Via Lauren, who got it from Majikthise. What of the ALA’s 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books have you read?

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney

Only 21. But, then, I didn’t read all that many childrens’ books.

§775 · September 28, 2005 · Tags: , ·

5 Comments to “A banned book meme”

  1. Andy says:

    Some, such as Huck Finn, are obvious tragedies. Others, such as Madonna’s sex book, are in a different category that transcends (below) arguments of censorship; self-serving and stupid.

  2. Ben says:

    Oh, so true. But such is the downside of free speech. I won’t deny that there are books that are downright worthless, but again, I don’t think people challenged Sex because it has no redeeming social value, but rather because “You can see her hoo-hoo!”

  3. Andy says:

    To most who would challenge that book, those reasons are one and the same.

  4. Ben says:

    The fact that Twain appears twice on the list says otherwise.

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