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Banned Books Week: In 2017

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1bergs47
Set 26, 2017, 6:21am

The 10 most challenged books in the US last year:

1. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Reasons: Challenged over LGBT characters, drug use and profanity. It was also considered sexually explicit, with mature themes.

2. Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Reasons: Challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit and considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.

3. George by Alex Gino
Reasons: Challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels”.

4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Reasons: Challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and “offensive viewpoints”.

5. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reasons: Challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit content.

6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Challenged for a sexually explicit scene that might lead a student to “sexual experimentation”.

7. Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction, illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Reason: Challenged because it was considered sexually explicit.

8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread by Chuck Palahniuk
Reasons: Challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness and being “disgusting and all-around offensive”.

9. The Little Bill series by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P Honeywood
Reason: Challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.

10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Reason: Challenged for offensive language

2elenchus
Set 26, 2017, 9:31am

Thanks for posting the list, useful for having discussion about individual titles as well as banned books generally.

I assume there are multiple sources for these lists. Which is this one from, or is it your own compilation?

3MarthaJeanne
Set 26, 2017, 10:20am

I looked at 5. at the library last week and decided that I'd probably not enjoy it on the basis of the reviews here. (Writing style, not content.) But maybe I should reconsider.

4elenchus
Editado: Set 26, 2017, 10:40am

I've heard of a couple on that list, but have only read #2 -- it's a favourite of my daughter. I would call it romantically explicit, not sexually explicit.

6elenchus
Editado: Set 26, 2017, 7:01pm

>5 bergs47:

Interesting article, and thanks for providing the link. Plus ça change ...

7lilithcat
Set 26, 2017, 7:09pm

>4 elenchus:

And they got it from the American Library Association. The list is from 2016 (since, obviously, 2017 isn't over yet).

8Sandydog1
Abr 20, 2018, 8:56pm

>1 bergs47:

Ho-hum. The reason anyone reads Chuck Palahniuk is became he is "disgusting and all-around offensive". Big whoopee... :)

9Cecrow
Jan 15, 2019, 9:08am

Re Drama, not banned exactly but reconsidered as not 'age appropriate' for Catholic elementary school libraries in Ottawa, Canada. Unusual enough that it makes our national news.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/drama-telgemeier-banned-ottawa-catholic-sc...

10elenchus
Jan 15, 2019, 9:55am

>9 Cecrow:

I wonder how much has to do with the gay romance and not the romance simpliciter, it's treated straightforwardly but without any condemnation. I suspect "age-appropriate" is a euphemism for the Catholic Church's discomfort with gay people, despite the efforts by the Church to "love the sinner" (I hear them regularly as part of my child's Confirmation classes).