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1. Challenged and Banned Book List

If you are registering for the "Banned Book Challenge" and are looking for suggestions to read, there is a wonderful resource of Books Challenged or Banned in 2009–2010 for the United States.  This is an annual publication by Robert P. Doyle.  Books that have been challenged, banned or otherwise restricted between May 2009 and May 2010 can be found in this list, along with information about the where and when the challenge occurred and the result.  The challenges are ones that have been reported through the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom. 




This bibliography is part of a series which are available from 2003 to the present.

Take the Banned Book Challenge.  Set your own goal to read any number of banned or challenged books between February 20, 2011 and June 30, 2011.  Then, send us reviews, opinions, etc.

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    2. American Library Association's Top Ten for 2009

    The American Library Association (ALA) has released the 2009 Top Ten List of Most Frequently Challenged Books, as well as the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books for 2000-2009.

    The top 10 titles most challenged titles of 2009 were:

  • TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series) by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs

  • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
  • Reasons: Homosexuality

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

  • The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence

  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
  • Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

    The new books to the list are Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer and My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.

    The titles dropped from the list were:
    • His Dark Materials Trilogy (Series) by Philip Pullman

    • Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz

    • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

    • Gossip Girl (Series) by Cecily von Ziegesar

    • Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen

    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

    • Flashcards of My Life by Charise Mericle Harper
    How has the list compiled? According to the ALA,
    For nearly 20 years, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has collected reports on book challenges. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school, requesting that materials be removed or restricted because of content or appropriateness. In 2009, OIF received 460 reports on efforts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves.


    Read a book from this list for the Banned Book Challenge which runs until June 1. Register today.

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    3. Gearing Up for Banned Books Week

    As our neighbours to the south gear up for their Banned Books Week, I thought the following resources would come in handy for teachers and librarians looking for lists of challenged and banned books. These excellent yearly resources have been created by Robert P. Doyle who received the 2009 Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award. The books are sponsored by American Booksellers Association, American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, American Library Association, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Association of American Publishers, National Association of College Stores and are endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

    * 2008-2009
    * 2007-2008
    * 2006-2007
    * 2005-2006
    * 2004-2005
    * 2003-2004

    The resource for 2009 includes a bibliography of books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2008-2009 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2008 through May 2009.

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    4. What Should I Read?



    If you are gearing up for the "Banned Book Challenge" and are looking for ideas on what to read, find excerpts and full text to help you make your choice in 25 Banned Books You Should Read Today.

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    5. Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

    Accordian Guy offers a look at the many covers that have been used on Catcher in the Rye, a book that finds itself challenged often. According to the ALA, J. D. Salinger remains one of the top banned authors for 2000 - 2005.

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    6. Great Censorship Site

    Delete Censorship has a new look and some great new resources for anyone looking for information on banned books and other censorship issues. I personally like the moving book shelf. Click on an icon of a book and get the information on why it was challenged. Podcasts on issues around censorship are available for download.
    The Constitution of the United States, Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and Proclamation of Freedom to Read are available in PDF format.Although this site is sponsored by a book seller, the advertising is neither subliminal nor blatantly obvious.

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    7. Top Ten

    Alternative Reel presents some great photos of the original covers of the top 10 banned books of the 20th century.

    While you are there, take a look at other menu choices that have literary value. For example, Reel Reviews of Cult Fiction

    Disclaimer: Watch for links to a certain bookseller. This looks like a subtle form of advertising.

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    8. Censor Art


    Check out the web site on censorship that I found recently. It covers all media and all kinds of censorship issues. It is a good starting place for anyone researching what is censored, why, and by whom. It gives a great overview of the whole topic. Although there is not a comprehensive list, it includes lists of some banned books, films, and music and why they were banned.

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    9. Internationally Banned Books

    The International Freedom to Publish Committee offers the following list of books that are banned around the world. They are described as "a small representation of the many books throughout the world that are challenged, banned, or, in other, often devious ways, denied publication for political reasons."

    Arenas, Reinaldo
    Translated by Dolores M. Koch. Before Night Falls. Viking; Penguin. Arenas wrote this memoir in exile. None of Arenas's books is published or available in his native Cuba.

    Aung Sang Suu Ky
    Freedom from Fear and Letters from Burma. Penguin. The author was under house arrest in Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma), during the original publication of the first book, and neither book is published or distributed in Burma, where the author still lives.

    Dowd, Siobhan.ed.
    This Prison Where I live: The PEN Anthology of Imprisoned Writers. Cassell. This collection includes works by many writers who are still banned in their native country. Banned writers in the collection include Jack Mapanje (Malawi), Ahmad Shamloo (Iran), and Reza Baraheni (Iran).

    Duong Thu Huong
    Translated by Phan Huy Duong and Nina McPherson. Novel Without a Name and Paradise of the Blind. Morrow; Penguin. Huong was imprisoned for seven months in Vietnam without trial on charges of "sending state secrets abroad." The "state secrets" were her novel, Novel Without a Name. As reported by the New York Times, her books are effectively banned; all the publishing houses are government publishing houses, and they will not reprint her old books nor will they publish her new books. The Times reported that booksellers are too scared to stock samizdat copies.

