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Challenged Books 1990 - 1999

( American Library Association )



The Stupids
by Allard, Harry

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC ALLARD STUP 1974
Publication Date:
1974




The house of Spirits
by Allende, Isabel

Challenged multiple times in high school classrooms because of violence and sexually explicit passages. In one case a parent filed charges with the county police against the school superintendent because he allowed students to access The House of Spirits and four other books. (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Call Number:
PQ8098.1 .L54 C313
Publication Date:
1985




Bless Me, Ultima
by Anaya, Rudolfo

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Call Number:
PS3551.N27 B58
Publication Date:
1972




I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Angelou, Maya

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Call Number:
PS3551 .N464 Z466
Publication Date:
1969




The Handmaid's Tale
by Atwood, Margaret

Challenged and removed from multiple high school classrooms because of 'profanity' and 'sex'. "In March 2006, one parent who felt it was her 'duty to ensure no student be able to read The Handmaid’s Tale in class' succeeded in having the book removed from the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. The complain noted that it was ' 'sexually explicit and offensive to Christians'. The book was part of an advanced placement curriculum. See Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
Leisure - FICTION ATWOOD OR PR9199.3 .A8 H3
Publication Date:
1985







Little Black Sambo
by Bannerman, Helen

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC BANNERMAN STOR 1990
Publication Date:
1923




On My Honor
by Bauer, Marion Dane

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH BAUER ONMY 1986
Publication Date:
1986




Go Ask Alice
by Beatrice Sparks

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Call Number:
PZ7 .G534 2006
Publication Date:
1971




Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH BLUME AREY
Publication Date:
1970




Blubber
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH BLUME BLUB 1976
Publication Date:
1974




Tiger Eyes
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH BLUME TIGE 1981
Publication Date:
1981




The Goats
by Cole, Brock

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Call Number:
JUV - YA COLE GOAT 1990
Publication Date:
1987




Jump Ship to Freedom
by Collier, James Lincoln & Christopher Coller

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH COLLIER JUMP 1987
Publication Date:
1981




Crazy Lady
by Conly, Jane

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH CONLY CRAZ 1995
Publication Date:
1993




The Face on the Milk Carton
by Cooney, Caroline

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Call Number:
JUV - YA COONEY FACE 1996
Publication Date:
1990




The Chocolate War
by Cormier, Robert

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Call Number:
JUV - YA CORMIER CHOC 1997
Publication Date:
1974




Athletic Shorts
by Crutcher, Chris

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Call Number:
JUV - YA CRUTCHER ATHL 2002
Publication Date:
1991




Running Loose
by Crutcher, Chris

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Call Number:
Literacy Library - PZ7 .C89 Ru 1983
Publication Date:
1983




James and the Giant Peach
by Dahl, Roald

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH DAHL JAME 1961
Publication Date:
1961




Killing Mr. Griffin
by Duncan,Lois

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Call Number:
JUV - YA DUNCAN KILL 2010
Publication Date:
1978




American Psycho
by Ellis, Bret Easton

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Call Number:
Leisure - HORROR ELLIS 1991 OR PS3555.L5937 A8 1991
Publication Date:
1991




Pillars of the Earth
by Follett, Ken

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Call Number:
Leisure - HISTORICAL FICTION FOLLETT 2007 OR PR6056.O45 P55 2007
Publication Date:
1989




Julie of the Wolves
by George, Jean Craighead

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH GEORGE JULI 1997
Publication Date:
1972




Lord of the Flies
by Golding, William

"Critics at Owen (North Carolina) High School challenged the book in 1981 for being 'demoralizing' by implying that man is little more than an animal, and the appropriateness of the novel as a reading assignment was challenged at Marana (Arizona) High School in 1983." "The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) board of education ruled on June 23, 1988 that the novel is 'racist and recommended that it be removed from all schools,' after parents and members of the black community complained that it degraded blacks because the boys paint themselves and savagely hunt and kill both wild boars and later several of their group, while they refer to themselves as a 'tribe.'" "In 1992, the novel was challenged as indecent by protesters in the Waterloo, Iowa, schools. The challenge was based on perceived profanity, lurid passages, and statements viewed as being derogatory to minorities, women, and the disabled." (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Call Number:
PR6013.O35 L63 2004
Publication Date:
1954




Summer of My German Soldier
by Greene, Bette

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Call Number:
JUV - YA GREENE SUMM 2006
Publication Date:
1973




Ordinary People
by Guest, Judith

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Call Number:
PS3557 .U345 O7
Publication Date:
1976




It's Perfectly Normal
by Harris, Robie

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Call Number:
JUV - NONFIC HQ53 .H37 2004X
Publication Date:
1994




The Outsiders
by Hinton, S. E.

