It's National Banned Books Week! The American Library Association says the event in large part celebrates "the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read."
Stephen King advises, "[R]un, don't walk, to the nearest nonschool library or to the local bookstore and get whatever it was that they banned. Read whatever they're trying to keep out of your eyes and your brain, because that's exactly what you need to know."
In that spirit, here are some Young Adult books that have been challenged or banned, ranging from classic to modern best sellers.
This list just scratches the surface of banned books. You can find a more comprehensive list of frequently challenged young adult lists here. And if you're feeling a little nervous about your teen tackling one of these books, remember what Judy Blume said: “Having the freedom to read and the freedom to choose is one of the best gifts my parents ever gave me.”
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