Read a (challenged) Book

bewareSignEvery April, the American Library Association releases its State of American Libraries report [ press releasefull report ] and one its highlights is the list of most “challenged” books. A challenge is defined as a “formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.” Challenges to the inclusion of books occurs mostly in public and school libraries; the very nature of academic inquiry at the post-secondary level makes challenges to materials practically nonexistent. Nonetheless, we at Rentschler Library stand behind the Library Bill of Rights. Here is the list of most challenged books for 2013 along with links to the Miami Library catalog in case you wanted to see more about each title. Or Read it.

1. “Captain Underpants” (series), by Dav Pilkey;

2. “The Bluest Eye,” by Toni Morrison;

3. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie;

4. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E.L. James;

5. “The Hunger Games,” by Suzanne Collins;

6. “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl,” by Tanya Lee Stone;

7. “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green;

8. “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky;

9. “Bless Me Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya; and

10. “Bone” (series), by Jeff Smith

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