most challenged books

September 28, 2005 at 7:08 am 1 comment

Meme from Majikthise I’m actually scoring worse than she did. Anyway, the point of the exercise is to list the books you’ve read from the 100 most challenged books in U.S. libraries. These are books people are trying to ban. Most are New York times bestsellers or kid’s classics, I think Ronald Dahl and Steven King might top out the list. i.e. no obscuro lesbian odes to satanism or avant-garde work-outs of possible moral rigitude, but that might be the problem. I mean trying to ban Harry Potter or Stephen King is silly, their just that: entertainment. The real story here is what is the most banned book in u.s. libraries?

Most Challenged Authors:
1. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author of the Alice series
2. Robert Cormier, author of The Chocolate War and We All Fall Down
3. Judy Blume, author of Blubber, Forever, and Deenie
4. Toni Morrison, author of The Bluest Eye, Beloved and Song of Solomon
5. Chris Lynch, author of Extreme Elvin and Iceman
6. Barbara Park, author of the Junie P. Jones series
7. Gary Paulsen, author of Nightjohn and The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer
8. Dav Pilkey, author of The Captain Underpants series
9. Maurice Sendak, author of In the Night Kitchen
10. Sonya Sones, author of What My Mother Doesn’t Know

Best reason a book was challenged:

# 842 to material with an “occult theme or promoting the occult or Satanism,?; (up 69 since 1999)
# 737 to material considered to be “violent?; (up 107 since 1999)
# 515 to material with a homosexual theme or “promoting homosexuality,? (up 18 since 1999)and
# 419 to material “promoting a religious viewpoint.? (up 22 since 1999)

Anyway, what I have read from the 2004 list:

Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
and I think I might have read:
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Honestly, I have almost no memory of these books beyond reading
them for school or scheming through them at the library.

peace,
a

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