It was a complete coincidence, I swear!

Apparently, though I did not realize this, it’s Banned Books Week. How’s that for a serendipitous my already challenged release?

Below, from the American Library Association, are the Top Ten most challenged books of 2011.

It’s rather interesting that of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom 8 of the top 10 were by female authors and 7 of the 10 centered on female characters.

Apparently being a female author writing about female characters (particularly strong, independent, real females) is a big problem for some people.

Sorry, no statistics about the gender of the persons challenging the books was available, though they were overwhelmingly parents complaining to schools/school libraries/public libraries.

A cursory look at reasons reveals a rather sad situation given we’re in 2012. It seems young females are not to be told anything about sex, not to be exposed to bad language, and never be challenged to deepen their religious outlook by questioning it. Really, one has to laugh.

  1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
    Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence
  4. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
    Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group
  6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
  7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit
  8. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
    Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit
  9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
    Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    Reasons: offensive language; racism
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