The Frisco Independent School District of Frisco, Texas, has released a list of books that have either been completely banned from school libraries or restricted to specific grades. The list contains books ranging from novels by Neil Gaiman to comics like Monstress.
Gaiman highlighted the decision to ban American Gods, Anansi Boys and The Ocean at the End of Lane on Twitter, calling it an "astonishing" decision. According to the total list of banned books on the Frisco district website, American Gods was removed from all school libraries because it contained "obscene content," while Anansi Boys and The Ocean at the End of the Lane were deemed books intended for adults and therefore inappropriate for school campuses.
In total, 307 different results show up on the district's list of materials that were removed from at least one campus level. George R. R. Martin's novels in the A Song of Ice and Fire series -- better known by the title of the first book in the saga, A Game of Thrones -- were also classified as adults-only reading material and set to be removed from schools. In the realm of comics, four collected volumes of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda's Monstress -- a series featuring a combination of steampunk and kaiju fantasy elements -- were banned for obscene content. Manga such as Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Spy x Family, in contrast, were deemed only appropriate for grades nine and above.
Recent Texas Book Bannings
This is far from the first time that the Frisco Independent School District has prominently appeared in the news over controversial books. In August, Texas Representative Jared Patterson, a Republican, filed challenges to 23 books found in the school's libraries. Most of the books highlighted by Patterson were young adult works by Ellen Hopkins including Burned and Smoke, novels that feature a teenager grappling with a religious upbringing, drug addiction and familial abuse. Both books are now on Frisco's list of formally banned works for featuring obscene content. Despite this, a poll conducted by CBS News in February indicated that the majority of Americans reject the idea of banning books.
Source: Twitter, Frisco ISD