Open/Close Menu Celebrate your right to read

These young adult banned books have been challenged for a variety of reasons like sex, drugs, or bad language.

Each participating school should get 20 books. This should enable one Year 10 class to work with the Young Adult Banned Books per half term.

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale – voted favourite banned book of this year’s Censored Summer Reads Campaign.

The Handmaid’s Tale? Harry Potter? The Colour Purple?  What’s your favourite banned book?

Young adult author Claire Hennessy and Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard joined journalist David Aaronovitch in conversation.

Award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch was joined in conversation with Irish young adult author Claire Hennessy and Saqi Books publisher Lynn Gaspard.

But what are the censors so afraid of? Here are 10 books banned in 2017 to give us an idea.

To celebrate the freedom to read, Index on Censorship staff explore some of their favourite, and some of the most important, banned or challenged books.

Follow us: