The 10 Most "Challenged" Books of 2008
a book list by Peter, the avid reader who runs Flashlight Worthy
shelved under Young Adult & Teen
Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten books most frequently challenged as "too offensive" to appear in a public library. Below is the top ten list for 2008.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. Note that the ALA doesn't claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges — research suggests that for each challenge reported, there are as many as four or five which go unreported.
Finally, I noticed the ALA received a total of 513 challenges in 2008 — a 22% increase over 2007. Also, in 2007, a full half of the books listed reflected an undercurrent of racism in the challenges, yet this year, racism isn't cited for any of the books. It's nice to see that the close-minded people of our nation have diversified the number of issues they find offensive. ;-)
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