Top 3 Banned Books of 2010 – Teens with Real Lives and Gay Penguins

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If you want to be banned in 2010, just follow the trends from last year and speak frankly about teenage development and sexuality, or write about two gay penguins raising an egg.

According to the American Library Association, the most terrifying topics for parents are gay parenthood, and the sexual and social development of their own children.

The following three books received the most criticism from parents and critics, challenging the ALA to take them out of schools and public libraries.

#1 TTYL (The Internet Girl Series) by Lauren Myracle

Lauren Myracle’s Internet Girl Series, which includes titles TTYL, TTFN, BFF and L8r, G8r has made her the number one challenged author in America for two years running.

The TTYL series, written entirely in SMS text messages between high-school friends follows the predictable teenage explorations of sex, drugs and adult themes.

#2 And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

This adorable book, illustrates the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Central Park Zoo chinstrap penguins who try to hatch a rock, then are given a real egg by the supportive zookeepers. They create their own happy penguin family with two male parents.

Anti-gay forces around the US have raged against this positive portrayal of same-sex family, pressuring school boards, courts and libraries to restrict children from reading the picture book.

#3 The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Any author who claims Cather in the Rye as a source of inspiration is bound to come under fire. The American Library Association has ranked Stephen Chbosky’s novel the third most challenged two years in a row.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows a shy teenage boy through the perils of adolescence, frequently referencing other banned and risqué books, movies and music.

This book also explores teen drug use, social anxiety, abuse and sexuality – heavy topics for conservative parents who argue the material is too mature for teen readers.

For more on the 2010 Most Challenged Books, court cases, disputes and decisions check out the American Library Association Website at

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