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Recently challenged books include The Hunger Games, To Kill A Mockingbird, Twilight, The Color Purple, The Kite Runner. Looking at the list the common theme seems to be anything that has even a hint of sexuality or violence. The challenges very often are based on keeping the children away from inappropriate material. Squeamishness about sex and violence is understandable but acting like teenagers or even children should be sheltered from even age appropriate discussions of these topics just doesn't reflect reality, particularly a reality where kids spend tons of time on the internet and many have phones with data plans. What are some of the banned books you've enjoyed?