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Marple Newtown Libraries Carry Most Challenged Books

The American Library Association has released its 2011 list of the 10 most frequently challenged library books.

The American Library Association recently released its annual list (for 2011) of the most challenged books of the year. See which books are available locally at and libraries.

1. ttyl; ttfnl8r, g8r by Lauren Myracle

Reasons: Offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • ttyl–Marple, 1 (lost and paid); Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • ttfn–Newton, 2 (one due 4/23, check shelf for the other)
  • l8r, g8r–Marple, 1 (check shelf); Newtown, 1 (check shelf)

2. The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa

Reasons: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • None

3. The Hunger Games trilogy by Kathleen Collins

Reasons: Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

  • The Hunger Games–Marple, 7 (one due 4/14, one due 4/19, two due 4/20, one due 4/26, one due 4/28, one on hold); Newtown, 7 (one due 4/17, one due 4/26, one due 4/27, one due 4/30, one due 5/1, two on hold)
  • Catching Fire–Marple, 5 (one due 4/15, one due 4/19, one due 4/26, two on hold); Newtown, 3 (two due 4/25, one on hold)
  • Mockingjay–Marple, 8 (one billed on 3/5, one due 4/19, one due 4/20, one due 4/21, one due 4/25, one due 4/26, two due 5/2); Newtown, 3 (one billed on 1/24, one due 4/17, one on hold)

4. My Mom's Having a Baby! A Kid's Month-to-Month Guide to Pregnancy by Dori Hillestad Butler

Reasons: Nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • None

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

  • Marple, 2 (check shelf, other one due 4/25); Newtown, 1 (check shelf)

6. Alice (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Reasons: Nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

  • Alice on the Outside–Marple, 1 (check shelf); Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Incredibly Alice–Marple, 1 (check shelf)
  • Lovingly Alice–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice Alone–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice in April–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice In-Between–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice in Lace–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice in Rapture, Sort of–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice on Her Way–Marple, 1 (check shelf); Newtown, 1 (check shelf)
  • Alice the Brave–Newtown, 1 (check shelf)

7. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reasons: Insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

  • Marple, 5 (check shelf, 2 in storage); Newtown, 3 (check shelf, one due 4/18)

8. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Reasons: Nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

  • None

9. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Reasons: Drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

  • None

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Reasons: Offensive language; racism

  • Marple, 6 (check shelf, one due 2/9, one due 4/17); Newtown, 5 (check shelf, one due 4/9)

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