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 — 1,296,609 ratings
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3 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 2,825,213 ratings
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4 Harry Potter and the Deathl...
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4.57 of 5 stars 4.57 avg rating — 1,248,565 ratings
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5 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,248,462 ratings
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6 Harry Potter and the Order ...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 1,290,061 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 — 1,206,131 ratings
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8 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 1,254,643 ratings
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9 Animal Farm
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,368,568 ratings
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10 The Catcher in the Rye
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,503,934 ratings
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11 The Great Gatsby
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 1,809,102 ratings
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12 1984
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,346,668 ratings
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13 Charlotte's Web
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 664,910 ratings
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14 Of Mice and Men
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 1,073,120 ratings
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15 The Adventures of Huckleber...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 825,295 ratings
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16 Bridge to Terabithia
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 249,474 ratings
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17 Brave New World
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 753,246 ratings
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18 Lord of the Flies
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 1,233,188 ratings
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19 The Giver (The Giver, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 908,704 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 — 295,723 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 — 421,420 ratings
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22 Winnie-the-Pooh
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 158,343 ratings
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23 James and the Giant Peach
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 198,928 ratings
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24 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 448,103 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 — 318,895 ratings
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26 Lolita
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 375,857 ratings
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27 The Handmaid's Tale
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 362,886 ratings
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28 Frankenstein
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 626,326 ratings
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29 The Grapes of Wrath
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 386,582 ratings
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30 The Golden Compass (His Dar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 698,392 ratings
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31 The Awakening
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 93,601 ratings
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32 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 181,127 ratings
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33 The Call of the Wild
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 170,026 ratings
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34 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 647,135 ratings
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35 Heart of Darkness
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 203,418 ratings
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36 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 387,421 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 — 376,480 ratings
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38 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 364,144 ratings
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39 Slaughterhouse-Five
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 631,615 ratings
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40 The Hunger Games (The Hunge...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 2,971,596 ratings
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41 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,272,362 ratings
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42 Go Ask Alice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 154,796 ratings
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43 The Color Purple
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 297,544 ratings
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44 The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 581,960 ratings
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45 A Separate Peace
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 124,458 ratings
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46 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 217,231 ratings
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47 The Subtle Knife (His Dark ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 189,642 ratings
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48 Mrs. Dalloway
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 98,361 ratings
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49 The Canterbury Tales
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 116,419 ratings
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50 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 146,767 ratings
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51 In the Night Kitchen
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 10,130 ratings
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52 The Amber Spyglass (His Dar...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 149,959 ratings
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53 Their Eyes Were Watching God
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 135,905 ratings
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54 Beloved
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 177,033 ratings
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55 Candide
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 113,499 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 — 125,191 ratings
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57 Where's Waldo?: Martin Hand...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,388 ratings
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58 Hamlet
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 404,374 ratings
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59 Macbeth
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 367,607 ratings
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60 A Clockwork Orange
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 329,379 ratings
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61 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 148,757 ratings
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62 On the Road
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 206,809 ratings
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63 A Portrait of the Artist as...
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 74,471 ratings
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63 To the Lighthouse
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 63,078 ratings
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65 The Witches
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 154,888 ratings
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66 Lady Chatterley's Lover
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 51,273 ratings
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67 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 168,453 ratings
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68 The War of the Worlds
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 113,791 ratings
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69 The Merchant of Venice
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 92,670 ratings
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69 Fahrenheit 451
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 785,380 ratings
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71 Twilight (Twilight, #1)
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,588,483 ratings
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72 The Sun Also Rises
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 215,536 ratings
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73 Catching Fire (The Hunger G...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,446,876 ratings
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74 Forever
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 36,755 ratings
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75 Carrie
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 235,338 ratings
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76 The Clan of the Cave Bear (...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 147,010 ratings
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77 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 90,621 ratings
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78 Unwind (Unwind, #1)
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 94,201 ratings
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79 Franny and Zooey
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 127,507 ratings
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80 The Age of Innocence
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 77,001 ratings
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80 Sophie's Choice
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 52,235 ratings
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82 The Chocolate War (Chocolat...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 25,702 ratings
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83 A Room with a View
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 91,277 ratings
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84 The Claiming of Sleeping Be...
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 32,703 ratings
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85 Ulysses
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 61,007 ratings
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86 Twelfth Night
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 91,624 ratings
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87 Mockingjay (The Hunger Game...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,319,984 ratings
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88 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 302,029 ratings
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89 Marked (House of Night #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 274,789 ratings
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90 Naked Lunch
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 45,793 ratings
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90 The Adventures of Captain U...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 14,764 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 — 28,483 ratings
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93 Schindler's List
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 87,599 ratings
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94 Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 397,355 ratings
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94 Kim
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 17,436 ratings
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96 Things Fall Apart (The Afri...
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 150,742 ratings
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97 My Ántonia
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 75,069 ratings
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98 The Wind in the Willows
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 93,880 ratings
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99 My Brother Sam Is Dead
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 9,727 ratings
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100 In Cold Blood
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 308,765 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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