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Fight censorship - Read a banned book today! 

Around the world, even in the United States, people challenge and ban books. The ALA celebrates "Banned Books Week" each September, an event in which the literary community bands together to promote these challenged books. 

Classics like Huck Finn and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings are under attack in classrooms, libraries and schools. It may seem like a crazy story from a dystopian novel, or a historical oddity from the dark ages... but censorship is REAL. 

Censorship has been a problem in the US since at least the 1600s, when Bostonians famously burned William Pynchon's Meritorious Price of Our Redemption. Over the years, hundreds of other titles have been challenged, from well-known novels like Gone with the Wind and 1984 to beloved children's titles like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and the Harry Potter series.

For more details check out the American Library Association's Challenged and Banned Books List, the List of Books Banned By Governments on Wikipedia, or the ALA's lists of most frequently challenged books of the 1990's and most frequently challenged books of the 2000's.

These books have been challenged for containing "offensive" language. 

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Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley
9781451626650
$16.14
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Ordinary People

Ordinary People Judith Guest
9780140065176
$14.45
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The Glass Castle: A Memoir Jeannette Walls
9780743247542
$14.45
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Vintage Contemporaries) Mark Haddon
9781400032716
$12.75
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The Fighting Ground

The Fighting Ground Avi
9780064401852
$5.94
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Jack (Vintage Contemporaries)

Jack (Vintage Contemporaries) A. M. Homes
9780679732211
$14.20
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Diamond Boy

Diamond Boy Michael Williams
9780316320696
$17.10
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Bless Me, Ultima

Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
9780446600255
$6.80
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My Brother Sam Is Dead (Scholastic Gold)

My Brother Sam Is Dead (Scholastic Gold) James Lincoln Collier, James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier, Christopher Collier
9780439783606
$6.79
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Mick Harte Was Here

Mick Harte Was Here Barbara Park
9780679882039
$5.94
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Go the Fuck to Sleep

Go the Fuck to Sleep Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortés
9781617750250
$13.56
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Dreaming in Cuban

Dreaming in Cuban Cristina García
9780345381439
$14.45
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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
9780316769488
$8.49
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Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition

Bad Kitty Cat-Nipped Edition Nick Bruel, Nick Bruel
9781596432994
$16.99
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The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: A Graphic Novel (Super Diaper Baby #1): From the Creator of Captain Underpants

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: A Graphic Novel (Super Diaper Baby #1): From the Creator of Captain Underpants Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey
9780545665445
$8.49
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What My Mother Doesn't Know

What My Mother Doesn't Know Sonya Sones
9781442493858
$11.04
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Nineteen Minutes

Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult
9780743496735
$15.29
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Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition

Eleanor & Park: Exclusive Special Edition Rainbow Rowell
9781250012579
$16.14
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel Jonathan Safran Foer
9780618711659
$14.44
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ttyl - 10th Anniversary update and reissue (Internet Girls, The)

ttyl - 10th Anniversary update and reissue (Internet Girls, The) Lauren Myracle
9781419711428
$7.61
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Crank (The Crank Trilogy)

Crank (The Crank Trilogy) Ellen Hopkins
9781442471818
$12.74
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Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Barbara Ehrenreich
9780312626686
$14.45
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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Marjane Satrapi
9780375714573
$13.60
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The Awakening (Dover Thrift Editions)

The Awakening (Dover Thrift Editions) Kate Chopin
9780486277868
$3.40
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