The Hunger Games Named Among The Years Most-Challenged Books

| April 9, 2012 | 2 Comments More

The Hunger Games Trilogy

While The Hunger Games has been sweeping the nation, many parents have been trying to sweep the books away from their children. The American Library Association releases their list of the top ten most-challenged books each year, and The Hunger Games Trilogy has been on it for the past two years, coming in this year at number three.

The Hunger Games Tribute Guide Parental complaints that land a book on this list include its age inappropriate violence and sexual explicitness.

The ALA collects all challenges and compiles them, in hopes that by releasing this list people will appreciate the liberties we have and to fight against censorship.

“We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information.”

Other books on the most-challenged list include Lauren Myracle’s ttyl series, Cecily Von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series, Kim Dong Hwa’s The Color of Earth, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and more. In the past, beloved books like the Harry Potter series and Twilight have also graced the list.

source: ALA via examiner.com

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  1. Mark says:

    The Hunger Games is pretty tame compared to the books I was required to read in school. I feel as though parents need calm down a bit. Discuss the “inappropriate” parts and the themes of the book with their kids, see how it affects them and if they understand that it’s fake and assess if their child should be be reading it or not. Even if they do feel as though their kids shouldn’t be reading it doesn’t mean that other kids shouldn’t because everything affects everyone differently. The Hunger Games isn’t inappropriate enough in my opnion to be taken away. It’s the kind of book that the parents should judge if it’s inappropriate or not for their individual children. I’m not saying that there isn’t select books that should be taken away that are obviosuly inappropriate for many either.

  2. JLH says:

    It’s just sad that parents wouldn’t let their child read these books and I say this as a parent! I find that people who are against such things have never actually read them. They believe it glorifies teens killing teens which couldn’t be further from the truth. I fully intend to make sure my child reads these books when he is old enough. The Hunger Games trilogy has so many poignant and wonderful themes that need to be discussed with teens. I would say watch what age you read them though. For example, in the school where I teach, they read these books in 6th grade. I think this is too young. Many of the important socioeconomic themes/political themes are lost on this young age group. I think 9th grade would be more appropriate.

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