Banned Books Week's Top 10 Heroes Revealed

PHOTO: "Banned Books Week" celebrates the freedom to read: Sept. 22-28, 2013.

You can't keep a good book down.

That's the reason why booksellers, librarians, publishers, teachers and a huge community of avid readers around the world gather each year in the last week of September to champion suppressed literature and the freedom to seek and express ideas.

Banned Books Week was first launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries, according to the American Library Association (ALA). Since then, more than 11,300 books have been challenged in libraries or schools.

Even in 2012, the Office of Intellectual Freedom recorded 464 challenges, but the ALA estimates that up to 80 percent are never even reported.

Among the literary works highlighted in this year's Banned Book Week, held Sept. 22 to 28 in the U.S., a list of top 10 challenged titles were plucked out of a catalogue of submissions from readers or various media reports around the world.

See if you recognize any of the following heroes of this year's Banned Books fair:

PHOTO: Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
"Captain Underpants" (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

PHOTO: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

PHOTO: Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
"Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

PHOTO: Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
"Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

PHOTO: And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
"And Tango Makes Three" by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

PHOTO: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

PHOTO: Looking for Alaska, by John Green
"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

PHOTO: Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
"Scary Stories" (series) by Alvin Schwartz

Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

PHOTO: The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
"The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

PHOTO: Beloved, by Toni Morrison
"Beloved" by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

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