Click above to read an article about banned books. My friend Tom Devaney was quoted a few times in it.
"Banned books tell stories about society that make people anxious enough that they wanted to censor them," (Tom) Devaney said.
Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2007
1. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell. Picture book. Reasons: anti-ethnic, sexism, homosexuality, anti-family, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.
2. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier. Youth novel. Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence.
3. Olive's Ocean, by Kevin Henkes. Youth novel. Reasons: sexually explicit and offensive language.
4. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman. Youth novel. Reason: Religious viewpoint.
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain. Novel. Reason: racism.
6. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. Novel. Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language.
7. TTYL, by Lauren Myracle. Youth novel. Reasons: sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group.
8. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. Novel. Reason: sexually explicit.
9. It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie H. Harris. Youth nonfiction. Reasons: sex education, sexually explicit.
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. Novel. Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group.
I've read 5 of these and plan to read the other 5 this year.