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In Honor of Banned Books Week, Here Are the Most Challenged Books of 2014

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In Honor of Banned Books Week, Here Are the Most Challenged Books of 2014 - by Erin Blakemore/ SmartNews:Keeping You Current/ SmithsonianMag.com

"The American Library Association reported 311 formal, written challenges to books.

To Kill a Mockingbird. The Great Gatsby. The Diary of Anne Frank. Where the Wild Things Are. These aren’t just beloved, classic books — they’re books that have been banned or challenged over the years. Now, the American Library Association has released its list of 2014’s most-challenged books.


The list was released by the Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, which conducts oversight on library professionals and collects statistics on censorship. It uses newspapers and individual reports of challenges to published materials, then publishes a bimonthly newsletter on challenged books and compiles the statistics into an annual list. Every year during Banned Books Week, the list is published in what the Association calls an effort to “inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.”

This year, the ALA reported 311 formal, written challenges to books. At the top of this year’s list is Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which was number three on last year’s list. Dav Pilkev’s Captain Underpants series, which topped last year’s list, has fallen off the list, though Pilkev still remains on the ALA’s list of frequently-challenged authors..."


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Really? The Kite Runner. It's been a while since I read the book, but I thought it was outstanding in depicting another culture. No more violence than TV and movies. Who challenges these books?
 
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