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Banned! Woo!
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I'm not sure when this list came out, but I am very likely late to this game. Because of the Huck Finn controversy, I started mucking about the American Library Association and found the following list.

http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedbydecade/2000_2009/index.cfm

I am reproducing it here with a note of which ones I have read and some comments about them. This is solely for me, I don't expect anyone else to really care about it, I just want to have the list somewhere so I can refer to it when I need to figure out something to read. I think a good goal would be to read all the books on this list. So, that's what I'm gonna do. I put no time frame on it because I don't feel like it.

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

Read 1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
I guess the whole witchcraft is satan thing is why this is on here. Guess what? It's FICTION! FICTION people! Sheesh!
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Read 5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Haven't read this since high school, might be worth a revisit. I'm not sure why it's on here.
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Read 8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
I loved loved loved these books! And I completely know why they're on here, heh. Good for you Philip Pullman!
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Why is this on here? Because he's wearing underpants? I don't get it.
Read 14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
I love Twain, and I know why it's on here, but c'mon people! It's history, and the word nigger is in there for a reason!
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Read 16. Forever, by Judy Blume
Tho I also don't remember it very well. I do remember it is NOT anything like her 12-13 year old kid fiction.
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Read 18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
I loved this book in high school. In fact, this book made me want to try drugs. So, I guess if that's what happened to me, then I can see why it's on this list, but we have to go our own path, you know?
Read 19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Not my favorite book really. I wasn't quite sure why everyone around me was freaking out about how wonderful it is. Still not sure.
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Read 24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
Nekkid! Woo!
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
Read 28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
This book was so sad, I was weirded out that they made it into a movie.
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
Read 36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Is it because of all the sex? I liked this one, but for this genre, I will always appreciate The Wanting Seed more.
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
Read 43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
Why is this one banned? I don't get it?
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
Read 46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Love all Vonnegut!
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
Read 69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Oh, the irony that this is on THIS list!
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
Read 75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
DoubleU.Tee.Eff! Why is this series on here? Seriously!
Read 76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
I think this is absolutely my favorite Irving.
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
Read 78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
I actually own this one, whee!
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
Read 90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
I don't get this one either. I wish there was some kind of explanation why the book is on this list.
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
Read 96. Grendel, by John Gardner
Huh?
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
Read 99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
Oh noes! Can't deal with bodies or the natural cycle of life or anything, sheesh!
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Hmm, well that's a lot of books I now have to read! Yaaay!

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I love looking at these lists ... and banging my head against the wall. YAY reading!!!! :)

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