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Reading challenges

The American Library Association celebrates Read Banned Books Week by listing the books most frequently challenged authors in 2002 and the 100 most challenged from 1990-2002.

The most challenged books of 2002:

Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for its focus on wizardry and magic.
Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for being sexually explicit, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier (the “Most Challenged” book of 1998), for using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, for sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.
“Taming the Star Runner” by S.E. Hinton, for offensive language.
“Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey, for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, for racism, insensitivity and offensive language.
“Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language, sexual content and Occult/Satanism.
“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, for insensitivity, racism and offensive language.
“Julie of the Wolves” by Jean Craighead George, for sexual content, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.

The most distressing thing is that the home page of the ALA shows how politicized the freedom to read has become.

3 Responses to “Reading challenges”

  1. thanks for the info.

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