Once again, Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian hit the most challenged list. The American Library Association’s annual report, released on April 12th, put the contemporary YA novel at #1 on its top ten list of frequently challenged books.
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian follows Junior, an aspiring cartoonist on the Spokane Indian Reservation who ends up attending an all-white farm school. The only other Indian in attendance is the school mascot. The book ranked #3 in the list last year, behind David Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series and Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye.
This year’s list also includes Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, which follows letters Charlie sends that document his freshman year of high school.
Recent censorship attempts had Alexie’s book pulled out of the curriculum of a school in Meridian, Idaho. When protesting students were ignored, local booksellers raised enough money to give a free copy of the book to every student who wanted to read it.
My art first got censored in 3rd grade when I was sent home for drawing Sasquatch peeing on a campfire.
— Sherman Alexie (@Sherman_Alexie) April 18, 2015