Multcolib Homework Center Picks: ALA top ten challenged books of 2012
Annotation:Who knew that a children's story about a superhero in underpants would become the most challenged book of the decade! From this first book to the latest, the series has been challenged for "offensive language, unsuited for age group."
Annotation:A heartbreaking young adult story of teen suicide, this book has been challenged for "drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group."
Annotation:The picture book, based on a true story of two male penguins raising a baby chick, has been challenged as "unsuitable for age group" because of it's portrayal of "homosexuality".
Annotation:The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant has been challenged for "homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit."
Annotation:Winner of the Printz Award for young adult literature, students at a boarding school cope with pranks, drinking, driving and death. This coming-of-age story has been challenged for "offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group."
Annotation:First published in 1981 for young readers, this title and it's sequels have been on the challenged list for years as "unsuited for age group, violence." The stories are both traditional and original ghost stories, tales of weird happenings, witches, and graveyards.
Annotation:A haunting depiction of slavery and it's consequences, Booklist wrote: "...Morrison's vision of black life, particularly the impact of the past on the present, is mythical in the telling." The book has been challenged for "sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence".
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Here are the 10 most challenged books in the last decade according to the American Library Association (ALA). The list includes award winners, picture books, juvenile and adult books. Most of them are also available as ebooks, audiobooks, and large print.