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ALA releases list of 2008 banned books
Apr 16 2009
The American Library Association listed 530 challenges against specific books in 2008, a roughly 25% increase year on year, but well below the levels in the 1990s. The ALA defines a challenge as a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness."
The ALA estimates that for every challenge tallied, about four or five end up unreported. For the third year in a row the most challenged book was And Tango Makes Three - an award-winning picture book about two male penguins who become parents, which was cited as being anti-family, pro-gay and anti-religion.
Other contenders included Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner.
This year's list was released just days after Judith Krug, who founded "Banned Books Week" in 1982, died of cancer at the age of 69.
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