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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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 1,244,406 ratings
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3 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,659,938 ratings
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4 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 1,199,262 ratings
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5 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,202,039 ratings
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6 Harry Potter and the Order ...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 1,188,312 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 — 1,160,416 ratings
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8 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,203,996 ratings
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9 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,304,685 ratings
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10 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,472,760 ratings
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11 The Great Gatsby
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,708,768 ratings
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12 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 624,182 ratings
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13 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,275,617 ratings
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14 Of Mice and Men
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,032,214 ratings
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15 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 802,957 ratings
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16 Brave New World
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 721,851 ratings
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17 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,194,817 ratings
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18 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 235,489 ratings
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19 The Giver (The Giver #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 825,413 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 — 281,185 ratings
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21 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 401,717 ratings
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22 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 149,843 ratings
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23 James and the Giant Peach
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 188,487 ratings
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24 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 425,796 ratings
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25 The Old Man and the Sea
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 297,169 ratings
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26 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 360,238 ratings
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27 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 345,216 ratings
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28 Frankenstein
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 604,559 ratings
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29 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 670,856 ratings
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30 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 373,943 ratings
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31 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 171,704 ratings
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32 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 90,305 ratings
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33 The Call of the Wild
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 163,713 ratings
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34 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 616,945 ratings
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35 Heart of Darkness
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 31,259 ratings
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36 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 365,918 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 — 364,482 ratings
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38 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 608,026 ratings
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39 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 288,501 ratings
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40 A Separate Peace
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 116,894 ratings
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41 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,211,548 ratings
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42 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 208,509 ratings
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43 The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 184,343 ratings
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44 Mrs. Dalloway
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 94,638 ratings
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45 Go Ask Alice
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 140,447 ratings
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46 The Canterbury Tales
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3.45 of 5 stars 3.45 avg rating — 111,643 ratings
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47 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 340,819 ratings
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48 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 2,743,582 ratings
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49 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 140,090 ratings
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50 In the Night Kitchen
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 9,508 ratings
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51 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 144,356 ratings
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52 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 537,174 ratings
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53 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 132,192 ratings
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54 Beloved
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 171,235 ratings
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55 Candide
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 108,283 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 — 120,821 ratings
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57 Where's Waldo?: Martin Hand...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 3,269 ratings
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58 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 353,465 ratings
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59 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 312,551 ratings
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60 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 137,999 ratings
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61 On the Road
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 199,697 ratings
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62 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 71,063 ratings
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62 To the Lighthouse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 60,244 ratings
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64 The Witches
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 147,452 ratings
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65 Lady Chatterley's Lover
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 49,172 ratings
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66 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 155,400 ratings
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67 The War of the Worlds
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 109,951 ratings
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68 The Merchant of Venice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 89,080 ratings
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69 Hamlet
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 384,418 ratings
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70 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,426,078 ratings
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71 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 208,688 ratings
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72 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,370,143 ratings
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73 Forever
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 35,746 ratings
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74 The Clan of the Cave Bear (...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 142,852 ratings
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75 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 87,720 ratings
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76 Franny and Zooey
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 120,183 ratings
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77 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 73,794 ratings
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77 Sophie's Choice
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 48,971 ratings
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79 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 746,056 ratings
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80 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 24,887 ratings
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81 A Room with a View
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 87,498 ratings
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82 The Claiming of Sleeping Be...
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 31,517 ratings
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83 Ulysses
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 59,021 ratings
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84 Twelfth Night
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 88,731 ratings
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85 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,255,516 ratings
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86 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 296,023 ratings
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87 Marked (House of Night #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 262,692 ratings
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88 Carrie
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 220,165 ratings
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89 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 86,595 ratings
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90 Naked Lunch
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 43,519 ratings
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90 The Adventures of Captain U...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 13,363 ratings
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92 Scary Stories to Tell in th...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 24,920 ratings
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93 Schindler's List
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 80,661 ratings
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94 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 383,683 ratings
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94 Kim
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 16,503 ratings
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96 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 145,567 ratings
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97 My Ántonia
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 72,701 ratings
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98 The Wind in the Willows
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 88,956 ratings
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99 My Brother Sam Is Dead
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 9,039 ratings
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100 In Cold Blood
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 297,028 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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