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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrate Your Freedom to Read

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
Quick! Take this quiz. What do Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Fifty Shades of Grey and Looking for Alaska (by John Green, author of the blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars) all have in common?
  1. They were penned by best-selling authors.
  2. They were turned into or optioned for movies.
  3. Each one has been the subject of banning requests.
  4. All of the above.
The correct answer is D.

Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from schools and libraries. Celebrate YOUR freedom to read and right to choose books during Banned Books Week, September 21 to 27. Read more on the Banned Books Week website.

Here are the ten most challenged books of 2013, as reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
            The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
            Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

-Ginger Hawkins, Centreville Regional Library


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