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Celebrate Banned Books Week 2014 (Sept. 21-27) - Read a banned book!Join us on Monday, Sept. 22 for Bozeman Reads...Banned Books. This program is from 7-8 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 2013. Celebrate your freedom to read - check out a banned or challenged book today!

Watch Captain Underpants author Dav Pilkey's video on banned books at http://youtu.be/eA6_yp2CvlU

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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 Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Call Number: PS3563.O8749B55
ISBN: 0452287065
Publication Date: 2005
Morrison's debut novel, The Bluest Eye, explores the impact of racism and poverty on adolescent Pecola Breedlove.

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3. 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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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. The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Call Number: Fic Col Juvenile Collection
ISBN: 9780439023481
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
A chilling tale of survival from the New York Times bestselling author. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the other districts in line by forcing them to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death on live TV.

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6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl - Tanya Lee Stone
Publication Date: 2006

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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. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Call Number: Fic Chb Juvenile collection
ISBN: 9781451696202
Publication Date: 2012
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective...but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky's haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it's like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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9. Bless Me, Ultima - Rudolfo Anaya
Call Number: PS3551.N27B75
ISBN: 0892290021
Publication Date: 1976-01-01
This best-selling Mexican American novel tells the story of the initiation of a young boy, Antonio, through his relationship with Ultima, a wise curandera (mentor).

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10. Bone (series) - Jeff Smith
Publication Date: 2005

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