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Banned Books & Censorship

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Most Challenged Books of 2022

book cover for Gender Queer

Gender Queer: a Memoir Deluxe Edition

Number of challenges: 151

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for All Boys Aren't Blue

All Boys Aren't Blue

Number of challenges: 86

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit

Book cover for The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

Number of challenges: 73

Challenged for: depiction of sexual abuse, EDI content, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Flamer

Flamer

Number of challenges: 62

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Number of challenges: 55

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Number of challenges: 55

Challenged for: depiction of sexual abuse, LGBTQIA+ content, drug use, profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Lawn Boy

Lawn Boy

Number of challenges: 54

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Number of challenges: 52

Challenged for: profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Out of Darkness

Out of Darkness

Number of challenges: 50

Challenged for: depictions of abuse, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Crank

Crank

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: drug use, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: profanity, claimed to be sexually explicit

book cover for This Book Is Gay

This Book Is Gay

Number of challenges: 48

Challenged for: LGBTQIA+ content, providing sexual education, claimed to be sexually explicit

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