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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Makes Most Challenged Books List

The American Library Association has released its popular list of the most challenged books in America.

A perennial highlight of Banned Books Week is the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness. In 2012, OIF received 464 reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. This is an increase from 2011 totals, which stood at 326 attempts.



Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey



Offensive language, unsuited for age group




The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie



Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit




Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher



Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide




Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James



Offensive language, graphic sexual content




And Tango Makes Three

by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson



Homosexuality, unsuited for age group




The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini



Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit




Looking for Alaska

by John Green



Offensive language, sexually explicit




Scary Stories

by Alvin Schwartz



Unsuited for age group




The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls



Offensive language, sexually explicit





by Toni Morrison



Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence


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