Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tuesday Thingers: Banned Books Week: The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000

 For this week's Tuesday Thingers, I've copied the list of the most-challenged books of the 1990s straight from the ALA website. I've highlighted the ones I've read. Highlight what you've read, and italicize what you have in your LT library.
  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
  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
  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
  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
Interesting, no? This list always reminds me of those classics that somehow I never got around to, and then I want to run right out and read them all right away. And then I look at my reading chair and the big pile next to it. Sigh! Celebrate your freedom to read by buying or borrowing one of these books.


The Budgeting Diva said...

My contribution for this week is here. I love this weeks topic. This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Great choice for a question!

marineko said...

here is my answer :)

jlshall said...

This should be interesting. I was surprised at how few I've actually read. My answer's here.

R. said...

Hi, long time lurker, and now also blogger. Hope you don't mind me adding a link to my answers here

Lenore Appelhans said...

I was just about to do a variation of this anyway, so great timing! For my answer and more great kitty pics (really funny this week) click here.

Alea said...

Here is mine!

Lenore- I did do the variation of this as well LOL!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

Hello Everyone! I'm back


Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...


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Kathy W said...

I have mine listed.

I haven't read very many of them. Most of the ones I have read, like Judy Blume's books, were read when I was a teenager.

Anonymous said...

Mine's here. This list really took me back to some of my favorite books from elementary school. Julie of the Wolves! Makes me want to re-read that even.

Lisa said...

My post is here. And I agree - there are always books on the list that I know I should have read and I'm sad that I haven't.

Anonymous said...

I'm up at The Book Lady's Blog. I'm so glad this week's topic fits in my with my weeklong celebration of fREADom!

Michele said...

This was an interesting one. I was surprised by some of the books on the list. My post is here.

Laura said...

Like others, I'm surprised how few I've read. My post is here.

Meghan said...

My post is up here.

- medieval bookworm

Icedream said...

I've read a lot on this list. My link is here.

Jen (Devourer of Books) said...

Whoops, totally forgot to let you all know my post is up.

Melissa said...

Great topic! Mine is up here

Traci said...

My list is up.

Tim said...

Here's mine with an added indication of the books I believe my kids have read.

Alyce said...

My post is here.

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

Here is mine my post.

Happy Banned Books Week!

Anonymous said...

Here's mine!

Ruth King said...

My post is up!

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Mari said...

My very first post for Tuesday Thingers is up.

You can find it here.

G said...

My second time doing this is here

Wonderful choice of a prompt!

Anonymous said...

I'm incredibly tardy, but my answer is here. I just couldn't pass up the topic!

Literary Feline said...

Mine is up.

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

My post is up here.

I researched a few of the kids' books I saw on the list, to see why they were challenged. weird, weirder, weirdest!

Cathy said...

I spent all day yesterday with my other passion, photography, so mine is late.

Florinda said...

Tuesday Thingers on Friday :-). I've read a few, but don't own very many.

Library Cat said...

Better late than never! Thanks for keeping me on my toes with new books to read.