6. “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
Published only a few years after 9/11, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” is a story America needed to hear — a story of an Afghanistan that wasn’t always war torn and full of violence. Hosseini’s characters weave an epic tale of childhood, growth, home, and abuse. At times heartwarming, at others heartbreaking, this book became an instant classic and is taught in high schools all around the country.
5. “And Tango Makes Three,” by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
“And Tango Makes Three” is no stranger to the Banned Books list. This illustrated children’s book depicts the fictionalized true story of two male penguins who bonded and were given an egg to care for. Once the egg hatched, they became a family with two dads. This is a true tale of love.
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