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American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2012

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As I mentioned in my Banned and Challenged Books of 2012-2013 post, the Captain Underpants series and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian were the top two most challenged books of 2012 according to the American Library Association. Seeing as I listed the first two, it seems only appropriate that I tell you the other eight titles that made the cut and the reasons why they’re so offensive to people as well. Happy Banned Books Week!

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(10) Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • Sexually explicit
  • Religious viewpoint
  • Violence

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(9) The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

  • Offensive language
  • Sexually explicit

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(8) Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz 

  • Unsuited for age group
  • Violence

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(7) Looking For Alaska by John Green

  • Offensive language
  • Sexually explicit
  • Unsuited for age group

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(6) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

  • Homosexuality
  • Offensive language
  • Religious viewpoint
  • Sexually explicit

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(5) And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

  • Homosexuality
  • Unsuited for age group

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(4) Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

  • Offensive language
  • Sexually explicit

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(3) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

  • Drugs/alcohol/smoking
  • Sexually explicit
  • Suicide
  • Unsuited for age group

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(2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  • Offensive language
  • Racism
  • Sexually explicit
  • Unsuited for age group

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(1) Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

  • Offensive language
  • Unsuited for age group
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6 thoughts on “American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2012

  1. My church purchased “And Tango Makes Three” when it became reconciled as a way to teach young ones about homosexuality. My teens absolutely LOVE the book, I had no idea we were so rebellious…

    • Well, keep on being rebellious! It’s absurd that you’d even be considered rebellious for teaching a book like And Tango Makes Three, but if you must be labeled as such, might as well embrace it. Everybody likes a good rebel every now and then, right? Especially when that good rebel is doing good things?

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