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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Makes Most Challenged Books List

The American Library Association has released its popular list of the most challenged books in America.

A perennial highlight of Banned Books Week is the Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged Books, compiled annually by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). OIF collects reports on book challenges from librarians, teachers, concerned individuals and press reports. 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. In 2012, OIF received 464 reports on attempts to remove or restrict materials from school curricula and library bookshelves. This is an increase from 2011 totals, which stood at 326 attempts.


Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey

Offensive language, unsuited for age group


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit


Thirteen Reasons Why

by Jay Asher

Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide


Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James

Offensive language, graphic sexual content


And Tango Makes Three

by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Homosexuality, unsuited for age group


The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit


Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Offensive language, sexually explicit


Scary Stories

by Alvin Schwartz

Unsuited for age group


The Glass Castle

by Jeanette Walls

Offensive language, sexually explicit



by Toni Morrison

Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence


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