Reasons for attempted ban: Sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
JD Salinger's iconic novel of teenage rebellion returned to the list of most challenged books after a four-year absence (perhaps rekindled after the author's recent death), with complaints in its 50-year history such as it being "anti-white", "obscene", "centred around negative activity" and "a filthy, filthy book".
"It's really a very cherished favourite for many readers so seeing it there can be shocking," explained Angela Maycock from the ALA's office for intellectual freedom.
"People might ask 'are we still having problems with Catcher in the Rye?' The truth is, yes we are. It's a classic because of many of the things which make it potentially objectionable, including the language used and the fact that Holden Caulfield is really a classic non-conformist. That can be scary," said Maycock.
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