The Most Frequently Challenged Books
The most frequently challenged books that people try to ban. (From the lists at ALA) Which ones have you read?
1 To Kill a Mockingbird
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2 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,281,014 ratings
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3 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,775,843 ratings
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4 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 1,234,013 ratings
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5 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,234,352 ratings
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6 Harry Potter and the Order ...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 1,259,622 ratings
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7 Harry Potter and the Half-B...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 1,192,178 ratings
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8 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,240,481 ratings
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9 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,349,241 ratings
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10 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,489,448 ratings
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11 The Great Gatsby
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,778,497 ratings
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12 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 652,394 ratings
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13 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,324,903 ratings
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14 Of Mice and Men
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,060,937 ratings
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15 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 818,939 ratings
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16 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 743,656 ratings
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17 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,224,269 ratings
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18 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 245,526 ratings
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19 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 881,966 ratings
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20 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 291,916 ratings
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21 A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 414,588 ratings
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22 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 155,901 ratings
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23 James and the Giant Peach
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 196,317 ratings
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24 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 442,125 ratings
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25 The Old Man and the Sea
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 312,676 ratings
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26 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 370,438 ratings
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27 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 357,543 ratings
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28 Frankenstein
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 620,430 ratings
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29 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 383,420 ratings
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30 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 689,929 ratings
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31 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 92,644 ratings
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32 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 178,259 ratings
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33 The Call of the Wild
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 168,387 ratings
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34 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 638,141 ratings
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35 Heart of Darkness
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 34,997 ratings
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36 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 380,418 ratings
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37 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's ...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 372,484 ratings
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38 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 624,627 ratings
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39 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,253,979 ratings
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40 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 294,904 ratings
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41 A Separate Peace
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 122,297 ratings
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42 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,904,437 ratings
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43 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 214,574 ratings
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44 The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 188,044 ratings
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45 Mrs. Dalloway
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 97,188 ratings
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46 Go Ask Alice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 152,574 ratings
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47 The Canterbury Tales
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 114,792 ratings
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48 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 568,722 ratings
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49 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 357,591 ratings
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50 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 144,800 ratings
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51 In the Night Kitchen
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 9,945 ratings
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52 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 148,256 ratings
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53 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 134,846 ratings
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54 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 175,217 ratings
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55 Candide
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 111,846 ratings
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56 Are You There God? It's Me,...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 123,912 ratings
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57 Where's Waldo?: Martin Hand...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,347 ratings
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58 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 362,983 ratings
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59 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 324,632 ratings
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60 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 145,457 ratings
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61 On the Road
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 204,717 ratings
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62 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 73,280 ratings
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62 To the Lighthouse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 62,155 ratings
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64 The Witches
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 152,649 ratings
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65 Lady Chatterley's Lover
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 50,720 ratings
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66 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 164,885 ratings
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67 The War of the Worlds
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 112,515 ratings
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68 The Merchant of Venice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 91,660 ratings
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68 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 773,266 ratings
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70 Hamlet
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 398,590 ratings
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71 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,541,272 ratings
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72 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 213,483 ratings
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73 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,427,162 ratings
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74 Forever
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 36,466 ratings
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75 The Clan of the Cave Bear (...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 145,720 ratings
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76 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 89,764 ratings
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77 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 92,165 ratings
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78 Franny and Zooey
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 125,300 ratings
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79 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 75,938 ratings
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79 Sophie's Choice
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 51,337 ratings
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81 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,442 ratings
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82 A Room with a View
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 90,368 ratings
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83 The Claiming of Sleeping Be...
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 32,328 ratings
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84 Ulysses
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 60,358 ratings
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85 Twelfth Night
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 90,774 ratings
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86 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,300,385 ratings
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87 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 300,319 ratings
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88 Marked (House of Night #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 271,333 ratings
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89 Carrie
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 230,606 ratings
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90 Naked Lunch
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 45,063 ratings
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90 The Adventures of Captain U...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 14,404 ratings
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92 Scary Stories to Tell in th...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 27,845 ratings
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93 Schindler's List
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 85,601 ratings
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94 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 393,338 ratings
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94 Kim
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 17,150 ratings
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96 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 149,214 ratings
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97 My Ántonia
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 74,316 ratings
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98 The Wind in the Willows
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 92,411 ratings
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99 My Brother Sam Is Dead
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 9,606 ratings
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100 In Cold Blood
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 304,944 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-13 of 13) (13 new)

