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ALA's Most Challanged Books for 2011

The Detroit Free Press has a little piece on the American Library Association's list of most challenged books for 2011.  It should really come as no surprise that Suzanne Collins' popular hit The Hunger Games is on the list.  Thanks to the recent hit film, the book is as popular as ever.  Reasons provided for challenges to the trilogy include, "sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence, anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitivity, offensive language and occult/satanic."  Wow, that is one monster list of "offenses."  Maybe I missed quite a bit while reading the trilogy, but the only complaint I can really see is the clear "violence" that is prevalent in the series.  Even Collins agrees the books are violent and not for everyone.

I personally enjoying reading through the list of challenged titles and gain even more enjoyment reading the various reasons for challenges.  One of my favorites is "nudity."  Nudity in a book?  What will they think of next?  Obviously as a librarian I am not fan of book banning.  Thankfully in my library I have yet to receive a challenge.  I believe my training at Wayne State University and Gibraltar School District policy has me prepared if and when that day arrives.  I always chuckle when books are "challenged."  All that challenging a book does is make students want to read it even more.  Maybe I should write a book, self-publish it, stock it in my library and have a friend challenge it.  I will have a best-seller on my hands in no time.


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