10 BANNED BOOKS AVAILABLE AT MARRIOTT

By Clare Duignan-Masterson, University Marketing and Communication

According to the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, below is a list of the top 10 most challenged books of 2015 and the reasons for their banishment. Good news, they’re all available at our own J. Willard Marriott Library.

looking-for-alaskaLooking for Alaska
By John Green

Challenged: Offensive language, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group.

50-shadesFifty Shades of Grey
By E. L. James

Challenged: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

jazzI Am Jazz
By Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings

Challenged: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint and unsuited for age group.

beyond-magenta-coverBeyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out
By Susan Kuklin

Challenged: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

curious-incidentThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
By Mark Haddon

Challenged: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group and other (“profanity and atheism”).

holy-bible-coverThe Holy Bible

Challenged: Religious viewpoint

fun-homeFun Home
By Alison Bechdel

Challenged: Violence and other (“graphic images”)

habibiHabibi
By Craig Thompson

Challenged: Nudity, sexually explicit and unsuited for age group.

nasreensNasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
By Jeanette Winter

Challenged: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group and violence.

boysTwo Boys Kissing
By David Levithan

Challenged: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”)