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'The Outsiders' and 'Beloved' among restricted books in Texas

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A classic Ernest Hemingway work and the story that led to the 1980s movie "The Outsiders" are among the restricted books list, in addition to the banned books list, in Texas.

"A Farewell to Arms" by Hemingway, "Beloved" by Toni Morrison, and "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton are among the books that will be limited to readers of certain ages or grades, but not completely removed from school and public library shelves.

Other books on the restricted list, compiled annually by the ACLU of Texas in the "Free People Read Freely" report, include the following:

"A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah
the "Bone" book series by Jeff Smith
"Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger
"Chronicle of a Death Foretold" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
"City of Glass" by Cassandra Clare
"Incredible Journey through the Human Body" by Nicholas Harris
"Jake Reinvented" by Gordon Korman
"Molly's Family" by Nancy Garden
"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry
"Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
"The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini
"The Princess Diaries, Vol VI: Princess in Training" by Meg Cabot
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien

Banned books in Texas, which have been removed from public and school library shelves include the following:

"Dark Rivers of the Heart" by Dean Koontz
"Dash and Lily's Book of Dares" by Rachel Cohn
"Call me Hope" by Gretchen Olson
"Love and Other Four Letter Words" by Carolyn Mackler
"Num8ers" by Rachel Ward
"Sidekicks" by Dan Santat
"10,000 Dresses" by Marcus Ewart
"The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby" by Dav Pilkey
"The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To" by D.C. Pierson
"The Storm in the Barn" by Matt Phelan
"Vampires" by Jennifer Besel
"When is it Right to Die?" by Joni Eareckson

Twelve schools were banned 12 books during the 2011-2012 academic year, a decrease from the 17 removed from shelves during the 2010-2011 school year. The amount of banned books was the least within the last decade.

Parents, teachers, and school staff members throughout Texas expressed opposition to topics in the banned books such as teen and race issues, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender references, explicit words and bad behavior, in addition to what was described as "creepy illustrations."

"The ACLU of Texas absolutely respects parents' right to choose what books their children read and work with teachers to find alternate titles when parents have concerns. But efforts by a single parent or small group to ban a title and keep all students from reading it infringes on the rights of other parents to make their own choices. That is the effect of banning books," said Dotty Griffith, public education director.

The ACLU of Texas annually requests information on challenges to books from all Texas school districts and compiles the data in the "Free People Read Freely" report.

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