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And Tango Makes Three most frequently challenged book

13th April 2011

Justin Richardson's and Peter Parnell's children's story And Tango Makes Three is the most frequently challenged book in the US and has been one of the American Library Association's (ALA) top ten most-reviled works for five years.

The association's Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010 also includes Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, which was banned in Ireland in 1932, and Twilight by teen-fiction author Stephenie Meyer.

In the case of Brave New World, people tend to demand that the book be removed from circulation because it contains references to sex and racism, and because the author uses offensive language.

Twilight is generally condemned for its religious viewpoint and use of excessive violence.

Meanwhile, Richardson's and Parnell's award-winning And Tango Makes Three has caused controversy because it tells the tale of two same-sex penguins parenting a baby chick in New York's Central Park Zoo.

'While we firmly support the right of every reader to choose or reject a book for themselves or their families, those objecting to a particular book should not be given the power to restrict other readers' right to access and read that book,' Barbara Jones, director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, said.

Last year, J.K. Rowling appeared on the ALA's controversial author and book list.

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