Recently Banned or Challenged Books, Grades 9–12

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini spans Afghan history from the final days of the monarchy to the present as it tells the story of a friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul.

The Kite Runner was one of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2008. Reasons cited for censorship include objections to sexual content and offensive language.

Activity: Educate students about Afghanistan's history and culture through the pre-reading activities in this literature guide for The Kite Runner. This guide also includes comprehension questions, references, and creative projects that will promote critical thinking.

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