ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN most challenged book of 2014


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.

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