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Gay Penguin Book Knocked From Most-Challenged List By Chick Lit Written In Teen Code

Sad news UGUYS! And Tango Makes Three, the 2005 book about gay papa penguins raising a chick, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, has been booted from its top spot on the American Library Association’s Most Frequently Challenged Books for 2009. After claiming the title for three years straight, it’s been pushed to the No. 2 spot by ttyl, the teen girl book written by Lauren Myracle (and written in teenage shorthand), whose other tome Luv Ya Bunches was temporarily yanked from Scholastic because one character has two gay moms.

ttyl received complaints about nudity, sexually explicit and offensive language, and drugs. Score!

But fret not: Gay books are still among the most complained about. Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, at No. 3, features a main character with two gay friends. And Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper: A Novel, at No. 7, dares have a character with a lesbian sister.

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