The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007

by Isabel

Happy Banned Books Week!

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) “The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons: Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons: Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language

7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons: Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons: Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

h/t Jill @ Feministe

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One thought on “The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2007

  1. I know feel bad that I only read 4 of the 10. (2 of whom I passed on to my 9yo son). So I checked them out, to see if I could up my score.

    I may have to buy ‘and Tango makes three’ now, because we talk to our boys about ‘lion style’ fathers (look tough, much admired, ambitious, but mum does most of the work ;) ) and ‘pinguin style’ fathers (perceived as less cool, equally sharing the tasks & kidsraising). We also tell them that they haven’t hit puberty yet, so they cannot be sure wether they might turn out to be homosexual themselves – and if they were, would they suddenly become different persons with different goals in life (they have a ‘pinguin father’ and want to become dads themselves). Though my kids might be too old to read it.

    I ordered the Wallflowerbook, and thought it would actually make sense to have an English sex-ed book so my (Dutch) kids can discuss things with their (English) father too. But I order from the UK, not the USA – and it took additional effort to find the Robie Harris book because it is called “Let’s Talk About Sex” in this part of the world. Appearantly that title, though clear, was deemed too controversial for the USA.

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