Seeing as tomorrow is the start of Banned Books week, I decided to use this post to highlight the top ten books that were banned in the year 2011 as reported by the ALA and the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
"an epistolary novel entirely out of IM transcripts between three high-school girls"
ttyl (AZ | BN)
ttfn (AZ | BN)
l8r, g8r (AZ | BN)
Reasons Banned: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
The Color Trilogy by Kim Dong Hwa - Various (paperbacks)
"A trilogy about a girl coming of age, set in the vibrant, beautiful landscape of pastoral Korea"
The Color of Earth (AZ | BN)
The Color of Water (AZ | BN)
The Color of Heaven (AZ | BN)
Reasons Banned: sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
"Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?"
The Hunger Games (AZ | BN)
Catching Fire (AZ | BN)
Mockingjay (AZ | BN)
Reasons Banned: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler - $6.95
"Elizabeth's mom is having a baby, and the whole family is involved. Elizabeth learns all about the baby's development, and she traces his growth, month by month."
Reasons Banned: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - $9.99
AZ | BN
"Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live."
Reasons Banned: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
Alice Series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - Various
"Alice McKinley is about to become a teenager, but she doesn't know how. Her mother has been dead for years, and what do her father and her nineteen-year-old brother, Lester, know about being a teenage girl?"
All 25 books.
AZ | BN
Reasons Banned: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - $8.99-$9.99
AZ | BN
"Aldous Huxley's tour de force, "Brave New World" is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order."
Reasons Banned: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones - $7.99
AZ | BN
"My name is Sophie.
This book is about me.
the heart-stoppingly riveting story
of my first love.
And also of my second.
And, okay, my third love, too."
Reasons Banned: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
Gossip Girl Series by Cecily Von Ziegesar - Various
"Welcome to New York City's Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep--sometimes with each other."
All 13 books.
AZ | BN
Reasons Banned: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - $7.99
AZ | BN
"Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos."
Reasons Banned: offensive language; racism
To learn more about Banned Books week, check out http://bannedbooksweek.org/.