Banned Books Week: In 2017

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Banned Books Week: In 2017

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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

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?

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.

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.

Editado: Set 26, 2017, 7:01pm

>5 bergs47:

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

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).

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... :)

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.

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).