ALA’s top ten banned books

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The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom just published their list of the top ten banned books from last year. I haven’t read Olive’s Ocean or TTYL yet, but if they really are sexually explicit and have offensive language I will probably enjoy them immensely.

1. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”And Tango Makes Three,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”The Chocolate War,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Robert Cormier

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”Oliveà ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢s Ocean,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Kevin Henkes

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

4. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”The Golden Compass,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Philip Pullman

Reason: Religious Viewpoint

5. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Mark Twain

Reason: Racism

6. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”The Color Purple,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Alice Walker

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

7. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”TTYL,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Maya Angelou

Reason: Sexually Explicit

9. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”Ità ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢s Perfectly Normal,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Robie Harris

Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10. à ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”The Perks of Being A Wallflower,à ¢Ã¢”š ¬  by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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