Lauren Myracle: Beloved and Banned

Should This Woman’s Books Be Banned?

Author Lauren Myracle’s young-adult novels have topped the American Library Association’s list of books people want to ban. She tells Abigail Pesta what gets parents so riled.

Lauren Myracle, a New York Times bestselling author, knows how to make parents mad. A series of her young-adult novels has topped this year’s annual list of “Most Challenged Books,” released by the American Library Association. In other words, these are the books that receive the most complaints at libraries and schools—the books people want to ban.

The Hunger Games is on the list (No. 3), as is To Kill a Mockingbird (No. 10). The reasons range from “offensive language” to “racism,” according to the American Library Association. Myracle, who has been called a modern-day Judy Blume, is at No. 1 with her Internet Girls series—three books written entirely in “instant-messaging” language. The books’ titles: ttylttfn, and l8r, g8r. (Translation: Talk to Ya LaterTa Ta for Now, and Later, Gator.) Critics say the books, which focus on a trio of high-school friends, are sexually explicit and offensive.

Watch a video explaining about Myracle’s books at the source, here.  (Apologies, it wouldn’t embed correctly!)

Source: The Daily Beast + link has 10 Top Banned Books.



  1. Great post and such a good topic! While I see the point parents, educators, etc. are trying to make, I always fail to see what purpose it serves by insisting certain books get banned from schools. We live in a world where many of the themes they find so offensive exist and people, including school age kids, are exposed to on a daily basis. While I don’t have kids yet, I would much rather they learn about these things and see the effects of them from BOOKS than from whatever reality shows MTV pops out. Just because you don’t agree with certain topics books approach doesn’t mean your kid (or whoever) isn’t faced with that topic every day of his or her life. Annnd, I’m done! :)

  2. I agree. I have a girl in my book group who JUST turned 13. And she knows what’s “too old” for her. She monitors her own reading. I think that’s a great way of doing it. Books should be available for those who want to read them. Maybe not putting books for 15+ year olds in a middle school would be a good job, though. ;)

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