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Challenged books in America

If you thought America didn’t ban books, you were wrong.

From 2000-2009 alone, over 5000 challenged books were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in America. Several of the top reasons were: sexually explicit material, offensive language, deemed unsuited to age group, violence, and homosexuality.

The top ten challenged from 2001-2013 are as follows:

  1. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey- two boys, George and Harold, fight against their evil gym teacher, Mr. Meaner, who tries to make them perfect and obedient students.
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison- an African American girl desires to have blue eyes and blonde hair.
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie- Junior leaves his  high school on the indian reservation to attend an all white school.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James-College student Ana goes to interview entrepreneur Christian Grey and they both are desperate to get close to one another.
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins- In Panem, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers for a deadly game consisting of 24 kids on live television.
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone- 3 friends get caught up in an older “bad boy” at their high school.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska by John Green- Miles is fed up with his boring life and goes to a boarding school where he meets a girl named Alaska and his world is changed.
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- this book follows a boy named Charlie figuring who he is between adolescence and adulthood, experiencing love, loss, drugs and more along the way.
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya- Ultima is a pagan that comes into Antonio’s life at a young age.
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone by Jeff Smith-3 cousins are lost in the woods and separated in the woods and one by one adventure their way through the forest filled with wonderful creatures.
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Have you read any of these challenged books? Would you consider banning any of them? Comment below!

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