Challenged Works

Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson


2006—A parent challenged this children’s book used by the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB). The book is a winner of the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal which is awarded annually to a distinguished children’s book.

Objection—The parent objected to certain words in the text: “pervert,” “lordy” and “seethrough blouse.”

Update—The principal of the school reported the challenge to the OCSB’s Derry Byrne Teacher Resource Centre (DBTRC). The librarians at the DBTRC did not proceed with the complaint; instead, they suggested that the teacher give the student another book to read.

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