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Challenged Books 2000-09

( American Library Association )



Color Purple
by Alice Walker

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The Color Purple has been challenged multiple times and occasionally removed from classrooms. The novel was first challenged in 1984, when parents of students in the Oakland (California) High School honors English class complained that the book was inappropriate reading because of its "sexual and social explicitness," especially its "troubling ideas about race relations ... and human sexuality." The book was removed from the classroom, pending review by the Oakland board of education. (see Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3573.A425 C6

Rank:
17




The Stupids
by Allard, Harry

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC ALLARD STUP 1974

Rank:
62




The House of the Spirits
by Allende, Isabel

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Call Number:
PQ8098.1 .L54 C313 2005

Rank:
97




Scary Stories
by Alvin Schwartz

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Call Number:
JUV - ANTH SCAR 1981

Rank:
7




Bless Me, Ultima
by Anaya, Rudolfo A.

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Call Number:
PS3551.N27 B58 1999




Speak
by Anderson, Laurie Halse

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Call Number:
PS3551 .N37445 S64 2006B

Rank:
60




Go Ask Alice
by Anonymous

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Call Number:
PZ7 .G534 2006
Publication Date:
2006

Rank:
18




he Handmaids Tale
by Atwood, Margaret

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Call Number:
PR9199.3 .A8 H3 1998

Rank:
88




The Fighting Ground
by Avi

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Call Number:
YOUTH AVI FIGH 2004

Rank:
42




Friday Night Lights
by Bissinger, H. G.

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Call Number:
GV958 .P47 B57 2003

Rank:
89




Are You There, God? Its Me, Margaret
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
YOUTH BLUME AREY 2001

Rank:
99




Blubber
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
YOUTH BLUME BLUB 1976

Rank:
43




Tiger Eyes
by Blume, Judy

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Call Number:
YOUTH BLUME TIGE 1981

Rank:
87




Fahrenheit 451
by Bradbury, Ray

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Call Number:
PS3503 .R167 F3 2001B

Rank:
69




Draw Me A Star
by Carle, Eric

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC CARLE DRAW 1992

Rank:
61




Crazy Lady
by Conly, Jane Leslie

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH CONLY CRAZ 1995

Rank:
45




The Face on the Milk Carton
by Cooney, Caroline B.

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Call Number:
YA COONEY FACE 1996




Athletic Shorts
by Crutcher, Chris

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Call Number:
JUV - YA CRUTCHER ATHL 2002

Rank:
44




Whale Talk
by Crutcher, Chris

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Call Number:
YA CRUTCHER WHAL 2001




Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Crutcher, Chris.

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Call Number:
PZ7.C89 SS 2003

Rank:
85




Captain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH PILKEY ADVE 1997

Rank:
13




Daughters of Eve
by Duncan, Lois

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Call Number:
YA DUNCAN DAUG 2011

Rank:
51




America: A Novel
by Frank, E. R.

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Call Number:
YA FRANK AMER 2003

Rank:
100




Grendel
by Gardner, John

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Call Number:
PS3557.A712 G7

Rank:
96




Julie of the Wolves
by George, Jean Craighead

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH GEORGE JULI 1972

Rank:
91




Summer of My German Soldier
by Greene, Bette

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Call Number:
YA GREENE SUMM 2006

Rank:
55




A Time to Kill
by Grisham, John

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Call Number:
LEISURE - CRIME / MYSTERY GRISHAM 2009

Rank:
67




Snow Falling on Cedars
by Guterson, David

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Call Number:
PS3557.U846 S65 1994




To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

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Call Number:
PS3562.E353 T6 2006

Rank:
21




Olives Ocean
by Henkes, Kevin

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Call Number:
YOUTH HENKES OLIV 2003

Rank:
59




Brave New World
by Huxley, Aldous

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Call Number:
PR6015.U9 B65 1998




Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

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Call Number:
PS3537.A426 C3 2001

Rank:
19




Harry Potter
by J.K. Rowling

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Call Number:
JUV - YOUTH ROWLING HARR 1999

Rank:
1




Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

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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 O2 2002

Rank:
5




Forever
by Judy Blume

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Call Number:
JUV - YA BLUME FORE 1999

Rank:
16




And Tango Makes Three
by Justin Richardson

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC RICHARDSON ANDT 2005

Rank:
4




One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey

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Banned from the St. Anthony, ID Freemont High School classrooms (1978) and the instructor fired. The teacher sued. A decision in the case 'Fogarty v. Atchley' was never published. Challenged as part of the curriculum in an Aberdeen, WA High School honors English class (1986) because the book promotes "secular humanism." The school board voted to retain the title. Challenged at the Placentia-Yorba Linda, CA Unified School District (2000) after complaints by parents stated that teachers "can choose the best books, but they keep choosing this garbage over and over again." (ALA.org)
Call Number:
PS3561.E667 O5 2003

Rank:
49




The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini

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Has been challenged multiple times in high school classrooms and reading lists in part 'because of the scene of male rape and the use of profanities throughout the novel'. (See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3608.O832 K58 2005
Publication Date:
2003

Rank:
50




ttyl OR ttfn OR l8r g8r
by Lauren Myracle

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Call Number:
LEISURE - FICTION MYR

Rank:
9




Crazy: A Novel
by Lebert, Benjamin

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Call Number:
PT2672.E28 C7313 2001

Rank:
77




A Wrinkle in Time
by L'Engle, Madeleine

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Call Number:
JUV - YA = L'ENGLE, M.

