ALA’s Most Challenged Books of 2009

Here are the most challenged books of last year.  In 2009, ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom received reports of 460 efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula or library shelves.  However, many of the challenges go unreported.  The OIF estimates that only 20-25% of challenges are reported. 

Amazing to see Tango no longer in the top place.  Welcome Lauren Myracle whose books are edgy, modern and great fun to read!  Equally amazing is to see older titles like The Chocolate War continuing to offend over decades of time.

Here are the most challenged books in those 460 that were reported:

1. “TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs


2. “And Tango Makes Three” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality


3. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide


4. “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group


6. “Catcher in the Rye,” by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


7. “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence


8. “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things,” by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


9. “The Color Purple,” Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group


10. “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

 

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