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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn This is nothing less than the best list I've seen for young readers, a list of books many of them might actually want to read ! What the hell is wrong with people ?
Hmmmm (WTHIWWP ?)


message 2: by Lindz (new)

Lindz The great gatsby? What is in there too ban? Too much symbolism?

I always laugh when I see 1984 on these lists, it is wanted the ban because it apparently promotes young sensitive minds towards communism. Bah hahah has anyone actually read 1984?


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lindsay wrote: "The great gatsby? What is in there too ban? Too much symbolism?

I always laugh when I see 1984 on these lists, it is wanted the ban because it apparently promotes young sensitive minds towards c..."


I had my paperback copy confiscated in 1957 when I was in high school in Milton, Massachusetts just because it was a "paperback" book and those were assumed to be bad. The teacher gave it back eventually, but asked me "What do you want to read that junk for ?" Most readers feel that Orwell was specifically inveighing AGAINST communism and other forms of totalitarianism in 1984. I read it three times without stopping --all of us (male) "geeks" did, and we thought then it was the best science fiction we'd ever read. I still feel that way;


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Yeah. my goal is to read all of the books on the list by the time I graduate high school. I'm going off of the list at ALA which looks to be the same list, just with only 100 books. A lot of these books we read in school.
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. ~Jo Godwin


message 5: by Talyn (new)

Talyn Books should NEVER be banned, unless they're so badly written they should be burned on sight, lol..

But seriously. No book should ever be banned. My English teacher printed out 'Banned Books from 1990-2009' and it had stupid-ass reasons like 'anti-ethnic' (The Hunger Games, of all books) and 'sarcastic'.

People are scared children will be scarred for life if they read a certain book. Why? Why would they be scarred for life or scared or whatever?

They were living a lie since the day they were born up until now. You need to break the bubble some how, open them up to the harsh realities that this world unfortunately has.

It's better for them to KNOW and LEARN about it from a book or a teacher than for them to make mistakes first-hand and regret it later.

And children are stronger and smarter than you think.

I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was six and guess what? I wasn't all weirded out by the word --yeah I'm gonna write it out, don't have a cow-- nigger being in the book.

Granted, I wasn't old enough to understand it was a bad word, but I didn't go using it and repeating it.. And so what if it's an offensive word? You take out that word in those old books, you are taking out part of the book itself. That's HISTORICALLY ACCURATE! That was just how it was! Mark Twain wasn't racist, despite living in the 1800s and being white with an awsome mustache and some Einstein-ish hair going on, like a flip-up at his forehead.. anyways! The point is, don't ban books.

Now if you excuse me, I need to go eat some salami.


message 6: by Erica (new)

Erica Charlotte's Web? Banned? By who, the proud owners of bacon and pesticide factories? Somebody tell me why.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The most likely reason I can think of is that some religious conservatives have a real problem with talking animals in fiction.


message 8: by Yblees (last edited Mar 06, 2013 08:18PM) (new)

Yblees I think I kinda get "Green Eggs and Ham" - Sam-I-Am is obviously an incarnation of Satan tempting innocents to sin... But "Where's Waldo"? *facepalm*


message 9: by Ela (new)

Ela Winnie the Pooh? Really? Just why? Because it is actually intelligent?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Poor Winnie was #22 on the ALA's list of banned and challenged books as of 2011. Again, some fundamentalist Christians have a problem with talking animals in literature. Some Moslems have a problem with Piglet.

Also, Russia banned it as potentially subversive and pro-Nazi (really weird story).


message 11: by Ela (new)

Ela People make me want to cry sometimes.


message 13: by Ela (new)

Ela *sigh*


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