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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 Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Set during the American Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby focuses on romance and the life of the rich during the 1920s. It is also on the ALA's list of classics that have been challenged or banned.

Reasons it's been challenged: Offensive language, sexually explicit.

Why kids should read it: Although most of the books characters aren't good people, readers can learn about life in the Jazz Age and Prohibition.

Suggested reader age group: 14-16+ years old. There is heavy drinking, some violence and references to sex. It is intended for a more mature audience, which is why if it is taught in school, it's often taught in high schools.

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