Monday, September 28, 2009

Banned Books Week

Books continue to be targeted for removal from schools, bookstores, and libraries in the USA. September 26−October 3, 2009, is Banned Books Week. According to the American Library Association, the 10 most challenged titles in 2008 were:

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Lauren Myracle
Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper

According to the ALA the following authors have also been challenged in banning attempts: F. Scott Fitzgerald, J.D. Salinger, John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Alice Walker, James Joyce, Toni Morrison, William Golding, George Orwell, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Aldous Huxley, etc. Pretty good company, I think.

For more information, here is the Banned Books Week website.

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