Why was Bridge to Terrebithia banned?
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I saw the movie in grade school and cried my eyes out. Then I got over it. I guess people want to protect children from sad stuff?
Love the word "ensaddened". I shall endeavour to use it thrice today.
Language - there's been a big movement to get rid of anything with profanity of any kind from school shelves. So it becomes the "official" reason when the kids say damn and hell to remove the book. Lame as it is - some schools compromise an just get permission from parents for the kids to read the materials.
The other reason - witchcraft and religious intolerance bordering on blasphemy. The kids create their own world - welcome witchcraft! Hard-core views say the kids are being presented as on the same level as god because they create a world. Then there's the fact that the kids openly question organized religion and going to church. It's not the main focus of the book by a long shot - but they talked about it and now the cat's out of the bag.
The "it's depressing!" is also a reason but the first two tend to be the more cited. In 2003, when it made the ALA's top 10, the 2 top reasons were language and occult/satanism:
Sorry (sort of) for the rant.