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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Fantasy story about two children who become friends and play in an imaginary kingdom to escape the hardships in their life. The book has made the ALA's top-10 most challenged books list in 2002 and 2003, and had been on the ALA's 100 most challenged books list for two decades.
Reasons it's been challenged: Occult, violence and offensive language.
Why kids should read it: The book revolves around the importance of friendship and learning to make friends. It sends a positive message about overcoming life's difficulties – such as being bullied – by making new friends. It promotes imagination and, in the end, teaches kids about overcoming and coping with loss.
Suggested reader age group: 9+ years old.