Books on Text Messaging Teens Were the Most Challenged Books of 2009

Interesting development, and always good to know that the classics which predate texting by decades still make the list. The good folks at the American Library Association note:
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Lauren Myracle’s best-selling young adult novel series ttyl, the first-ever novels written entirely in the style of instant messaging, tops the American Library Association’s (ALA) Top Ten list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009:

1. ttyl, ttfn, l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs

2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: Homosexuality

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Anti-Family, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide

4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: Racism, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: Sexism, Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group, Drugs, Suicide, Violence

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

9. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Read More on the American Library Association website

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a library science student and I’m always kind of annoyed at the fact that most challenged books are FREAKING CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT NOVELS! Let me tell you, if any parent came up to me complaining about Animorphs or something, I would be incredibly tempted to shove some William S. Burroughs in their face.

    (This is a reason I’m probably not entirely suited for a public library.)

  • nemoide

    I'm a library science student and I'm always kind of annoyed at the fact that most challenged books are FREAKING CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT NOVELS! Let me tell you, if any parent came up to me complaining about Animorphs or something, I would be incredibly tempted to shove some William S. Burroughs in their face.

    (This is a reason I'm probably not entirely suited for a public library.)

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