Magazine article American Libraries

Harry Potter Again Most Challenged. (News Fronts ALA)

Magazine article American Libraries

Harry Potter Again Most Challenged. (News Fronts ALA)

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For the fourth consecutive year, the best-selling Harry Potter series of children's novels hyJ. K. Rowling tops the annual report issued by ALA's QIF of most-challenged books. The series, whose fifth novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is slated for release June 21, continues to worry some parents that the saga of a boy wizard might entice young readers to dabble in witchcraft.

Released January 13, the "Ten Most Challenged Books of 2002" also lists, in order of number of challenges: the Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, for sexually explicit language and age-inappropriateness; The Chocolate War (the most-challenged book of 1998) by Robert Cormier, for offensive language and age-inappropriateness; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, for sexual Content, racism, offensive language, violence, and age-inappropriateness; Taming the Star Runner by S. E. Hinton, for offensive language; the Captain Underpants series by Day Pilkey, for encouraging children to disobey authority, insensitivity, and age-inappropriateness; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, for racism, insensitivity, and offensive language; Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language, sexual content, and references to the occult and Satanism; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. …

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