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Banned or Challenged Books Kids Should Read

These top picks for children and teens for Banned Books Week – happening Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2012 – carry lots of lessons in life and imagination

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The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The adventure series set in a dystopian world revolves around a teenage girl who must battle other teens to the death in a required, nationwide competition. This series has been on the ALA's top-10 most challenged books list in 2010 and 2011.

Reasons it's been challenged: Anti-family, anti-ethnic, violence and offensive language.

Why kids should read it: Katniss – the book's main character – leads a revolution to try to create a fair and happy world. It has positive messages about taking care of family, defending friends and is an imaginative page-turner.

Suggested reader age group: 12+ years old. The book is continuously violent, revolving around battles that end in death.

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