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Banned Book Review: The Boy Who Lost His Face

January 10, 2006

49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

Reason: Themes of the occult and youthful sexuality

Young David gets involved with a gang of boys who harass an old woman in his neighborhood and becomes convinced that she has cursed him. David stumbles through the usual adolescent pitfalls in an attempt to deal with and get rid of his curse, including being embarrassed several times in front of the girl he likes. In the meantime, he also befriends the two school outcasts, learns the value of a real friendship, and gets to know a quirky old woman a little better. David thinks about kissing the girl he likes and there are discussions of dating, but that’s the extent of the “sexuality.” And while I won’t spoil the ending, I will say that people who complain about the “occult” themes didn’t make it to the end of the book.

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