The censor General Ho Chien believed that this insulted humans.) (Challenged as an optional reading in a bullying unit at the Lake Oswego, Oregon Junior High School  because the novel is "peppered with profanities, ranging from derogatory slang terms to sexual encounters and violence." Students are given a list of book summaries and a letter to take to their parents.
Four of the 8 optional books offered are labeled as having "mature content/language.") (Challenged, but retained in three Beyer High School classrooms in Modesto, California in 2003 despite complaints that the book is “pornographic.” The decision reversed the actions of district administrators who had removed the book in early November, 2003.
The book won the Chicago Sun Times Carl Sandburg Literary Award and was designated as a New York Times notable book.
"Violence and sex." "Pornographic and offensive in its stereotyping of Latinos.") (Challenged in the Ravenna, Ohio schools  because, "What we kept finding and going over was sexual content and profanity," said the complainant.
The novel has received several awards including the New York Times Notable Book Award.
It was also a Garden State Teen Book Award nominee.) (Was originally to be published by Simon and Schuster, but they withdrew after protests from the National Organization of Women calling the book "dangerously misogynistic." The New York Times headlined a review of the book "Don't Buy This Book." Sale and purchase of this book was banned in the Australian State of Queensland.
The book was pulled from the middle school library recommended list because of concerns that the book deals with the occult.) (The first ruler of the Chin Dynasty ordered all books relating to the teachings of Confucius burned.The student and mother have threatened to file a civil-rights complaint because of alleged racial treatment, the segregation of the student, and the use of a racial slur in the classroom.Challenged in the Lakeville, Minnesota High School  and St.Pulled from classes in Taylor, Michigan, schools  because of complaints about its liberal use of common racial slurs.Challenged as required reading at Cactus High in Peoria, Arizona .