Banned Books Week - The 10 Most Challenged Titles Of 2012

Banned Books Week – The 10 Most Challenged Titles Of 2012

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  1. Sristi

    oh come can Beloved be on that list… that’s just sad! I can understand 50 shades being there though due to not just all those reasons but also due to bad narration

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  3. Susan Lewis Paciga

    I assigned Thirteen Reasons Why to my accelerated eighth graders for about 5 years running along with other books, and it was universally acclaimed by my students. One year, I had a student kill herself, which was horrible for all of us, and I seriously considered keeping the book off the list of options, but decided that it was exactly what some of the kids needed to read. They love that book, so, obviously, it must be bad for them.

    I also had Glass Castle as a summer reading assignment and got an aggrieved email from the chair of my department; apparently, a parent had complained about the language. I literally went through the book and counted offensive words: one f*ck, one motherf*cker, one c*nt, a couple of G*d damns….the chair still wanted to pull it. I convinced him to send out an email warning the parents of potentially offensive language and suggesting the parents choose one of the other non-fiction books in its place: Zeitoun or A Walk in the Woods instead. I mentioned this to the class on the first day, and the kids who had read A Walk in the Woods cracked up. (I hadn’t gotten around to reading it); apparently, it’s liberally sprinkled with f*cks. But I guess it slipped through under the Grundies’ noses.

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