The Kite Runner joins gay penguins on top 10 books Americans want banned

We have many books that we teach that have been challenged or even banned in some places. Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is one of them. In 2008 the American Library Association’s ‘most challenged’ books included Khaled Hosseini’s bestseller alongside perennial bêtes noires His Dark Materials and And Tango Makes Three.

Khaled Hosseini has joined the illustrious ranks of Philip Pullman and the authors of a story about gay penguins, after his novel The Kite Runner became one of the books that inspired most complaints in America that year. Here’s what the Guardian had to say:

The bestselling and critically acclaimed title, the story of a 12-year-old Afghan and his betrayal of his best friend, includes the rape of a boy, and provoked challenges in the US over what objectors saw as sexual content and offensive language. Some objections led to the removal of the book from library shelves, while others saw it replaced with bowdlerised versions minus the offending scenes, according to the American Library Association, which compiles an annual list of the most challenged titles in the country.

Read the rest here.

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