Fight Censorship By Reading a Banned Book

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Though the thought of banning books may seem quaint or archaic to some, the American Library Association (ALA) would like to remind us that there are still plenty of people in this country who would like to do just that (especially in Texas and Pennsylvania, apparently). September 25 - October 2 is Banned Books Week and the ALA is encouraging the general public to fight censorship by reading books that have been banned or restricted in some way.

Wondering which books have drawn the most criticism? Below are the 10 most frequently challenged books of 2009 as reported by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (they're still tabulating the results for 2010).

10. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

7. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

6. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

5. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer

4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

2. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series) by Lauren Myracle

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