The ALA’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009

Posted April 14, 2010 by Sara | Novel Novice 4 Comments

As National Library Week continues, the American Library Association has revealed the top 10 most challenged books of 2009. These annual lists are the driving force behind the ALA’s annual Banned Books Week, which celebrates the freedom to read and the First Amendment.

Here is a look at this year’s list:

  1. IM series by Lauren Myracle
  2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell & Justin Richardson
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  7. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

These are all really excellent books, and I’m always glad that attempts to have books like these banned are denied. Go freedom of speech!!!

Over at our sister site, Novel Novice Twilight, we also talk about how Twilight has made its way onto the list this year.

Banned Books Week is coming this Sept. 25th to Oct. 2nd.

For the comments: Which books from the list have you read? Why do you think they made the 10 most challenged list of 2009?

Sara | Novel Novice

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4 responses to “The ALA’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2009

  1. Seriously? “To Kill a Mockingbird”?! And “Twilight”?! Uhm yes, let’s ban the conservative Morman’s book because she promotes abstinence until marriage and discusses the value of a soul and human life. Puh-lease.

    • sgundell

      I think all of the “challenges” are ridiculous. Kudos to the ALA & the OIF for sticking up for free speech, and keeping these books on library shelves. The whole concept of “banning books” is so archaic.

      As a parent, you can decide what you do and don’t want your kid to be reading — but keep it at home. The rest of the world would like options. kthxbye.

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