Banned in the USA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this article on Banned Books Week (September 23-30).\"Harry Potter made the list. So did \'\'The Catcher in the Rye\'\' and \'\'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.\'\' The most popular children\'s books? No. The ones adults most wanted removed from library shelves in the 1990s.\"
\"This just proves no book is safe from censorship attempts,\'\' said Judith Krug, director of the American Library Association\'s Office for Intellectual Freedom.\"
\"The top 100 titles were compiled and released in advance of the 20th annual Banned Books Week, which runs Sept. 23-30. The ALA, the American Booksellers Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors are among the sponsors.\"
\"The most disputed books were the popular \'\'Scary Stories\'\' titles, horror tales by the late Alvin Schwartz. Objections included violence, cannibalism and causing children to fear the dark. A complaint from the school district in Campbell County, Wyo., said the books made kids believe \'\'ghosts are actually possible.\"
\"Also in the top 10 were such novels as Maya Angelou\'s \'\'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,\'\' J.D. Salinger\'s \'\'The Catcher in the Rye,\'\' John Steinbeck\'s \'\'Of Mice and Men\'\' and Mark Twain\'s \'\'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.\"
\"The Harry Potter series, which some Christian groups have attacked because of its themes of witchcraft and wizardry, comes in at No. 48. It was removed this year from a public school in Bridgeport Township, Mich.\"