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American Library Association:
Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2005


2006 BBW; Read Banned Books: They're Your Ticket to Freedom
  1. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion, and unsuited to age group.
  2. Forever by Judy Blume, sexual content and offensive language.
  3. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group.
  4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  5. Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, racism and offensive language.
  6. Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds, sexual content.
  7. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones, sexual content and unsuited to age group.
  8. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, anti-family content, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  9. Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly, offensive language.
  10. It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families by Robie H. Harris, sex education and sexual content.

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2004

  1. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, sexual content, offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  2. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, racism, offensive language, and violence.
  3. Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael A. Bellesiles, inaccuracy and political viewpoint.
  4. Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey, offensive language and modeling bad behavior.
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, homosexuality, sexual content, and offensive language.
  6. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones, offensive language and sexual content.
  7. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, nudity and offensive language.
  8. King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, homosexuality.
  9. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence, and unsuited to age group.
  10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, offensive language.

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2003

  1. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, sexual content, using offensive language, and unsuited to age group.
  2. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, focus on wizardry and magic.
  3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, offensive language.
  4. Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture by Michael A. Bellesiles, inaccuracy.
  5. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  6. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, explicit sexuality, offensive language, and drug use.
  7. It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris, homosexuality, nudity, sexual content, and sex education.
  8. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier, offensive language and sexual content.
  9. King and King by Linda de Haan, homosexuality.
  10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, offensive language and Occult/Satanism.

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2002

  1. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, focus on wizardry and magic.
  2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, explicit sexuality, offensive language, and unsuited to age group.
  3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence, and unsuited to age group.
  5. Taming the Star Runner by S.E. Hinton, offensive language.
  6. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey, insensitivity, unsuited to age group, and encouraging children to disobey authority.
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, racism, insensitivity, and offensive language.
  8. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, offensive language, sexual content, and Occult/Satanism.
  9. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Dean Taylor, insensitivity, racism, and offensive language.
  10. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, sexual content, offensive language, violence, and unsuited to age group.

Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2001

  1. Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling, focus on wizardry and magic.
  2. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, sexual content, racism, offensive language, violence and unsuited to age group.
  5. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene, racism, offensive language, and explicit sexuality.
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  7. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, explicit sexuality, offensive language, and unsuited to age group.
  8. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous, explicit sexuality, offensive language, and drug use.
  9. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, offensive language and unsuited to age group.
  10. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, explicit sexuality and unsuited to age group.
Information gleaned from the American Library Association website: Banned Books Week section.

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