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Banned Book Week, September 23-30

The American Library Association tracks challenges against books made
in school and public libraries across the country. Remember, for
every challenge recorded, there are four or five that are not -- and
some of those regrettably lead to a book being pulled from the shelf,
especially in school libraries.

From the 100
Most Challenged Books 1990-2000, bold the ones you've read and
pass on the meme. If you're committed to the freedom to read and to
publish, pick one off the list that you haven't read and exercise your
library card or better yet, buy one for a child :-D

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume

9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth's Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide
for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel

45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Didn't read the book, but saw the movie...
61. What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for
Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern Didn't read the book, but saw the movie...
88. Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman

91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
God, I love so many of these. Forever, The COLOR PURPLE *swoons*

God Bless Books.
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I rember all of us sneaking the copy of Forever from one girl to the next...
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:29 am (UTC)
Where's Waldo?
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, what's up with that?

Sep. 19th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Maybe it's the FBI looking for Waldo because he's a serial-killer rapist homosexual athiest. That could be why he's banned.
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
Nope, pornography, apparently.
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Nope. My version is more interesting!
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
I can't argue with that. Although, naked breasts are never dull.
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
He's over there. *points*

Not sure why he's on the list though...
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
i read a lot of these for school. a lot of them. it's funny that they would assign us books that had been banned.

judy blume used to be my favorite author when i was a kid. i wonder who banned her books and why... also, you need to read "how to eat fried worms." it's a classic. :)
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:34 am (UTC)
Dude! I have read How To Eat Fried Worms!
*looks up at list*
*calls self a dumb-ass for missing that one*
*uses fearsome editing powers to bold it*

Yeah, I read everything by Judy Blume too. Forever is banned because the main character and her boyfriend *whispers* have sex.
I'm not sure why Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret is banned unless it is icky and sinful to read about a girl getting her period for the first time. Who can understand the book banning folk?
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)
It might be the whole questioning religion thing. Just a guess.

No idea why Deenie was banned. Wasn't that one about the girl who had to wear a special scoliosis brace? Really racy material there.
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:14 am (UTC)
And really, why are they banning books anyway when there's a whole internet to try to ban! C'mon people! I rec'd a Chewbacca/Yoda slash fic. And Tiger Eyes gets banned? These old people who are banning books need to get with the times!
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm sure they're working on it.
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
Ya know - I printed this out. It has now become my new reading list.
Sep. 19th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Woo hoo!!
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
So how do you get a book banned? The DaVinci code could be worth a shot, I think.
Sep. 19th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that you have to be a fanatic in some religion or a Republican.
Sep. 19th, 2006 11:43 am (UTC)
So many books I need to read!!!
Sep. 19th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
I know! There are a few of them that I've read that most people are required to in school but I never had to... Lord of the Flies, Catcher in the Rye...
But then I had to read Huck Finn THREE times in my high school years.
Sep. 19th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
I think every time a group tries to ban a book, we should try to have the Bible banned. Violence, nudity, sex, greed, genocide, slavery, infantacide, murder, magic...
Sep. 19th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
LOL! Good point!
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