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Thanks, magid, for the links for banned books week

These are the most frequently reported challenged books of the last decade, the ones I've read in bold.

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. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry

15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel (a couple of them)
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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

28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry (a couple of them)
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
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
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

48. Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
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 (well, pieces of, anyway)
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell

58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly

64. Athletic Shorts 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
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright

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
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
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez

87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
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. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
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

I'm sorry that I haven't read more. Though I can't say that all of the works I've read above were great works of literature, I appreciate that no one ever tried to stop me from reading them. A few of them were lousy books, in my opinion, but I still think challenging them is ridiculous.

And seriously? How to Eat Fried Worms is on that list. What the bleepity bleep????????????

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed

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magid From: magid Date: September 29th, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome :-).

You've read a lot of them, too.

The one that made my radar go WTbleep most was Where's Waldo?, actually. Just silly to ban it.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I remember reading an article about that one years ago. I can't remember why, but I think maybe there's like one or two tiny naked people in the book...or maybe just revealing, I'm not sure. I may be misremembering that.
magid From: magid Date: September 29th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like some kid is going to pay lots of attention to one or two tiny naked people (presumably far from anatomically correct :-) in those wildly busy pictures they have.
allah_sulu From: allah_sulu Date: September 29th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
And seriously? How to Eat Fried Worms is on that list. What the bleepity bleep????????????

Durned vegans!
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magid From: magid Date: September 29th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Using that icon with that comment makes me giggle. I bet they don't have a section in the book about what's happening when you're swallowed by a shark!
From: predigested Date: September 29th, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dead Zone is great. I can see why they object to it, though. More people read that novel, and we'd be calling Cheney "Mr. President".
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: September 29th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

So there are people (quite a few of them by the sound of it) that think that if they don't like a book nobody should be be given the choice to decide for themselves that they be allowed to read it?

Wow. I've read less of that list than you, but for all of them I can only say "wow".

What would those people have us read? Only an expurgated version of KJV?

There are books that I think are books that people would be better off not reading, but I can hardly tell another adult what they can and can't choos eto read.

Frankly, I really don't understand the hangups about the human body (you can't see a tiny naked cartoon person?? Are you supposed to not look down when you have a shower either?). For my kids, strong violence bothers me much more than them possibly seeing a naked body (at least in some kind of context, like someone taking a bath). And if it worries people, nudity on TV is mostly easy to avoid since except for the really tame stuff it generally comes on after kids bedtime (heck, they even ban the bad swear words until late); I don't think you're supposed to say "fuck" on network TV here until after 8:30 for example (and it's not like the kids won't hear that in the playground anyway). There's plenty of stuff on TV I think is appalling (no, I really don't want to watch bogans taking a shower or playing with themselves or any of the other stuff they get up to on Big Brother - mostly because it's just a really dull kind of voyeurism). Guess what - I switch the channel. If someone else wants to put themselves through that, that's between them and their conscience.

Actually, a few of them I read as assigned reading in English in High School. Heck, we even did Wake in Fright. And our high school library was ... er *very* eclectic. They did end up pulling one book that contained some extremely graphically violent sex scenes when I was a student (someone showed me some examples, and I chose not to read the book myself - and I was a pretty adventurous reader; non-violent sex scenes, for example, wouldn't have worried me at all - a lot of the novels we had at home when I was a kid had those), but even in the case of that book they didn't withdraw it lightly. Both Das Capital and Mein Kampf were in the library (Mein Kampf, by the way, is an exceedingly dull book, and provides less insight into what made Hitler who he was than I had hoped - I would recommend avoiding it simply because it's very difficult to read - and unsurprisingly a little disturbing, though probably not in quite the way you'd guess - for little benefit. From the translators notes it's even worse in German. It reads like a bad conspiracy theory book and a really, really bad journal rolled into one.)

malkin From: malkin Date: September 30th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Julie of the Wolves? We had an excerpt from that in our elementary school reading textbook. What the heck was wrong with it?

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 30th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
No idea. I barely remember it. Was it violent?
malkin From: malkin Date: September 30th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, in the excerpt we read, she was studying the body language of the wolves, so she could communicate with them. I don't really know about the rest of the book. But, then, the same year, we also read an excerpt from "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings," so we didn't have a very sheltered reading curriculum. At home, I was even less sheltered, in that regard. I could pretty much read any book I could get my hands on.
hindarochel From: hindarochel Date: September 30th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)
People go nuts in objecting to books. The one that got me was Huckleberry Finn for racism. WHAT? Didn't they READ the book? Didn't they get the message of the book?

I think that sometimes people have too much time on their hands and not enough life to fill it so they go on campaigns for or against anything that will make them feel important. Getting all hot and bothered because of a book is one easy way to do that. Find something you don't like and make a stir.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 30th, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Catch-22 used to be on the list. I'm surprised it's not still there.
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