Being a voracious reader of many genres, every so often I like to do a search for banned books. By banned, I mean a book that has been removed from libraries or high schools in the United States. I do not mean a challenged book, which could be one person or group complaining about a book at a school because they don’t approve. Means nothing. Suppose you tell your school that you don’t want your seven year old to have access to a specific book containing graphic sex and violence. Does that book then become a challenged book? Ridiculous! Even more ridiculous is to have challenged and banned books lumped together on one list. I went to the ALA site and perused their list of banned/challenged books. Almost all of which were challenged, not banned. I got the same result at a few other sites. Why lump the two categories together? What are they trying to prove? This makes for a much, much longer list than if the banned books were listed separately. It also makes it a tiresome task trying to find actual banned books.