Banned Books Week: The 10 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2012

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As mentioned in the previous Banned Books Week post, the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom received word of 464 book challenges in 2012.  Here is a list of the top ten books/series challenged, along with the reasons why they met with opposition.

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.  Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group.
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.  Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.  Reasons: Drugs / alcohol / smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit.
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group.
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.  Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz.  Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence.
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls.  Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit.
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison.  Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence.

Source: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/node/490

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