Most Challenged Books of 2006!
Here's the ALA's list of the most frequently challenged books of 2006 (though, it must be added, these are only the challenges actually reported to the ALA; most such challenges go unreported). This year's list includes two AS IF! members, Chris Crutcher and Carolyn Mackler:
“And Tango Makes Three” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group
“Gossip Girls” series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language
“Alice” series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language
“The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things” by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
“Scary Stories” series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity
“Athletic Shorts” by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group
“The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.