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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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Animal Farm by George Orwell

A book about a group of farm animals that run their own daily lives on the farm after they kick the controlling farm owner off the land. The book is often read as an allegory of dictatorship, and is on the ALA's list of challenged or banned classics.

Reasons it's been challenged: For its political theories.

Why kids should read it: The book was written just before World War II, and is often read as an allegory for the Russian Revolution. For this reason, the book can be educational.

Suggested reader age group: 13+ years old.

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