The Most Challenged Books of 2002…

The Most Challenged Books of 2002

“Harry Potter series tops list of most challenged books four years in a row…. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom received a total of 515 reports of challenges last year, a 15 percent increase since 2001….

The ‘Ten Most Challenged Books of 2002’ reflect a wide variety of themes. The books, in order of most frequently challenged are:

  • Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, for its focus on wizardry and magic.
  • Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for being sexually explicit, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
  • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier (the “Most Challenged” book of 1998), for using offensive language and being unsuited to age group.
  • “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, for sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.
  • “Taming the Star Runner” by S.E. Hinton, for offensive language.
  • “Captain Underpants” by Dav Pilkey, for insensitivity and being unsuited to age group, as well as encouraging children to disobey authority.
  • “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, for racism, insensitivity and offensive language.
  • “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language, sexual content and Occult/Satanism.
  • “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, for insensitivity, racism and offensive language.
  • “Julie of the Wolves” by Julie Craighead George, for sexual content, offensive language, violence and being unsuited to age group.” [ALA, via The ResourceShelf

[The Shifted Librarian]

I had wanted to pre-order copies of the new Harry Potter book from Amazon for the libraries at Derek & Alex’s facilities, but their grandmother, a devout Christian, doesn’t want them reading those books. The boys have MUCH worse problems than Harry Potter!

One response to “The Most Challenged Books of 2002…

  1. did you copy the "most challenged books of 2002" from the ALA website?