The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank. (Yes, the author, not her book.) Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Twenty Boy Summer, by Sarah Ockler. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. What do all of these have in common? All were deemed objectionable, or unsuitable, or downright offensive. All were challenged in a library or school in the United States in 2010-- all, in fact, within the past month. Today kicks off Banned Books Week, when libraries nationwide will be focusing on the importance of our First Amendment rights. In light of current events, could there be a better time to talk about the freedom to read?