Monday, April 15, 2013

Most challenged books 2012

Every year the American Library Association compiles its list of the most challenged books in American libraries - those books which librarians are most often called on to ban. This year's list is:
Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
“Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)
“And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
“The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
“Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)
“The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)
“Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)

This isn't quite as depressing a list as usual, although it is pretty depressing. In the past we've had Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Color Purple on the list. All of them presumably complained about by people who didn't understand a word of them.

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