    Farah, Nuruddin

    Secrets. Arcade Publishing. Farah has been in exile from Somalia for the past twenty years. Secrets is effectively banned in Somalia.

    Gyatso, Palden
    Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk. Grove-Atlantic Monthly. Banned in Tibet.

    Larson, Charles R.ed.
    Under African Skies: Modern African Stories. Farrar; Noonday Press. An anthology that includes writers such as Ken Saro-Wiwa, who was recently executed in Nigeria. It includes a piece by Ngugi Wa Thiongo, whose works are banned in his native Kenya.

    Pramoedya Ananta Toer

    Translated by Max Lane. This Earth of Mankind, Child of All Nations, Footsteps, and House of Glass. Morrow; Penguin. These four novels, which make up the Buru quartet, were composed by the author during his fourteen years of imprisonment in Indonesia without trial. Students have served prison terms of more than six years on subversion charges which resulted from an arrest for selling copies of these books.

    Pramoedya Ananta Toer
    Translated by Willem Samuels. The Mute's Soliloquy. Hyperion. A memoir of the author's years as a political prisoner. Banned in Indonesia.

    Sahebjam, Freidoune
    Translated by Richard Seaver. The Stoning of Soraya M. Arcade Publishing. Sahebjam lives in exile in France. Banned in Iran.

    Valdes, Zoe
    Translated by Sabina Cienfuegos. Yocandra in the paradise of Nada. Arcade Publishing. Banned in Cuba.

    Wang Shuo
    Translated by Howard Goldblatt. Playing for Thrills. Morrow; Penguin. This novel, along with all of Wang Shuo's other novels, was officially banned in China in 1996 as part of a "cultural cleansing campaign."

    Wei Jingsheng
    Translated by Kris Torgeson. The Courage to Stand Alone. Viking; Penguin. Wei was still in prison and incommunicado when the book was assembled and published. A Chinese-language edition was published in Taiwan and circulated around the world, but not on the mainland.

    Yahia, Latif, with Karl Wendl.
    I Was Saddam's Son. Arcade Publishing. After his escape from Iraq, the author sought refuge in Europe, where he was the subject of several assassination attempts. The book remains banned in Iran.

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    10. Lowry on "The Giver"

    Reporter Robert Trussell of The Kansas City Star recently spoke to Lois Lowry, author of The Giver and 33 other titles.

    The Giver continues to be listed on the American Library Association's list of 100 Most Challenged Books. The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal for children's literature. Twice it has been adapted for the stage. Both a musical and a movie are in development.

    According to Lowry the people who would censor the book are few in number but very vocal.

    The book is now in 22 languages, and as far as I know...the U.S. is the only country in which it’s undergone these challenges and controversies....So in Serbia it’s fine. In France it’s fine. In Germany they use it to introduce German children to the study of totalitarianism as a way of understanding what happened under Hitler.

    It is a book about the loss of collective memory. One person in each generation inherits the responsibilities of becoming the Receiver of Memory.
    Lowry was inspired in part by her experience with her mother and father.
    My parents at the time were very elderly and both in a nursing home....(My mother) was extremely fragile, blind and on oxygen, but her memory was intact. She liked to talk about events in her life, including some tragic ones. My father was physically healthy but had lost his memory. So I began thinking about memory and how we use it...and how dangerous it would be if we could control it.

    She sees the irony in having written a book that is about the protection of free speech that has almost constantly been on the most-challenged book list.

    So why do so many people find the book objectionable?
    I’ve been dealing with this for some years now, and I still don’t have an answer...They point to two passages in the book. If they would read the book and if they had any intelligence, they could put those passages in context.

    So why would the book be challenged so often in the U.S. and nowhere else?
    I don’t have an answer to that...but in recent years we’ve all observed a movement towards more conservative and...fundamentalist thought coming forward. But Christian churches use it a lot, and Jewish people give it as a bar mitzvah gift. So it covers all bases.

    Lowry firmly believes that good books can’t harm young readers.
    I think even literature that includes harsh reality, which good literature often does, has a role in the lives of young people.


    Thanks to Finding Wonderland: The WritingYA Weblog, here are excerpts and a link to Lowry's Newbery Award speech.

    I think the 1990 Newbery freed me to risk failure....The Newbery Committee was gutsy too. There would have been safer books. More comfortable books. More familiar books. They took a trip beyond the realm of sameness, with this one, and I think they should be very proud of that.

    And all of you, as well. Let me say something to those of you here who do such dangerous work.

    The man that I named The Giver passed along to the boy knowledge, history, memories, color, pain, laughter, love, and truth. Every time you place a book in the hands of a child, you do the same thing. It is very risky.

    But each time a child opens a book, he pushes open the gate that separates him from Elsewhere. It gives him choices. It gives him freedom. Those are magnificent, wonderfully unsafe things.

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    11. Full Text of Bridge to Terabithia


    Here is a web site dedicated to the book Bridge to Terabithia, a children's novel which has faced a number of challenges. The full text is available in HTML format, for use in educational settings.

    The movie is due to be released in 2007. Visit Rotten Tomatoes to find reviews and more about the movie.

    Update: The Lizard Queen has done quite a good analysis of the reasons this book has been challenged.

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