Friday’s Friends: Read any banned books lately?

As easy as A, B, C . . .  from BB and HA

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In celebration of Banned Book Week , we’re sharing some profound information about the event, including some of the most challenged books this past year and in decades before. You may be surprised!

The most banned, not challenged but downright banned, in libraries? The Harry Potter series.

Out of 464 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

Here is a list of challenged books in 2012 and the reasons why:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey. Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  3. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher. Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  5. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
  6. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
  8. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
  9. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
  10. Beloved, by Toni Morrison Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

How many banned/challenged books have you read? Here are two challenges:

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 1990-1999

100 Most Frequently Challenged Books from 2000-2009

See you day-after-tomorrow for Sunday Snippets

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