Last year we told you about nine books that had been banned in various libraries and schools across the country. Not surprisingly, there are a few crossovers with this list. Check it out below.
- The Chocolate War: This 36-year-old book is still accused of foul language, sexual explicitness, nudity, and being unsuited for its age group. (It is categorized as young adult.)
- The Color Purple: Perennially hated, this Pulitzer prize-winning book is loathed for being sexually explicit and profane. Its content has been called unsuited for its age group; though, it's not labeled young adult.
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things: Recommended on Amazon for grades 7-10, this book has been called unsuited for its age group. Also? What else but sexually explicit.
- My Sister's Keeper: From homosexuality to drugs to suicide, this decidedly adult book has been accused of everything. Including being unsuitable for its age group.
- The Catcher in the Rye: Ahh, yes Holden Caulfield will always be known for his potty mouth, sex-crazed 16-year-old imagination, and having a poor attitude. This all makes the novel unsuitable for other 16 year olds.
- Twilight: It seems you can't win! People have complained about Twilight's religious viewpoint and being sexually explicit.
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- To Kill a Mockingbird: Let's see. Besides being one of the most valuable depictions of race relations in the South, it's totally offensive. For, of course, the very racism it tries to fight.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower: This book was banned from a ninth grade classroom for being too sexual. Other complaints? It's antifamily, there's gay characters in it, and people take drugs and say bad words. It is, however, labeled young adult.
- And Tango Makes Three: This terrible, terrible children's book has been banned more than once for featuring two same-sex penguins in a committed relationship and parenting a child penguin. While the complaints are numerous, there's only one problem: homosexuality.
- TTYL: The most complained about book has been banished from at least one middle-school library for profanity. Complaints range from nudity (emoticons?) and drugs to sexual explicitness and language.
Any surprise you?