Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green is the story of Miles Halter, a teenage boy who sets off for boarding school in search of the "Great Perhaps" and becomes encircled by friends who are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is beautiful, articulate, and reckless Alaska Young who captures his heart. When tragedy strikes the group, Miles is forced to take a closer look at himself and his relationships.

In 2008, some parents requested the book be removed from the 11th grade English curriculum at Depew High School in Depaw, New York. The parents objected to sexual content and graphic language in the novel.

Activity: This guide to books by John Green includes discussion questions for Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars; Will Grayson, Will Grayson; Paper Towns; and An Abundance of Katherines.

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