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Lauren Myracle's teen/tween fiction series starting with ttyl, the first-ever novel written entirely in the style of instant messaging conversation, was the most frequently banned or challenged book in 2009 due to complaints of "frank, mature content."
And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, a book about penguins raising a child, was the 2nd most banned for objections that it "makes homosexuality sound normal." It ranked no. 1 for most banned book in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The "Twilight" book series, which have turned into a blockbuster film franchise, ranks as the 5th most requested books to be banned by public libraries. Stephanie Meyer's stories of vampires and teen romance have been criticized for sexual content, religious views and being "unsuitable for the age group."
For years, various religious groups have protested the themes of wizardry in J. K. Rowling's books, which don't appear on the current top 10 list, but Harry Potter's tales remain in the Top 100 Most Challenged Books of the Decade.
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"It's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers."
- Judy Blume
"Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech."
"Libraries are places of inclusion rather than exclusion."
- American Library Association
"Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us."
- William O. Douglas