Novels by Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer on ALA's Top Ten Most Challenged Book List

Posted on April 15, 2010

ALA Challenged Books 2010


Lauren Myracle's bestselling young adult novel series ttyl, which are written in the style of instant messaging, topped the American Library Association's (ALA) Top Ten list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009. Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper also joined the list this year.

"Even though not every book will be right for every reader, the ability to read, speak, think and express ourselves freely are core American values," said Barbara Jones, director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom. "Protecting one of our most fundamental rights - the freedom to read - means respecting each otherís differences and the right of all people to choose for themselves what they and their families read."

Here is the list:
  1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle. Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: Homosexuality
  3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
  5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group
  6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
  7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence
  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler. Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
  9. The Color Purple Alice Walker. Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

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