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Challenges to library books on the rise - BOOKS - MSNBC.com

The American Library Association has declared the number of library books 'challenged' last year. The figure jumped to 547, compared to 458 in 2003, with the library association estimating four to five unreported cases for each one documented.

According to the ALA, a challenge is �a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.�

Robert Cormier�s classic The Chocolate War topped the 2004 list of challenged books, cited for sexual content, violence and language. It was followed by Walter Myers� Fallen Angels, a young adult novel set in Harlem and Vietnam and criticized for racism, language and violence.

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