TOP TEN MOST FREQUENTLY CHALLENGED BOOKS OF 2012
1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
5. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
8. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
9. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
10. Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the only title on the new most frequently challenged list that also appeared in 2011 – in fifth place instead of second. Sherman Alexie, a Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian who has also written acclaimed novels, short stories, and poetry for adults, admits that his first young adult novel is autobiographically based.
Now living in Seattle, Alexie has published twenty-two books of fiction and poetry. During a live chat with Bill Moyers on April 12, 2013 Alexie announced that he’s working on The Magic and Tragic Year of My Broken Thumb, a sequel to The Absolutely True Diary.