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Banned Books Week: 10 Banned or Challenged Young Adult Books


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Banned Books Week: 10 Banned or Challenged Young Adult Book
From The Perks of Being a Wallflower to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Young Adult titles have been some of the most challenged in schools and libraries in recent years. That's why this year's Banned Books Week (#BannedBooksWeek) is celebrating the Freedom to Read Young Adult Books. Check out the slide show to see 10 of the most frequently banned or challenged books
Events for Banned Books Week will take place September 27 – October 3, 2015.
“Protecting the right of young people to read a wide variety of books is an integral part of AAP’s work in support of free expression,” said Judith Platt, AAP’s Director of Free Expression Advocacy and chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee. “By focusing on Young Adult books we are reaffirming our commitment to keeping books that are challenging, entertaining and relevant to their lives freely available to them in school and public libraries and on classroom reading lists.”

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Banned Books Week: 10 Banned or Challenged Young Adult Books

  1. 1. Source: ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom 10 Frequently Challenged or Banned Young Adult Fiction Books 2015 Theme: Young Adult Fiction
  2. 2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By Sherman Alexie Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Why Challenged: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence, depictions of bullying
  3. 3. Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi Pantheon Books/Knopf Doubleday Source: Pantheon Books/Knopf Doubleday Why Challenged: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint, “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”
  4. 4. The Bluest Eye By Toni Morrison Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Why Challenged: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues” Source: Stock Photo
  5. 5. The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini Bloomsbury Publishing Source: Bloomsbury Publishing Why Challenged: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence
  6. 6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky MTV Books/Simon & Schuster Source: MTV Books/Simon & Schuster Why Challenged: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”
  7. 7. Drama By Raina Telgemeier Graphix/Scholastic Source: Graphix/Scholastic Why Challenged: sexually explicit
  8. 8. Chinese Handcuffs By Chris Crutcher Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Source: Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Why Challenged: depiction of incest, rape, animal torture, teen drug use, breaking and entering, illegal use of a video camera, profanity directed to a school principal, and graphic sexual references
  9. 9. The Giver By Lois Lowry HMH Books for Young Readers Source: HMH Books for Young Readers Why Challenged: depictions of adolescent drug use, suicide, and lethal injections
  10. 10. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Vintage/Knopf Doubleday Source: Vintage/Knopf Doubleday Why Challenged: mature content, social issues
  11. 11. Looking for Alaska By John Green Dutton Books/Penguin Random House Source: Dutton Books/Penguin Random House Why Challenged: Sexual content, inappropriate/graphic language
  12. 12. About Banned Books Week Banned Books Week (BBW) is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2015 celebration will be held Sept. 27-Oct. 3. BBW was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported. The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry. AAP represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. AAP is active in freedom of expression regionally, nationally and globally. Its Freedom to Read Committee serves as the publishing industry’s watchdog on a wide-ranging slate of free speech-related issues. Find us online at or on twitter at @AmericanPublish.
  13. 13. More information on Banned Books Week:Website: Facebook: Twitter: Follow the conversation #bannedbooksweek