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Banned, Censored & Challenged Books
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom faces many challenges to remove books from shelves. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. For every challenge that is reported, 4 or 5 remain unreported. Why do you think these books were challenged?
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  Cover Art: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
229 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Th1rteen R3asons Why Asher, Jay
Th1rteen R3asons Why
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
288 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: On My Honor Bauer, Marion Dane
On My Honor
When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is devasted and terrified at having to tell both sets of parents the terrible consequences of their disobedience.
90 p. 1986
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Forever... : a Novel Blume, Judy
Forever... : a Novel
Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will last forever.
199 p. 1975
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Draw Me a Star Carle, Eric
Draw Me a Star
An artist's drawing of a star begins the creation of an entire universe around him as each successive pictured object requests that he draw more.
[32] p. 1992
Easy Picture Book
  Cover Art: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Chbosky, Stephen
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Written in the form of letters to an anonymous Dear Friend, shy and introspective Charlie, a high school freshman, documents his day-to-day thoughts and feelings of some of the many struggles faced in high school -- from how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, sexuality, a first romance, family tensions, and experimenting with drugs, to dealing with the recent suicide of his best friend.
213 p. 1999
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Hunger Games Collins, Suzanne
The Hunger Games
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
374 p. 2008
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Chocolate War Cormier, Robert
The Chocolate War
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
253 p. 2004
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Whale Talk Crutcher, Chris
Whale Talk
Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.
220 p. 2001
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott
The Great Gatsby
Millionaire Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.
180 p. 2004
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Annie On My Mind Garden, Nancy
Annie On My Mind
Liza tries to put aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at Foster Academy, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of others.
263 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Julie of the Wolves George, Jean Craighead
Julie of the Wolves
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
170 p. 1972
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Looking for Alaska : a Novel Green, John
Looking for Alaska : a Novel
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
221 p. 2005
Teen Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: A Time to Kill Grisham, John
A Time to Kill
xii, 515 p. 1992
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Outsiders Hinton, S. E.
The Outsiders
Ponyboy and his brothers struggle to find their place in a difficult world after the deaths of their parents.
188 p. 2007
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Crank Hopkins, Ellen
Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter, gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.
537 p. 2004
Teen Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Kite Runner Hosseini, Khaled
The Kite Runner
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present.
324 p. 2003
Adult Fiction Book
Other formats available
  Cover Art: Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World
Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order.
259 p. 2006
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: A Wrinkle in Time L'Engle, Madeleine
A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murray and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
211 p. 1962
Children's Fiction Book
  Cover Art: To Kill a Mockingbird Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird
Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel--a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.
296 p. 1960
Adult Fiction Book
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