The BIG 10

10 of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of our Time

#10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower By: Stephen Chboksy (2012)

This book is commonly banned and challenged due to it's focus on teens using and experiencing drugs, alcohol, smoking, offensive language, date rape, sex, pedophilia, incest and homosexuality.

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#9 The Color Purple By: Alice Walker (1982)

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel has and is being challenged over it's explicit sexuality, profanity, violence and drug use.
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#8 The Kite Runner By: Khaled Hosseini (2003)

This book is commonly banned or challenged due to the content being seen as simply age inappropriate. There is also violence and offensive language.
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#7 Harry Potter Series By: J.K. Rowling (1997-2007)

This series is often challenged and sometimes banned because of witchcraft and the fear that children will confuse fantasy and reality. There have also been issues of the violence that the series displays.
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#6 The Bluest Eye By: Toni Morrison (1970)

This book was and is commonly banned because of it's profanity, violence, and explicit sexuality. As well as it's themes of domestic abuse and a young girl's battered self image.
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#5 Alice Series By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1985-2013)

This entire series has been banned and challenge throughout the years that Naylor has been publishing. The reasons are vast and vary from issues of promoting young promiscuity and homosexuality to themes of molestation.
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#4 To Kill a Mockingbird By: Harper Lee (1960)

This famous novel has been banned and challenged frequently since it's publish date in 1960 due to the constant racial slurs and use of profanity.
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#3 And Tango Makes Three By: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (2005)

This book has been hit hard by parents and is challenged and banned frequently due to it's anti-family stance, promotion of the homosexual agenda, and politically charged viewpoints.
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#2 The Catcher in the Rye By: J.D. Salinger (1951)

This famous novel has been banned and challenged over the years for the portrayal of events like prostitution, depression and alienation.
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#1 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian By: Sherman Alexie (2007)

This book is commonly banned and challenged because of it's anti-family themes, as well as displaying the use of drugs, alcohol, smoking, offensive language, and sex. Another common cited reason was racial bullying.