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What is the difference between a challenge books and banned books? A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A ban is the removal of those materials. Below is a lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools and banned books.

The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include:

  1. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris (Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”)
  2. Saga, by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.)
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”)
  4. And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”)
  5. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier (Reasons: sexually explicit)
  6. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group)
  7. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence)
  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”)
  9. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”)
  10. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”)

Ten Banned Books

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
  2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley, 1965
  3. The Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
  4. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway, 1940
  5. Howl, Allen Ginsberg, 1956
  6. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1966
  7. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, 1952
  8. Our Bodies, Ourselves, Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, 1971
  9. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak, 1963
  10. The Words of Cesar Chavez, Cesar Chavez, 2002


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