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Call Number:
PZ7.H5976 OU 2007 OR JUV - YA HINTON OUTS 2007
Publication Date:
1967




Final Exit
by Humphry, Derek

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Call Number:
R726 .H843
Publication Date:
1991




Brave New World
by Huxley, Aldous

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Call Number:
PR6015 .U9 B65
Publication Date:
1932




Flowers for Algernon
by Keyes, Daniel

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Call Number:
PS3561.E769 F68 1994
Publication Date:
1966




Carrie
by King, Stephen

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Call Number:
PS3561.I483 C37
Publication Date:
1974




The Dead Zone
by King, Stephen

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Call Number:
Leisure - HORROR KING 2008 OR PS3561.I483 D4 1980
Publication Date:
1979




Arizona Kid
by Koertge, Ronald

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Call Number:
JUV - YA KOERTGE ARIZ 2005
Publication Date:
2005




To Kill a Mockingbird
by Lee, Harper

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Call Number:
PS3562 .E353 T6335
Publication Date:
1960




A Wrinkle in Time
by L'Engle, Madeleine

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH LENGLE WRIN
Publication Date:
1962




Anastasia Krupnik
by Lowry, Lois

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH LOWRY ANAS 1993
Publication Date:
1979




The Giver
by Lowry, Lois

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH LOWRY GIVE 2014
Publication Date:
1993




Kaffir Boy
by Mathabane, Mark

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Call Number:
DT779.95 .M38 A34
Publication Date:
1986




Where Did I Come From?
by Mayle, Peter

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Call Number:
JUV - NONFIC QP251.5 .M38 1987
Publication Date:
1973




Beloved
by Morrison, Toni

"Beloved has been challenged in school districts because of the violence that permeates the novel." See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more details.
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 B4
Publication Date:
1987




Song of Solomon
by Morrison, Toni

Challenged, but retained, in the Columbus, OH schools (1993). The complainant believed that the book contains language degrading to blacks, and is sexually explicit. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 S6
Publication Date:
1977




The Bluest Eye
by Morrison, Toni

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Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 .B55
Publication Date:
1970




Fallen Angels
by Myers, Walter Dean

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Call Number:
JUV - YA MYERS FALL 1989
Publication Date:
1988




Alice
by Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH NAYLOR & JUV - YA NAYLOR ALIC 2011
Publication Date:
1985




Heather Has Two Mommies
by Newman, Leslea

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC NEWMAN HEAT 2000
Publication Date:
1989




Bridge to Terabithia
by Paterson, Katherine

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH PATERSON BRID 2007
Publication Date:
1977




The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Paterson, Katherine

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH PATERSON GREA 1979
Publication Date:
1978




A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Peck, Robert Newton

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH PECK DAYN 1994
Publication Date:
1972




View from the Cherry Tree
by Roberts, Willo Davis

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH ROBERTS VIEW 1993
Publication Date:
1975




How to Eat Fried Worms
by Rockwell, Thomas

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH ROCKWELL HOWT
Publication Date:
1973




Always Running
by Rodriguez, Luis

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Call Number:
JUV - NONFIC HV6439.U7 L77 2005
Publication Date:
1993




Harry Potter (series)
by Rowling, J. K.

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH ROWLING HARR
Publication Date:
1997




The Boy Who Lost His Face
by Sachar, Louis

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH SACHAR BOYW 2000
Publication Date:
1989




Catcher in the Rye
by Salinger, J. D.

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Call Number:
PS3537.A426
Publication Date:
1951




Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Schwartz, Alvin

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Call Number:
JUV - ANTH SCAR 1981
Publication Date:
1981




In the Night Kitchen
by Sendak, Maurice

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC SENDAK INTH 1995
Publication Date:
1970




A Light in the Attic
by Silverstein, Shel

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH SILVERSTEIN LIGH 1981
Publication Date:
1981




The Headless Cupid
by Snyder, Zilpha Keatley

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH SNYDER HEAD 1985
Publication Date:
1971




Of Mice and Men
by Steinbeck, John

Banned in Ireland (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil City, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and other communities. Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain." Challenged at the Newton, IA High School (2007) because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s. In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Retained in the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) despite a parent calling the novel a 'worthless, profanity-riddled book' which is derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled. (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3537 .T3234 O32
Publication Date:
1937




Goosebumps (series)
by Stine, R. L.

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH STINE CURS 1993
Publication Date:
1992




The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Twain, Mark

Upon publication, Huckleberry Finn was banned by Concord Public Library (and others) because it "deals with a series of adventures of a very low grade of morality; it is couched in the language of a rough dialect, & to sum up, the book is flippant and irreverent in its style & and it is trash of the veriest sort." In 1998, the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected a request to remove Huckleberry Finn from the required reading list at a school in Tempe, Arizona following charges that the book is a "racist book" and that the "school district was racially insensitive for not removing it". (see Banned in the U.S.A.)
Call Number:
PS1305 .A1 1995
Publication Date:
1884




The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Twain, Mark

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Call Number:
PS1306 .A1 1981
Publication Date:
1876




Slaughterhouse-Five
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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Call Number:
PS3572 .O5 S6
Publication Date:
1969




The Color Purple
by Walker, Alice

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Call Number:
PS3573 .A425 C6
Publication Date:
1982




Daddy's Roommate
by Willhoite, Michael

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC WILLHOITE DADD 1991
Publication Date:
1990




Native Son
by Wright, Richard

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Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 N3
Publication Date:
1940




The Pigman
by Zindel, Paul

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Call Number:
JUV - YA ZINDEL PIGM 1968
Publication Date:
1968









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Award Description
Between 1990 and 2000, 6,364 challenges were reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. This list represents those titles most challenged over that time period. For more information on how the list was compiled and the reasons for the challenges, see the linked website.

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