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Some of the Teen Books Challenged, Restricted, Removed or Banned in 2012 and 2013


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time IndianThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, religious viewpoint, sexual content.

by M.T. Anderson

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

Reason: Offensive language.

Ender's GameEnder's Game
by Orson Scott Card

Set in a future where children are trained for military battle using video games, Ender rises above his peers to become a commander of a virtual army.

Reason: Sexual content.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerThe Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.

Reason: Sexual content.

When It HappensWhen It Happens
by Susane Colasanti

High school seniors Sara and Tobey attempt to figure out what is important in life as they try to balance their preparations for their futures with their enjoyment of the present.

Reasons: Explicit content.

The Most Dangerous GameThe Most Dangerous Game
by Richard Connell

On his way to hunt jaguars in the Brazilian jungle, a professional hunter is marooned on remote island inhabited by a fellow hunter who pursues unusual game.

Reason: Violence.

Carter Finally Gets ItCarter Finally Gets It
by Brent Crawford

Awkward freshman Will Carter endures many painful moments during his first year of high school before realizing that nothing good comes easily, focus is everything, and the payoff is usually incredible.

Reason: Vulgar content.

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska
by John Green

Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

Reason: Offensive language.

Totally JoeTotally Joe
by James Howe

As a school assignment, a thirteen-year-old boy writes an alphabiography–life from A to Z–and explores issues of friendship, family, school, and the challenges of being a gay teenager.

Reason: Objectionable material.

A Child Called "It"A Child Called "It"
by David J. Pelzer

This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games – games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it."

Reason: Graphic depiction of child abuse.

The Body of Christopher CreedThe Body of Christopher Creed
by Carol Plum-Ucci

Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

Reasons: Sexual content and mentions of suicide.

by Marjane Satrapi

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.

Reasons: Graphic illustrations and language, unsuited to age group.

No Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and JulietNo Fear Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.

Reasons: Sexual content, unsuited to age group.

Stuck in NeutralStuck in Neutral
by Terry Trueman

Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.

Reasons: Inappropriate content.

Source: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom