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Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Two days left in Banned Book week – today we look at the 10 most challenged books of 2007.

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

  • Named as one of the best books of the year by the New York Times,
  • winning a Lewis Carroll award and
  • being named to the “Best of the Best 1966—1978” list by the School Library Journal.

Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

  • Third place in the BBC’s Big Read poll in 2003
  •  2001 Whitbread Book of the Year award. This is the first time that such an award has been bestowed on a book from their “children’s literature” category.
  • The first volume, Northern Lights, won the Carnegie Medal for children’s fiction in the UK in 1995.
  • In 2007 the judges of the CILIP Carnegie Medal for children’s literature selected it as one of the ten most important children’s novels of the previous 70 years.
  • In June 2007 it was voted, in an online poll, as the best Carnegie Medal winner in the seventy-year history of the award, the Carnegie of Carnegies
  • The Observer cites Northern Lights as one of the 100 best novels.
  • On May 19, 2005, Pullman attended the British Library in London to receive formal congratulations for his work from culture secretary Tessa Jowell “on behalf of the government”
  • On 25 May 2005 Pullman received the Swedish government’s Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s and youth literature.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

  • Hemingway declared, “All modern American literature comes from” Huck Finn, and hailed it as “the best book we’ve had.”

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

  • The American Book Award
  • The Pulitzer Prize

TTYL, by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults designation
  • Booklist Top-Ten Youth Romances includee
  • ALA Quick Pick

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

  • Publishers Weekly said, “this intelligent, amiable and carefully researched book… frankly explains the physical, psychological, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty.”

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • Recognized by YALSA in 2002 as a Popular Paperback for Young Adults
  • Chbosky has pointed out the positive effects that the book has had on youth: “A 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-boy wrote me and said they didn’t commit suicide because they read the book.”
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6 responses

  1. Truly amazing what ignorance and fear can do to a society. Yet another reason that we must safeguard our Bill of Rights from those who would deny us our constitutional rights in the name of safety, security and patriotism.

    Roxy

    3-October-2008 at 11:39 pm

  2. Ah a good re-read list… :).

    3-October-2008 at 11:56 pm

  3. Thank you, Sophia and DKM.

    Again, I just can’t believe the titles that are disputed. It doesn’t make a bit of sense to me.

    4-October-2008 at 1:12 pm

  4. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman is on the list?! One of my all time favourite books!

    Thank you for posting the list!

    14-October-2008 at 9:50 pm

  5. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman is on the list?! One of my all time favourite books!

    Thank you for posting the list…I have a lot of reading to do!

    14-October-2008 at 9:50 pm

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