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Challenged Books I Have Read


Because they haven't all been banned - the list is of books that somewhere, sometime, someone *asked* that they be banned. Not a list of books that were successfully removed, though some of them have been. I'm all about intellectual freedom, but I wanted to make sure we have our terms straight. (Though the ALA doesn't seem to, since the url is "top100bannedbooks" and you have to click on "challenges and censorship" to find out the diffrence) If anything, the difference is a *good* one -- books that have been challenged but *not* banned show that there are people and communities who don't put up with this crap.

From the 100 most frequently challenged books of 1990 - 2000.
Do I get a cookie if I've read more than 50?


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (well, parts of it)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
Blubber by Judy Blume
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Deenie by Judy Blume
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Cujo by Stephen King
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Carrie by Stephen King
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Hmm. 35. No cookie for me.


giogio

2002-09-15 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

*g* I think you deserve a cookie anyway. Did they explain why "Flowers for Alegernon" was challenged? That's one of my favorite books.

*adds "The New Joy of Gay Sex" to her ever-expanding list of things to read*

obsessedmuch

2002-09-15 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

24 for me. Damn, I'm so far behind in my "bad for you" reading!

mpoetess

2002-09-15 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Now see, *so* not fair. How do you manage to make even the South-Park!you look sexy?

Mmmph!

Re:

obsessedmuch

2002-09-15 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

careful application of eyeliner and a few lashes does wonders. :)

mpoetess

2002-09-15 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

zHmm. It's been a while, but isn't there sexual content, as Charlie gets more in touch with the world? And something of a teacher-student relationship whose bonundaries blur after he can no longer be considered her student? That could be what ticked some people off. (Me, I'll never read it again simply because it's so *sad* :) )

giogio

2002-09-15 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, that could be it I guess. I was thinking it could have been because of the entire "do we have the right to try and manipulate what something-or-other created" issue. In light of the raging debate concerning stem cell research and the like, I thought that maybe the genetic modifications theme was something that people would get more than a little upset about. But then, maybe I'm crediting those that would ban books with a little bit too much intelligence... sorry, former journalist. Censorship sort of riles me no matter how benign.

It is a sad book. I cried a lot reading it. Still do every time I reread it.

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mpoetess

2002-09-15 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

DUnno, re James -- one of the problems with sussing o ut this list is that it's a list of the most frequently challenged books -- so there's not going to be a singe reason listable for why they were challenged, probably -- it's a statistical list.

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giogio

2002-09-15 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Dug a little deeper and found this handy-dandy link which does explain some of the reasons why some of those books where challenged. The explanation for James is:

James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl. ABC-Clio; Knopf. Challenged at the Deep Creek Elementary School in Charlotte Harbor, Fla. (1991) because it is "not appropriate reading material for young children." Challenged at the Pederson Elementary School in Altoona, Wis. (1991) and at the Morton Elementary School library in Brooksville, Fla. (1992) because the book contains the word "ass" and "promotes" the use of drugs (tobacco, snuff) and whiskey. Removed from classrooms in Stafford County, Va. Schools (1995) and placed in restricted access in the library because the story contains crude language and encourages children to disobey their parents and other adults.

GioGio is going off to beat her head against the wall for a while, faintly embarrassed that for some reason she decided to hang on to her American citizenship. Disobey their parents Pffffttttttt! yeah right, what's next?

byrne

2002-09-15 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

27 for me. I guess I have some reading to do. :P

Where's Waldo? Why? (She asks, like MP would actually be in the know about why all these particular books were challanged. Silly me. :p )

mpoetess

2002-09-15 01:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Duh - because Waldo's gay. Could anyone dress like that and not be gay?


No, actually, I think there's nekkid folk in some of the Where's Waldo scenes. Tiny nekkid hipshots in the crowd, somewhere. But I;m going from memory.

giogio

2002-09-15 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're right! according to the handy-dandy link, there a tiny picture of a topless lady at the beach somewhere in there ;-)

journalkitten

2002-09-15 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm, only 21 from this list. I do know that they wanted to ban Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig when I was younger. Literary awards notwithstanding.


:P

mpoetess

2002-09-15 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hrrm. Was sylvester a donkey/burro? If so, I;ve read that one as well.

Honestly, sometimes the reasoning people have for these things... It's almost not worth guessing, because we'll all be thinking too logically.

journalkitten

2002-09-15 02:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yup. The donkey that wished himself into a rock. The reasons I remember reading for the suggested ban included "Magic" gasp and technically running away from home and making his parents worry so much...

I just have no idea what to think about these people...

karenbear

2002-09-15 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm going to make the very embarrassing revelation that my total is... five! I feel very ashamed since everyone else seems to be in the high teens at the very least.

I must be a very non-controvertial reader. Well, that and there seems to be a slight lack of science fiction books on the list. That seems to be all I read these days (and I say 'these days' like there were any other kind of days).


witchwillow

2002-09-15 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Judy Blume - Judy Blume - Judy Blume

karenbear

2002-09-15 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you're a fan? ;P

Dunno what makes me say that, but it was just a slight hint that I was getting there.

is Reading Rainbow a degenerate influence ?

witchwillow

2002-09-15 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Most of the books I read as a child were inspired to me by Reading Rainbow, or any number of the PBS reading shows. There was one where this man drew illustrations for some of the stories.

I think that shaped my concept for words as a differnt sort of paint brush.

Please note header is a complete joke and I'll smack people who say yes

sirgabrielquin

2002-09-15 03:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

ya still earn a cookie.
I counted 22 for myself. I'm sure my mate has read more than half those.
I have some serious reading to do!
thanks

kattahj

2002-09-15 11:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

23. Oh well.

The link with explanations had some lovely other books banned - I adore the fact that "Alice in Wonderland" was banned in China because animals shouldn't use human language.

Heeheehee

Anonymous

2002-10-23 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just thought I'd say that I've read most of those books too. Will you marry me:P

Re: Heeheehee

mpoetess

2002-10-23 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm. Possibly.