Rank:
90




When Dad Killed Mom
by Lester, Julius

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Call Number:
PZ7.L5629 WJ 2001

Rank:
56




King and King
by Linda de Haan

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC HAAN KING 2002

Rank:
20




Anastasia
by Lowry, Lois

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Call Number:
YOUTH LOWRY ANAS 1993

Rank:
75




The Giver
by Lowry, Lois

"Parents have protested use of the novel in public schools because it contains the themes of infanticide and euthanasia, as well as suicide." For example, 'In 2001, parents in the Colorado school district in which Columbine High School is located complained to the school board that it was inappropriate for teachers to read The Giver aloud in the classroom because it portrays suicide, euthanasia, and infanticide in a neutral to positive light.' (See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more info.)
Call Number:
YOUTH LOWRY GIVE 2012




The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things
by Mackler, Carolyn

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Call Number:
LEISURE - FICTION MACKLER 2003

Rank:
34




Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

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 2004B
Publication Date:
2004

Rank:
14




Arming America
by Mathabane, Mark

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Call Number:
E185.97.M38 A3 1989

Rank:
38




I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,
by Maya Angelou

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Call Number:
PS3551 .N464 Z466 2002

Rank:
6




Cut
by McCormick, Patricia

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Call Number:
YA MCCORMICK CUT 2002

Rank:
86




Beloved
by Morrison, Toni

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"A disturbing tale of the horrors of slavery in America &" "In May 1998, the Anaheim Union High School rejected adding the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the core reading list for twelfth-grade English class. (See Banned in the USA for more info.)
Call Number:
PS3563 .O8749 B4 2006




Song of Solomon
by Morrison, Toni

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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 S66 1995

Rank:
72




The Things They Carried
by O'Brien, Tim

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Call Number:
PS3565.B75 T48 2009

Rank:
65




Junie B. Jones
by Park, Barbara

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Call Number:
YOUTH PARK JUNI 2012

Rank:
71




Mick Harte Was Here
by Park, Barbara

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Call Number:
YOUTH PARK MICK 2006

Rank:
64




Bridge To Terabithia
by Paterson, Katherine

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Call Number:
YOUTH PATERSON BRID 1977




The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Paterson, Katherine

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Call Number:
YOUTH PATERSON GREA 1979

Rank:
52




Harris and Me
by Paulsen, Gary

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Call Number:
YOUTH PAULSEN HARRI 2007

Rank:
70




A Day No Pigs Would Die
by Peck, Robert Newton

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Call Number:
YOUTH PECK DAYN 1994

Rank:
80




Alice
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Call Number:
JUV - YA NAYLOR ALIC 2010

Rank:
2




Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging
by Rennison, Louise

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Call Number:
JUV - YA RENNISON ANGU 2006




Chocolate War
by Robert Cormier

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Call Number:
JUV - YA CORMIER CHOC 1997

Rank:
3




It’s Perfectly Normal
by Robie Harris

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Call Number:
JUV - NONFIC HQ53 .H37 2004X

Rank:
12




Always Running
by Rodriguez, Luis J.

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Call Number:
LEISURE - NONFIC HV6439.U72 L77 2005

Rank:
68




The Boy Who Lost His Face
by Sachar, Louis

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Call Number:
YOUTH SACHAR BOYW 2000

Rank:
92




Rainbow Boys
by Sanchez, Alex

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Call Number:
LEISURE - LGBT SANCHEZ 2001

Rank:
48




The Lovely Bones
by Sebold, Alice

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Call Number:
PS3619.E26 L68 2002

Rank:
74




In the night kitchen
by Sendak, Maurice

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Call Number:
JUV - PIC SENDAK INTH 1995

Rank:
24




What My Mother Doesnt Know
by Sones, Sonya

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Call Number:
YA SONES WHAT 2003




The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

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Call Number:
LEISURE - FICTION CHB

Rank:
10




Goosebumps
by Stine, R. L.

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Call Number:
YOUTH STINE DEEP 1994

Rank:
94




Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Taylor, Mildred D

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Call Number:
YOUTH TAYLOR ROLL 2004

Rank:
66




Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

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Call Number:
PS3563.O8749 B55 2000

Rank:
15




Slaughterhouse-Five
by Vonnegut, Kurt

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Call Number:
PS3572.O5 S6 2005

Rank:
46




Fallen Angels
by Walter Dean Myers

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Call Number:
JUV - YA MYERS FALL 2013

Rank:
11




Black Boy
by Wright, Richard

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Call Number:
PS3545 .R815 Z9 2008

Rank:
81






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