Challenged Works

Goosebumps and Fear Street book series

By R. L. Stine


1995—A parent group in Halifax asked that both these series be withdrawn from schools in the Halifax School Board’s jurisdiction.

Objection—The books were said to convey violence and a lack of respect for parental authority.

Update—The board agreed that parents could govern what their own children read in school but not what other children read. It was agreed that the books should be available at age-appropriate levels; thus the Fear Street series was placed in junior high school libraries but withdrawn from elementary schools. When the parent group subsequently asked that all horror books be withdrawn from schools, the board turned down the request.

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