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message 1: by Melanie (last edited Sep 19, 2014 07:00AM) (new)

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September 30 - October 6, 2013 is banned books week. The American Libraries Association (ALA) is doing a 50 State Salute and there will be some YouTube Videos. This might be a good time to read a banned or challenged book to stand up against censorship. Below are a list of the most frequently challenged classics according the the ALA. If you find a better list please post. What have you read and why do you think it should be on the shelves or do you agree with the challenges and the bannings.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George Orwell
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love, by DH Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
My book club selection is Their Eyes Were Watching God so i will be reading a banned or challenged book.


message 3: by Ronald (new)

Ronald | 159 comments Mod
No huck fin? Funny I have not read many on this list. I find it hard to believe the Lord of the Rings was ever banned. Thanks for posting though, reminds me I have to check the local library for the list.


message 4: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Ronald,

Here is the reason for LOTR being challenged/banned: http://bannedbooks.world.edu/2011/03/...


message 5: by Melanie (last edited Oct 02, 2012 07:44AM) (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Top 10 2011 Challenges
Out of 326 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

2. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

3. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

4. My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

6. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

7. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

8. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

9. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism


message 6: by Melanie (last edited Oct 02, 2012 07:44AM) (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Top 10 2010 Challenges
Out of 348 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group

2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence

3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit

4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence

6. Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

7. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint

9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit

10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence


message 7: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Top 10 2009 Challenges
Out of 460 challenges as reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: drugs, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

2. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality

3. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: anti-family, drugs, homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

4. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language, racism, unsuited to age group

5.. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

7. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Reasons: homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
Reasons: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


message 8: by Bill (new)

Bill | 192 comments I was shocked to find out that in some places both The American Heritage Dictionary and The Merriam Webster Dictionary were banned for including words or definitions that some people found offensive. Maybe I shouldn't be surprised seeing some of the lists include classic works of literature. And how ironic that even "Fahrenheit 451" has been challenged/banned. I have no doubt that many if not most of the books on my bookshelf here would be banned by some!


message 9: by Kristin (new)

Kristin (trickpony1820) | 20 comments There have been a series of articles in our newspaper about a local district wanting to ban 'Prep' by Curtis Sittenfeld and 'The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test' by Tom Wolfe from summer reading lists (9th and 10th grade respectively) because of them both being 'pornographic' and the latter dealing with excessive drug use. I've never seen a copy of 'Prep' to look it over myself, but the other one was available at the book swap at my gym and it didn't sound interesting enough to take, nor do I think I would have been interested it when I was 15.


message 10: by Jocelyn (new)

Jocelyn | 30 comments Wow Mel, thanks for starting this thread. I had no idea such a large list of books had been at one time banned.
I think this will become my next reading list!


message 11: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I just finished Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and saw that is is banned because of challenged for sexual explicitness. While sex did happen it was never described. If I had read this when I was younger it probably would have flown over my head like Idgie and Ruth's romantic relationship in Fried Green Tomatoes.

My biggest question was Janie a bigamist because she left one husband and was married the following day. I'm not sure if a divorce happened or not.


message 12: by Cameron (new)

Cameron (ckd18) is Gone by Michael Grant a banned/challenged book?


message 13: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I was looking and it doesn't appear that Gone by Michael Grant has been challenged enough to be noted as of yet. However, if it gains in popularity as in getting a tv show or movie then I would suspect it will become challenged.


message 14: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
It is banned book celebration time. From the list I had published I looked at the books I had read from it. I read three this past year, making 7 my grand total.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote


To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell


message 15: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
To be honest I was not impressed by The Great Gatsby. There were no characters that I could identify with or even really like. I would like to see the movie with Leonardo DeCaprio and just enjoy the visual eye candy that Baz Luhrmann creates in his movies.

The Awakening would be my favorite of the three banned books I read this year. I still had issues with the character of Edna. There are times in your life that it is okay to be selfish, and there are times you must deal with the path you choose.

