ALA names most challenged books of 2013

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The American Library Association (ALA) have shared their annually compiled Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books list for 2013.  Compiled during Banned Books Week by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), the list detailed the books most frequently banned or subject to attempted book bans in America.

The latest list includes several beloved and frequently banned young adult books, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Looking for Alaska by John Green, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky at numbers three, five, seven, and eight respectively.  The reasons given for the challenges included drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit content, religious viewpoints, and homosexuality.  All four books were challenged on the grounds that they were not suitable for the intended age group.  The full list is as follows:

  1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

For more, visit the ALA website.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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