Banning books silences stories. One week a year, libraries set aside a week to recognize the freedom we all have to read without censorship. The Office for Intellectual Freedom releases a yearly list of the top 10 most challenged books based on media stories and voluntary reporting.
We compared top 10 lists from the past decade with the most popular books at the LFHS library. Here’s a list of the books most challenged and loved by Scouts. Exercise your freedom to read and check one out today!
Looking for Alaska by John Green
“Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
“The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. ” (continue reading at goodreads.com)
Thirteen Reasons Why: A Novel by Jay Asher
“Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)
The Kite Runner by Khaled
“Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.” (continue reading at goodreads.com)