Banned Book: Looking for Alaska

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Artist: John Green

Year: 2013

Date of Action: 10/1/13

Region: North America

Location: Fort Lupton, Colorado

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Youth

Medium: Literature

Confronting Bodies: Colorado school, Looking for Alaska

Description of Artwork: Looking for Alaska is a young adult novel by John Green, published in March 2005 by Dutton Juvenile. The book has been challenged for content dealing with sexually explicit situations.

The Incident: The novel has been banned for inappropriate sexual content by a parent of a freshman student in a Fort Lupton school in Colorado.

Results of Incident: John Green has responded to the ban on various social media outlets, such as Twitter and Tumblr, mainly delivering the message that this is not the first time the novel has been banned and does not expect it to be the last either. He acknowledges that his novel uses sexual language that may be overwhelming but not enough that it takes away from the storyline.