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?
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247 books · 128 voters · list created October 2nd, 2009 by Rora (votes) .
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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


Loveliest Evaris 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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