The American Library Association just released their list of the top ten books most challenged books of 2013, the vast majority of which where challenged by parents followed by school administrators.
Here’s a look at the list, featuring two books we often discuss right here in The Fandom:
- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
- The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
- Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
- Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
We believe that challenged book lists are a great place to form your reading list (though we’re cool if you want to move past Captain Underpants in your teens. We forgive you!) These titles often scare people because they introduce new scenarios and worldviews, some of which they don’t think teens should be exposed to, even though many scenarios will become part of teens’ lives as they grow.
Having grown up on banned books, we assure you that these titles did not send us on some devastating, wayward path. They understood us, nurtured us, and sometimes even saved us. We’re proud to see some of our favorites on this list!