The top 10 most frequently challenged books according to the American Library Association.
2010: 1) And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson; 2) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie; 3) Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley; 4) Crank, by Ellen Hopkins; 5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins; 6) Lush, by Natasha Friend; 7) What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones; 8) Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich; 9) Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie; 10) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
I am really surprised that Brave New World is still taking heat. It’s like, what, 100 years old? I can get behind the Twilight thing though, because have you seen what she does with commas? It makes my proclivity toward parenthetical thought look restrained.
Coming from a home where, as far as I know, I was allowed to read anything I wanted, and my teachers made me ask a couple times—A Clockwork Orange comes to mind, and boy was I sorry I chose that in the end—I find it strange that people want books banned. I get not wanting to read them, or finding them offensive, but I don’t get thinking you or your child or others in your community are too dumb to think through why you might disagree with a book and unilaterally decide that no one have access to it.