10 Most Challenged Books of 2011: 'The Hunger Games,' 'Gossip Girl,' and More

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Coinciding with National Library Week, which kicked off yesterday, the American Library Association (ALA) has just released its 2012 State of America's Libraries Report, including their annual list of the most frequently challenged library books of the year. A "challenge," so we're clear, is defined by the ALA as a "formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness," and there were a full 326 of them in 2011.

Just like every year, there are some quasi-racy contemporary books on the chopping block, as well as some seemingly-random classics being attacked (honestly, who are these people still fighting Brave New World?). Look below to check out the most challenged books of 2011—as well as the complaints leveled against them—and then celebrate Library Week by going out and borrowing one of the offensive tomes from your favorite branch.

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