List of most disputed library books released

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A real-life tale of two male penguins in love has once again made the annual list of most-complained-about library books compiled by the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom.

'And Tango Makes Three,' written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, tells the story of two New York zoo penguin lovers who hatched an egg. It has many glowing reviews on Amazon, but some are accusing the story of promoting a "homosexual agenda by America's library goers." Because of this, the ASA has been challenged to remove the book from its shelves.

But 'Tango' was only No. 3 on the list. 'Persepolis,' a graphic novel about a woman's childhood in Iran, is also frequently disputed at No. 2. The most contested book on the list was 'The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,' because some parents and educators felt the book was "anti-family," culturally insensitive and "sexually explicit."

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10. "Drama" by Raina Telgemeier

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9. "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard

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8. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky

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7. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

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6. "Saga" by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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5. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley

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4. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

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3. "And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

2. "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi

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1. "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie 

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Just because these books were some of the most disputed, it doesn't mean that they are widely despised: In fact, many of the books on the list have been well-loved by fans and have sold extremely well. Bestseller 'The Kite Runner' made the top 10 along with Toni Morrison's 'The Bluest Eye.'

Last year, the ALA received more than three hundred challenges to titles on the offensive list, and this year they should expect no different.

See the list below:

1) "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie
2) "Persepolis," by Marjane Satrapi
3) "And Tango Makes Three," Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
4) "The Bluest Eye," by Toni Morrison
5) "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie Harris
6) "Saga," by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
7) "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini
8) "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," by Stephen Chbosky
9) "A Stolen Life," Jaycee Dugard
10) "Drama," by Raina Telgemeier

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