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Apr 13, 2015 4:23 PM

ALA releases list of top 10 books with most complaints


The American Library Association on Monday released its annual list of the 10 books receiving the most complaints from parents, educators and others in the local community. Sherman Alexie's prize-winning, autobiographical novel of high school life, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," ranked No. 1, followed by Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel "Persepolis" and the picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin, Peter Parnell's and Justin Richardson's "And Tango Makes Three." Others on the list include Toni Morrison's debut novel, "The Bluest Eye"; Khaled Hosseini's million-selling novel "The Kite Runner" and Jaycee Dugard's best-selling memoir about her kidnapping, "A Stolen Life."

The lists have remained diverse in content even as the actual books have changed, often after a release, such as Alexie's, becomes widely known. The "Harry Potter" novels were frequent targets a decade ago and the "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" series also began appearing on the ALA reports as their popularity surged. Older books that have been frequently challenged include "The Bluest Eye," Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."

You can see more on the library report here.


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