NEW YORK – young people since , has a new link to the creator of "Harry Potter": a place most complained about by parents and educators., the hottest author for
Meyer's multimillion-selling "Twilight" series was ranked No. 5 on the annual
report of "challenged books" released Wednesday by the
Meyer's stories of vampires and teen romance have been criticized for
sexual content; a library association official also thinks that the
"Twilight" series reflects general unease about supernatural stories.
"Vampire novels have been a target for years and the `Twilight' books are so
immensely popular that a lot of the concerns people have had about
vampires are focused on her books," says Barbara Jones, director of the association's Office for .
Christian groups for years have protested the themes of wizardry in Rowling's books, which don't appear on the current top 10.
Topping the 2009 chart was
book, "And Tango Makes Three," by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, is now No. 2, cited again for its story about two male penguins adopting a baby. Third was Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," for which the many reasons include drugs, suicide, homosexuality and being antifamily.
Also cited were such perennials as The Catcher in the Rye" (sexual content, language), Harper Lee's " " (language, racism), Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" (sexual content, language) and Robert Cormier's " " (nudity, language, sexual content).'s "
The ALA recorded 460 challenges in 2009, a drop from 513 the year before,
and 81 books actually being removed. The ALA defines a challenge as a
"formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting
that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness."
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