The Perks of Looking for the Bluest Underpants

Big news in the banned books world. The ALA’s list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2013 has been released. You may recognize a lot of familiar targets, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianFifty Shades of Grey, The Hunger GamesLooking for Alaska, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (almost all of which we’ve reviewed on the blog). Captain Underpants has also hung onto its place at the top for reasons I’ll never entirely understand. Graphic novel Bone joins the list, along with other fresh kindling.

Here they are, in case clicking a link is just too much of an effort to make:

1. Captain Underpants (series), Dav Pilkey

2. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James

5. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, Tanya Lee Stone

7. Looking for Alaska, John Green

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

9. Bless Me Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya

10. Bone (series), Jeff Smith

Surprised? Outraged? Confused? Let me know what you think.


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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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