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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2013 (Sept. 22-28) - Read a banned book!Join us on Monday, Sept. 23 for Bozeman Reads...Banned Books. This program is from 7-9 pm at Bozeman Public Library. See the next tab for details.

Books have been challenged or banned through the ages for a variety of reasons including sexual content, religious content, and political content. According to the American Library Association, which tracks books challenges across the country, the books below were the 10 most challenged in 2012. Celebrate your freedom to read - check out a banned or challenged book today!

Watch the video on 2009's most challenged books at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJBFMp-2sI

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1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants (series) - Dav Pilkey
Call Number: Fic M Juvenile collection
ISBN: 0590846272
Publication Date: 1997
This funny, smart novel follows the friendship of three tenth-grade girls as they experience some of the typical pitfalls of adolescence: boys, queen-bee types, a flirty teacher, beer, crazy parents, and more.

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2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian - Alexie, Sherman
Call Number: Fic A Juvenile collection
ISBN: 9780316013697
Publication Date: 2007
Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is based on the author's own experiences.

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3. Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Call Number: E-Book
ISBN: 9781595141880
Publication Date: 2011
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

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4. Fifty Shades of Grey - E. L. James
Call Number: PR6110.A4555F56
ISBN: 9780345803481
Publication Date: 2012
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

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5. And Tango Makes Three - Justin Richardson; Peter Parnell
Call Number: Fic N Juvenile collection
ISBN: 0689878451
Publication Date: 2005
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.

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6. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Call Number: PR6015.U9B65
ISBN: 1594480001
Publication Date: 2004
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant,The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons;their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

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7. Looking for Alaska - John Green
Call Number: Fic Son
ISBN: 0525475060
Publication Date: 2005
Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

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8. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (series) - Alvin Schwartz
Call Number: 398.2.Sch Juvenile collection
ISBN: 0064401707
Publication Date: 1986
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark. If You Dare!

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9. The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls
Call Number: PS3562.E353T6
ISBN: 074324754X
Publication Date: 2006
Jeannette Walls describes her parents with such deep affection and generosity. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave her the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

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10. Beloved - Toni Morrison
Call Number: E-Book
ISBN: 9781400033416
Publication Date: 2004
Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. Filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope, Beloved is a towering achievement.

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