[library-media] Challenged books

Paula Zsiray paula.zsiray@cache.k12.ut.us
Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:34:47 -0600


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Not everyone's wild about Harry Potter=20
By Jacqueline Blais, USA TODAY 9/11/2003
Harry Potter has done it again.=20

The latest list that he is topping is 2002's Most Challenged Books, =
issued
by the American Library Association for Banned Books Week, Sept. 20-27.

Harry denouncers say the series "glamorizes the occult and will attract
(readers) to satanism," says Beverley Becker of the library association. =


Books that come under fire most often are extremely popular (Harry =
Potter,
Captain Underpants), are stocked in the library or are assigned school
reading (Bridge to Terabithia, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), Becker =
says.

Hundreds of books are questioned each year. The Top 10 Most Challenged =
Books
for 2002 and the reasons cited for challenging them =
(www.ala.org/bbooks):

.1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (wizardry and magic).=20

.2. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (sexually explicit, =
offensive
language, unsuited to age group. "Unsuited to age group" usually means a
younger child has access to a book in a library meant for older =
children.

.3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, which was also the Most =
Challenged
Book of 1998 (offensive language, unsuited to the age group).

.4.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (sexual content, =
racism,
offensive language, violence, unsuited to age group).=20

.5.Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton (offensive language).

.6.Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (insensitivity, unsuited to age =
group,
encourages children to disobey authority).=20

.7.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (racism, insensitivity,
offensive language).=20

.8.Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (offensive language, =
sexual
content, occult, satanism).=20

.9. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (insensitivity, =
racism
and offensive language).=20

.10. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (sexual content, =
offensive
language, violence, unsuited to age group).=20


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<DIV class=3Dintro-copy>Harry Potter has done it again. </DIV>
<P class=3Dintro-copy>The latest list that he is topping is 2002's Most =
Challenged=20
Books, issued by the American Library Association for Banned Books Week, =
Sept.=20
20-27.</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>Harry denouncers say the series "glamorizes the =
occult and=20
will attract (readers) to satanism," says Beverley Becker of the library =

association. </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>Books that come under fire most often are =
extremely popular=20
(<I>Harry Potter</I>, <I>Captain Underpants</I>), are stocked in the =
library or=20
are assigned school reading (<I>Bridge to Terabithia</I>, <I>Adventures =
of=20
Huckleberry Finn</I>), Becker says.</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>Hundreds of books are questioned each year. The =
Top 10 Most=20
Challenged Books for 2002 and the reasons cited for challenging them=20
(www.ala.org/bbooks):</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>1.</B> Harry Potter series by J.K. =
Rowling (wizardry=20
and magic). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>2. </B>Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds =
Naylor=20
(sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group. "Unsuited =
to age=20
group" usually means a younger child has access to a book in a library =
meant for=20
older children.</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>3. </B><I>The Chocolate War</I> by =
Robert Cormier,=20
which was also the Most Challenged Book of 1998 (offensive language, =
unsuited to=20
the age group).</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>4.</B><I>I Know Why the Caged Bird =
Sings</I> by Maya=20
Angelou (sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence, unsuited =
to age=20
group). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>5.</B><I>Taming the Star Runner</I> by =
S.E. Hinton=20
(offensive language).</P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>6.</B><I>Captain Underpants</I> by Dav =
Pilkey=20
(insensitivity, unsuited to age group, encourages children to disobey=20
authority). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>7.</B><I>Adventures of Huckleberry =
Finn</I> by Mark=20
Twain (racism, insensitivity, offensive language). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>8.</B><I>Bridge to Terabithia</I> by =
Katherine Paterson=20
(offensive language, sexual content, occult, satanism). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>9. </B><I>Roll of Thunder, Hear My =
Cry</I> by Mildred=20
D. Taylor (insensitivity, racism and offensive language). </P>
<P class=3Dinside-copy>&#8226;<B>10. </B><I>Julie of the Wolves</I> by =
Jean Craighead=20
George (sexual content, offensive language, violence, unsuited to age =
group).=20
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