Censorship and book banning may seem very “Nineteen Eighty-Four,’’ but efforts to get rid of published material that some find offensive are alive and well. To remind us that this is the case, a coalition of organizations lead by the American Library Association each year observes Banned Books Week, which started Sunday. Below is a list of the 1o most-challenged books in the United States in 2016 as compiled by the librarians group:
“This One Summer” written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Plot: A coming-of-age graphic novel about two best friends at a lake house, which takes place over a summer roiled by fighting parents, first love, and sexual awakening.
Objection: Challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
“Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
Plot: Ambitious teen Callie struggles to design her first set for a middle-school musical while dealing with a dysfunctional crew and a love triangle involving two brothers.
Objection: Challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
“George” by Alex Gino
Plot: George, a young transgender girl, pursues the lead role in the play “Charlotte’s Web,’’ hoping that it will help her family accept her new gender identity.
Objection: Challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”
“I Am Jazz” written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
Plot: A biographical picture book chronicling the early life of teenage transgender icon Jazz Jennings.
Objection: Challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
“Two Boys Kissing” by David Levithan
Plot: The collective spirits of departed AIDS patients tell the story of two gay teens trying to break the world record for a continual kiss.
Objection: Challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
“Looking for Alaska” by John Green
Plot: Prep-school newcomer Miles Halter, drawn to Alaska, a risk-taking, precocious classmate, becomes obsessed with the circumstances of her sudden death.
Objection: Challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
“Big Hard Sex Criminals” written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
Plot: Collection of comic books that follow the story of John and Suzie, who share the ability to stop time through lovemaking and devise a plot to rob a bank to save Suzie’s library from foreclosure.
Objection: Challenged because it was considered sexually explicit.
“Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread” by Chuck Palahniuk
Plot: A collection of short stories from the author of “Fight Club’’ that deal with themes such as parents and children, unusual addictions and predilictions, and lives of quiet desperation.
Objection: Challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all-around offensive.”
“Little Bill” (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
Plot: Yarns inspited by childhood incidents in the life of the now infamous actor and comedian.
Objection: Challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
“Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell
Plot: Two misfit teens find refuge from social and family problems in each other — and their love of mixtapes.
Objection: Challenged for offensive language.Kaitlyn Locke can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @ke_locke.