The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel is the story of a girl named Ayla, who is lost in the forest after a tremendous earthquake. She is found and taken by the Clan of the Cave Bear, who treat her differently based on how she looks and acts. She is blond with blue eyes and pale skin, and has a larger vocabulary than most of the members of the clan. She is able to hunt very well, a skill that is forbidden for the women of the clan, and that makes her an enemy of the clan leader’s son, Broud. Broud taunts her while they are young and later rapes her. She becomes pregnant, but is exiled from the clan soon after the birth of her son because Broud, who has by this time become clan leader, blames her for an earthquake. She is forced to leave her son behind. In 1988, 1992 and 1993, the novel was challenged in both middle schools and high schools for containing explicit and vulgar sexual content. Only in 1992 was it successfully removed from the school’s reading list and library.
Source: Karolides, Nicholas J., Margaret Bald, and Dawn B. Sova. “The Clan of the Cave Bear.” 120 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. 2nd ed.New York: Checkmark, 2011. 347-48. Print.