2. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie
This semi-biographical young adult book tells the story of a young native American trying to find his way through the overlapping white and Indian worlds that he inhabits. The reasons listed for the book's 2010 challenges are "offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence." Alexie told The Washington Post that, "It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power. And there's nothing in my book that even compares to what kids can find on the Internet."