ALA Releases List of ‘Most Frequently Challenged’ Books in Schools, Libraries for 2004

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Robert Cormier’s “The Chocolate War” tops the list and it’s the first time in 5 years that the Harry Potter series isn’t on the list.

A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

Four of the 10 books on the “Ten Most Challenged Books of 2004” were cited for homosexual themes – which is the highest number in a decade. Sexual content and offensive language are the most frequent reasons for challenges.