Having grown up in Kansas and my honorary grandfather owned land next to the Clutters (he saw Clutter the day of the murders) I grew up knowing about In Cold Blood. Many say that Harper Lee actually wrote it, and that wouldn't be hard to believe since most of it is transcripton of interviews. I also know that Capote had bonded with at least one of the killers and was present at the hanging. Reading this one would not realize that. While he tried to make you see they were not monsters it isn't like you wanted them to live either. I'm glad it wasn't gory as I had expected it. However, it seemed rather cold. Maybe my expectations were too high.


message 16: by Bill (new)

Bill | 192 comments I wish I could recall the exact quote I saw on Facebook during Banned Books Week last year; I'm sure this is wrong, but it was something to the effect of: "If your library doesn't contain at least one book someone finds offensive it isn't a very good library". Books are meant to be provocative, in a good way.
This is one reason I have the quote from Oscar Wilde on my page, "There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written, that is all!"


message 17: by Melanie (last edited Oct 28, 2013 09:15AM) (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Bill wrote: "I wish I could recall the exact quote I saw on Facebook during Banned Books Week last year; I'm sure this is wrong, but it was something to the effect of: "If your library doesn't contain at least..."

I don't think people should read a book just because it is banned. However, banned and challenged books has something in them that probably makes you think and may change a view point.

I am a person that believes the parents needs to be involved in their children's education. Read the book and see if it is appropriate for your child. If it is a school assignment then let them read it because there is a lesson, but it wouldn't be bad for the parent to discuss with the child after the class.

I saw a post on Facebook about, "So you want religion taught in school. Would that be yours or all of them?" You need to teach your children what you really want them to learn, and talk about what they are learning outside of your home.


message 18: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I added a few to the list of the banned / challenged books I read this year. Here are all of them together from the above list. I think I need to reread A Seperate Peace again - that was back in high school.


The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
1984, by George Orwell
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles


message 19: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
100 most frequently challenged books: 1990–1999

1.Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
2.Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
3.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
4.The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
5.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
6.Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
7.Forever, by Judy Blume
8.Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
9.Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
10.The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
11.The Giver, by Lois Lowry
12.My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13.It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
14.Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
15.Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
16.A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
17.The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18.Sex, by Madonna
19.Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
20.The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
21.In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
22.The Witches, by Roald Dahl
23.A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
24.The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
25.Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
26.The Goats, by Brock Cole
27.The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
28.Anastasia Krupnik (series), by Lois Lowry
29.Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
30.Blubber, by Judy Blume
31.Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
32.Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
33.Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
34.The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
35.What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
36.Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
37.The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
38.The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
39.The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
40.To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
41.We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
42.Deenie, by Judy Blume
43.Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
44.Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
45.Beloved, by Toni Morrison
46.The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
47.Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
48.Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
49.Cujo, by Stephen King
50.James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
51.A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
52.Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
53.American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
54.Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
55.Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
56.Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
57.Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
58.What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
59.The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
60.Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
61.Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
62.Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
63.Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
64.Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
65.Fade, by Robert Cormier
66.Guess What?, by Mem Fox
67.Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
68.Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
69.Native Son, by Richard Wright
70.Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
71.Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
72.On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
73.The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
74.Jack, by A.M. Homes
75.Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
76.Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
77.Mommy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole
78.Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
79.Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
80.The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
81.Carrie, by Stephen King
82.The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
83.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
84.Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
85.Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
86.Private Parts, by Howard Stern
87.Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
88.Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
89.Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
90.Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman
91.Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
92.Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
93.Sex Education, by Jenny Davis
94.Jumper, by Steven Gould
95.Christine, by Stephen King
96.The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene
97.That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
98.Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
99.The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
100.Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-fr...


message 20: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

http://www.ala.org/bbooks/top-100-ban...


message 21: by Bill (last edited Sep 23, 2014 06:05PM) (new)

Bill | 192 comments A school district in Texas (where else?) claims it is purely coincidence that it banned seven books during this Banned Books Week.

The books banned are:
1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
2) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
3) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
4) The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
5) Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
6) Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
7) The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David K. Shipler


message 22: by Melanie (new)

Melanie | 372 comments Mod
I love The Art if Racing in the Rain!


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