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Some of the Teen Books Challenged, Restricted, Removed or Banned in 2013 and 2014


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.

Bless Me UltimaBless Me Ultima
by Rudolfo A. Anaya

A young Chicano's journeys in rural New Mexico in the 1940's with a curandera who explores good and evil, magic and spirituality.

Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.

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: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

The Middle School Survival GuideThe Middle School Survival Guide
by Arlene Eribach

A guidebook to help deal with changes in school, families, social lives, and bodies that come during the middle school years, with specific advice for a variety of situations.

Reason: Sexual content, unsuited to age group.

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: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

The Popularity PapersThe Popularity Papers: Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt and Julie Graham-Chang
by Amy Ignatow

Two best friends embark on a project to study the behavior and taste of the popular girls at their elementary school so that by the time they get to middle school they too will be in the right crowd. Novel appears in the form of a scrapbook.

Reason: Homosexuality.

Fallen AngelsFallen Angels
by Walter Dean Myers

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.

Reason: Offensive language, violence.

I Hunt KillersI Hunt Killers
by Barry Lyga

Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."  

Reason: Violence.

Intensely AliceIntensely Alice
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

During the summer between her junior and senior years of high school, Maryland teenager Alice McKinley volunteers at a local soup kitchen, tries to do "something wild" without getting arrested, and wonders if her trip to Chicago to visit boyfriend Patrick will result in a sleepover.

Reason: Sexual content.

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Reasons: Sexual content and offensive language.

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.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A GirlA Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl
by Tanya Lee Stone

Josie, Nicolette, and Aviva all get mixed up with a senior boy who can talk them into doing almost anything he wants. In a blur of high school hormones and personal doubt, each girl struggles with how much to give up and what ultimately to keep for herself.

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.

Source: Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom