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The A.L.A.'s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008
reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:
Tango Makes Three," by Justin
2. "His Dark Materials Trilogy"
(Series), Philip Pullman
3. "TTYL"; "TTFN"; "L8R, G8R" (Series),
4. "Scary Stories" (Series), Alvin
5. "Bless Me, Ultima," by Rudolfo Anaya
6. "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," by
7. "Gossip Girl" (Series), by Cecily von
8. "Uncle Bobby's Wedding," by Sarah S.
9. "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini
10. "Flashcards of My Life," by Charise
Six titles were dropped from the list, including: "The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier (challenged for sexually explicit content, offensive language and violence); "Olive's Ocean," by Kevin Henkes (for sexually explicit content and offensive language); "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," by Mark Twain (for racism); "The Color Purple," by Alice Walker (for homosexuality, sexually explicit content and offensive language); "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou (for sexually explicit content); and "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie Harris (for sexually explicit content).
For more information on book challenges and censorship, please visit the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom's Banned Books Week Web site at www.ala.org/bbooks.