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Parents hate ‘Captain Underpants,’ 2013’s most-challenged book series

“Captain Underpants”
The “Captain Underpants” series by Dav Pilkey was the most-challenged in 2013, for the second year in a row. Pilkey created artwork for last year’s Banned Books Week, which occurs in September. (ALA)
“The Bluest Eye”
No. 2 most-challenged: “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison. Complaints against Morrison’s novel: “Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.” (Random House / Guillermo Arias/Associated Press)
“The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”
No. 3 most-challenged. “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by Sherman Alexie. The book drew complaints about “drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.” (Little, Brown for Young Readers / Alexander Gallardo/LA Times)
“Fifty Shades of Grey”
No. 4 most-challenged: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. James’ bestselling erotic novel was challenged for “nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.” (Vintage / Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times)
“The Hunger Games”
No. 5 most-challenged: “The Hunger Games” series by Suzanne Collins. The bestselling series for young adults has been challenged for its “religious viewpoint” and being “unsuited to age group.” (Scholastic)
“A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl”
No. 6 most-challenged: “A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl” by Tanya Lee Stone. The young adult book about three girls falling for the same boy, told in free verse, was challenged because of “drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.” (Random House)
“Looking for Alaska”
No. 7 most-challenged: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green. Complaints against Green’s Printz Award-winning young adult novel were “drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.” (Dutton / Penguin Young/Readers Group)
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
No 8. most-challenged: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky. The YA novel was challenged for: “Drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.” (MTV Books)
“Bless Me, Ultima”
No. 9 most-challenged: “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya. Challenges against the acclaimed book included: “Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.” (Grand Central Publishing / Jake Schoellkop/Associated Press)
“Bone” series
No. 10 most-challenged: “Bone” series by Jeff Smith. The nine-part comic book saga was challenged for its “political viewpoint, racism, violence.” (Scholastic )
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