ALA Most Frequently Challenged Books 2009
Avert your eyes!
The American Library Association just released their list of the ten most challenged books of the past year. Here are the top five:
1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
2. â€œAnd Tango Makes Threeâ€ by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
3. â€œThe Perks of Being A Wallflower,â€ by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
4. â€œTo Kill A Mockingbird,â€ 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
The most notable move is Lauren Myracle’s ttyl series taking over the top spot from And Tango Makes Three, which had held #1 for the past three years. Arriving in the top five this year are The Perks of Being a Wallflower (rising from #6 last year), the extremely offensive (kidding!) To Kill a Mockingbird, and the Twilight series (which wasn’t in the top ten last year).
But wait! Since the aughts are over, ALA has also kindly compiled a list of the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009. Click here to read it.
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