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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Makes Most Challenged Books List

The American Library Association has released its popular list of the most challenged books in America.

A perennial highlight of Banned Books Week is the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In 2012, OIF received 464 reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. This is an increase from 2011 totals, which stood at 326 attempts.


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Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey
 
 

Offensive language, unsuited for age group

 
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie
 
 

Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit

 
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Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher
 
 

Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide

 
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Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James
 
 

Offensive language, graphic sexual content

 
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And Tango Makes Three

by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
 
 

Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

 
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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini
 
 

Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

 
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Looking for Alaska

by John Green
 
 

Offensive language, sexually explicit

 
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Scary Stories

by Alvin Schwartz
 
 

Unsuited for age group

 
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9

The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls
 
 

Offensive language, sexually explicit

 
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10

Beloved

by Toni Morrison
 
 

Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

 

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