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The Most Challenged Books of 2012

Posted by: Mary Kearl, April 18, 2013 6:16 pm
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Fifty Shades of Grey Banned Book

Every year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks books that are challenged by members of the community, banned from libraries or are otherwise restricted in libraries. The organization recently released the top ten books (or series) that were most challenged last year, included below, all of which can be found at Queens Library. 

    Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie 
    “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher 
    “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James 
    “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell 
    “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini 
    “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green 
    Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz 
    “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls 
    “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison

A note on our collection development: The Library opposes any attempts by individuals or groups of individuals to censor materials selected for its Community Libraries and Central Library collections. Further, the Library's decision to acquire or remove materials from its collections will not be determined by partisan or doctrinal points of view. 


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