The novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini appeared in the top ten of the American Library Association's (ALA) list of frequently challenged books in 2008. The main concerns about using the novel in high schools included its sexually explicit content, offensive language, and age inappropriateness.... read more ›
The Afghan government banned the film more than a month ago because of a rape scene of a young boy and the ethnic tensions that the film highlights, said Din Mohammad Rashed Mubarez, the deputy minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture. Shops selling the movie would be closed, he said.... continue reading ›
The inner turmoil Amir wrestles with after betraying Hassan drives the entire plot of The Kite Runner. This struggle is a conflict between the kind of man that Amir believes he is, and the kind of man that Baba is. By allowing Hassan's rape, Amir fails Hassan profoundly and fundamentally.... see more ›
Reading The Kite Runner could help high school students make sense of the headlines and video clips they see on the news. It could inspire appreciation for the stability and security we enjoy as Americans. Most of all, students could learn from Amir's faults and vow not to repeat his mistakes.... read more ›
The Kite Runner has been on the American Library Association's top ten lists for most challenged books in 2008 (for offensive language, sexually explicit material, and being unsuited to age group), in 2012 (for depictions of homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoints, sexually explicit), in 2014 (for ...... see more ›
If parents get their way, John Steinbeck's “Of Mice and Men” and Khaled Hosseini's “The Kite Runner” could be banned from their children's high school classrooms in Idaho and North Carolina, respectively.... see more ›
The main concerns about the novel include its sexually explicit content, offensive language and age inappropriateness. In 2012, it rose to sixth place on the ALA's list, and in 2014 it placed seventh. Other objections to “The Kite Runner” include its treatment of homosexuality, religious viewpoint and violence.... see more ›
In 2017, it was the fourth most challenged book according to the American Library Association. It was challenged for sexual violence, and Islamophobia fueled some challenges, with would-be censors arguing that the novel would inspire terrorism and promoted Islam.... read more ›
The Kite Runner (2003) by Khaled Hosseini is not a true story and this needs to be clear. Crystal clear. Much of the hype surrounding this fictive world from individuals who often spoke to me about this book was that the story was a true one.... see more ›
The novel's greatest irony, and its most tragic, centers on Amir's choice not to stop Hassan's rape. Amir doesn't intervene because he wants Baba's approval, which he knows he can earn by bringing home the kite and proving that he, like Baba, is a winner.... see more ›
Amir reads letters that Hassan wrote to him before he died and he realizes that Hassan had forgiven him for all he had done. This frees Amir from some of his guilt and helps him move on with his life.... continue reading ›
In Amir's attempt to prove himself to his father and to himself, he throws Hassan under the bus. Even when Amir attempts to redeem himself by saving Hassan's son, he commits another betrayal by abandoning Hassan's son.... continue reading ›
For example, Hosseini's The Kite Runner is recommended with a checkmark of approval for ages 16 and older. This novel isn't developmentally appropriate for readers younger than 16, according to Common Sense Media's ratings.... read more ›
Suitable for readers 17 and up.... see more ›
This story is not for the faint of heart. It's downright brutal at times, and the language and subject matter are such that adults should think carefully before allowing their younger teens to read. But for older and more mature teens, there are important lessons to be learned.... see details ›
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
- Maus by Art Spiegelman.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- 1984 by George Orwell.
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
- Animal Farm by George Orwell.
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Explain the title.
The book is called The Kite Runner. The reason for this is that kite-fighting is a very important happening in the book. The two main characters, Amir and Hassan, contest at the start of the book in a local kite-fighting tournament.... see more ›
The Giver has been banned or challenged in various schools at times due to the potentially difficult topics it brings up including infanticide, suicide and euthanasia.... view details ›
Not for under 18!
This book is fine for an adult. It is not for high school students! It is dark and disturbing and has graphic depictions of child rape. Rape and violence are strong themes throughout the book.... read more ›
In 2017, it was the fourth most challenged book according to the American Library Association. It was challenged for sexual violence, and Islamophobia fueled some challenges, with would-be censors arguing that the novel would inspire terrorism and promoted Islam.... see details ›
"Gatsby," "Invisible Man" and "Carried" were all banned on the grounds of sexual references and explicit language. The board cited "Catch-22" for descriptions of violence in its banned. For "Caged Bird," the board based its ban on descriptions of sexual abuse and "anti-white sentiments."... see more ›
There have been different reasons for the book being banned, including religious objections, homosexuality, violence, African history, rape, incest, drug abuse, explicit language, and sexual scenes. These challenges were all eventually overruled.... continue reading ›
The entire Hunger Games Trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay), were number three on the American Library Associations banned books list in 2011 having been challenged for insensitivity, offensive language, violence and for being anti-family, anti-ethnic and occult/satanic.... continue reading ›