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Challenged/Banned Books.

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So here is a list that purports to be the books most often challenged between 1990 and 1999. The ones I've read are in bold.

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

Forever by Judy Blume
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Giver by Lois Lowry
It?s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine Just one or two of these books.
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Sex by Madonna
Udo Kier with one of my favorite gay porn stars on a leash. Okay, twist my arm. Best example of a bad binding making a tiresome book downright infuriating.
Earth?s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle A favorite trilogy. I should really re-read these- it's been more than 15 years.
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak Why in hell...
The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard Some of it- not the whole go
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Why are these two next to each other? Troubling.
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Blubber by Judy Blume
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
Final Exit by Derek Humphry Quite a... challenging read. Troubling that I read it laying on the floor of a friend who wound up committing suicide.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein I recently discovered that the illustrious Mr. Silverstein also wrote the lyrics to Johnny Cash's song 'A Boy Named Sue'. Huh.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
Such. Utter. Crap.
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Cujo by Stephen King
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
I even bought this one specifically because I heard that if you did, you got on the FBI watch list. The recipes in it are broken.
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Why does this book exist? I don't wonder because it's so challenging; I wonder because it's so frankly DULL. And masturbatory.
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
Are You There, God? It?s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Fade by Robert Cormier
Guess What? by Mem Fox
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Native Son by Richard Wright
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Jack by A.M. Homes
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
Carrie by Stephen King

Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford WTF??? Why on earth...
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  • What is remarkable, is that as painfully illiterate I am, reletively speaking, I have ready many of these books, a good number of them as part of my elementary and middle school education.

    I really wasn't much of a rebel then.
    • I read a lot of those in school as well, primary through to highschool. That's... strange. I looked expecting like, 'Satanic rituals for little kids' or something. Actually, I think 'stupid' is probably the word I'm looking for, more than 'strange'.
  • > The Witches by Roald Dahl
    > The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein Why are these two next to each other? Troubling.

    I think they're probably listed in order of "how often they were challenged/banned".
    • For some reason the image that first popped into my warped little skull involved Anjelica Houston and a great deal of Astroglide.
  • Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford WTF??? Why on earth...

    Oh I love this one.

    There is a two page spread in one of the books on a beach and if you look carefully (which, you must admit is kind of the point of the books) you will not only see some guy's bare butt but also a topless woman. Apparently the kids who really dug the books tended to need glasses shortly after finding these... imagine that!

    To borrow a phrase from George Carlin when he was still funny, it's amazing that the people who are most concerned about other people's behavior in the bedroom are people you wouldn't want to fuck in the first place.
    • I had never heard that Carlin quote.

      God I love that man.
      • Actually the line is about people who are pro-life usually being people one wouldn't want to fuck in the first place.
  • In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak Why in hell...

    Because the little boy's genitals are depicted. I think.
  • "American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis Why does this book exist? I don't wonder because it's so challenging; I wonder because it's so frankly DULL. And masturbatory."

    While many many books that are dull and masturbatory gets published, I don't think it's ever the reason for getting published. I think it was because Ellis sold a lot of his early books, and Psycho is 'shocking' and 'has a message': a message Ellis kicks into the readers' more repeatedly than the protagonist kicks the heads of hookers while listening and obsessing over Genesis tunes.
    • If that book was communicating anything, you must've read a revised edition or something, because the one I read was just wankeriffic.
      • You've read "The Purloined Letter" by Poe, right?
        • yeah... I dunno. It's become something of a tenet of faith to me that American Psycho was an unforgiveably bad book. I read it within the first week it came out and once I was done, I sat there looking at it going 'why are you here???'
          • That's the idea. The point, 'yuppies are soulless' is so obvious that you think there must be more, and then when you don't find it, you get frustrated. That and the book got hyped so fucking much, it's no surprise people hate it.

            Hype is evil that way.
            • You wrote: The point, 'yuppies are soulless' is so obvious that you think there must be more, and then when you don't find it, you get frustrated.

              This message ceased to be novel in the 1960s. So the communicated information is 'Greed is bad'? Shit, I just handled the point of writing the novel in three words.
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