The fact is, many books wind up on the ALA’s banned book list every year, usually for depictions of sex, racial tension or racial minority perspectives, poverty, and the effects of all of those things on children and teenagers around the age of puberty. Persepolis depicts a lot of drug use (as unhealthy) in its second half, as well as a bit of (non-explicit) sex, as well as torture (Marjane has an uncle who spent years as a political prisoner) and death. And, of course, the entire book is written from a perspective we very rarely see in American culture. It could be any or all of these things that put the book one someone’s radar.

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