The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–20001
1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz - Absolutely nothing scary ever happens. We live in Utopia.
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite - A sequel should be published - Mommy and the Poolboy
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou - Read it
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier - Read it ages ago
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - Read it - I can understand why this book made the list - particularly because of the derogatory and dehumanizing language - however - if taught properly giving a background of the time as well as a progression as to how things have changed, I believe that this book can be an effective tool.
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Read it and loved it. I think that this made the list because of the rape, murder and repetitive use of the word retard. I think that parents and educators can use this book with out issue if presented and prefaced properly.
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling - I am waiting for the individual with a literary degree to publish a book about the Harry Potter series that carefully analyzes the book and disproves the Christian bullshit and protests. Hell, I think that with the right amount of ingenuity the same conclusions could be drawn about this series as were drawn with The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings series.
8. Forever by Judy Blume - Read it - Meh
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - Read it - don't remember enough to remark
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman - Never read it - but heaven forbid we teach our children tolerance or anything that is not in the Bible.
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - I read it and loved it. The funny thing about this book is that people either love it or hate it. There is no middle ground. I suspect this is in the list because of Holden's mental state coupled with the "homosexual overtones" Give me a damn break.
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine - ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker - I suspect that this is on here for similar reasons as Huck Finn - while I have never personally read the book, everyone that I know who has absolutely loved it.
19. Sex by Madonna - Followed by Menopause by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel - ok, Since I despise Clan of the Cave Bear I have personal predjudice against the author for publishing crap.
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle - Read it - Tesseracts are as dangerous as physics. The book was hard for me to get through when I read it - age 8 - but it made me think - and lord knows we can not have that in this country.
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl - This book is brilliant - I read and saw the movie and absolutely adored both.
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein - I have the updated version - very handy - and the new version has more attractive sketches LOL
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume - Give me a break
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan - Because all students feel warmth towards their teachers. They made a movie recently but had to dumb it down and retitle it.
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier - I wish more people would fall down.
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by
Lynda Madaras - Never read it - BUT HONESTLY
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Have not read it or saw the movie but I know the premise of the book - see my remarks on The Color Purple and Huck Finn
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - OH COME ON
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel - See above
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes - Because we are immortal and will never need to deal with death as children.
48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden - DO YOU SEE THAT MLYF - YOU ARE BANNED! LOL
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar - >.>
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein - EVEN THIS IS GOING TO FAR - COME ON - THERE IS POETRY THAT WARNS CHILDREN AGAINST THE DANGERS OF NOSE PICKING!
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - Wonderful book
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) - Ok I read these - Anne Rice I love you but my god!!!
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King - Give me a break - This book teaches people with no sense that the dog did not get into the whipped cream.
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - Since this is not about James' actual peach I really don't see the problem. Wonderful book.
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell - Yeah this is the Feds doing - you buy this and you are put on a watchlist
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy - ALL YOUR BASE BELONG TO US
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest - Heaven forbid we teach children about the dangers of suicide or how to recognize the signs.
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis - Great book - the movie did it no justice - prepare to spend a lot of time trying to get through this though because the writer has a different style of writing.
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by
Lynda Madaras - Absolutely nothing - you are changing because you have sinned against god and as punishment he is making you grow up.
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume - God does not like Judy Blume - Again - children should never, ever be taught about puberty.
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly - Mama?
64. Athletic Sho rts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut - HOW CAN YOU HATE THIS BOOK?! COME ON NOW!
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - This book is wonderful - it teaches survival skills and how to operate in a tribal setting
71. Native Son by Richard Wright - Another terrific book
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King - I can see why this is on here - it shows what happens to fundamentalists when they are abusive. ::sigh::
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole - And the poolboy
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King - ::sigh::
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain - Terrific book - it teaches valuable life skills
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern - well
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford - ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? THE BOOK IS NOT ENTITLED "WHERE'S WALDO IN DANTE'S INFERNO"
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman - It's a Little Golden Book - self explanatory
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis - Man does not have sex - we use osmosis.
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy - Girls don't have sex - they go to the nunnery
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell - Teaches the dangers of gambling
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Ok now let's consider this: and this is just going off the books I own. Going by the logic of some of these titles - Why isn't Michael Crichton listed - dangers of genetic engineering; E.L. Doctorow, Any of the Dark Tower series that was published in this timeperiod - JAMES PATTERSON, and since we are in the 90s - Memnoch the Devil which has Lestat biting Jesus, A Cry to Heaven, The Satanic Verses by Rushdie
If anyone can find a complete listing of all such books I would love to see it! Basically what I have learned from this list is that if it teaches children anything, presents a subversive lifestyle, or deals with violence in anyway or sex - its crap - especially if its a best seller. I guarantee in 10 years we will see The DaVinci Code, Eragon, The Devil's Apocrypha, and shitload of others. Sorry folks but this really pisses me off. If you aren't mad - maybe you should reread the The Constitution and Declaration of Independence and focus in on the Bill of Rights. If you aren't mad - you aren't paying attention.
1Out of 6,364 challenges reported to or recorded by the Office for Intellectual Freedom, as compiled by
the Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association. The ALA Office for Intellectual
Freedom does not claim comprehensiveness in recording challenges. Research suggests that for each
challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.