Monday, April 27, 2009

Top 10 most challenged books for 2008

The Office of Intellectual Freedom keeps tabs on challenges to books in libraries.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness. In 2008, OIF received 513 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.
From the American Library Association, here is the list of the books most frequently challenged during calendar year 2008:

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell*
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
* this one is based on true events, about a male couple of chinstrap penguins who successfully raised a chick at the Central Park Zoo
2. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman*
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, violence
* I've read two of the three books in this series; very interesting works. Very good.
3. TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, violence
5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, violence
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group
7. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8. Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited to age group
9. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
10. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

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