10 Most Challenged Books of 2006

Phew.  I finally finished the last Harry Potter book, which got me thinking…I wonder what the most challenged books will be for 2007?  It’s more of a small curiosity rather than wondering who is going to win the next Eurovision Song Contest or the Stanley Cup.

Last year And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell topped ALA’s list because of the gay co-parenting penguins in a New York zoo.  Here are the other nine:

  • Gossip Girls series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;
  • Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;
  • Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;
  • Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.
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