Don't Read That: Censorship of Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century
Thompson, Lysha R.
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Censorship is not a new problem, but the volume of literature directed at the young adult audience has created an increase in the number of challenges. This review of literature examines censorship of young adult literature and contains information pertaining to the increase and instances specific to young adult literature. Information was located by searching the print and electronic databases, journals, and catalogs available through the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, the American Library Association website, and web-blogs of young adult authors. This research concludes that censorship will continue because of the controversial topics addressed in the literature. The young adult reader desires and demands these topics, and the authors are responding. Educating parents, students, and the general public will alleviate some of the attempts at censorship, but censorship will never be eradicated completely.