Top Ten Most Frequently
Challenged Books of 2012

Book Cover:Beloved

#10

Beloved
by Toni Morrison.

Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence.

#9

The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls,

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit.

#8

Scary Stories (series)
by Alvin Schwartz

Reasons: unsuited for age group, violence.

#7

Looking for Alaska
by John Green

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

#6

The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini<

Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.

#5

And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited for age group.

#4

Fifty Shades of Grey
by E. L. James

Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit.

#3

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.

#2

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

Reasons: offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

#1

Captain Underpants (series)
by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: offensive language, unsuited for age group.

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