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    Default Happy banned books week everybody!

    Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. Observed since 1982, this annual ALA event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted. This year, 2006, marks BBW's 25th anniversary (September 23-30).
    BBW celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them. After all, intellectual freedom can exist only where these two essential conditions are met.

    The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000

    “[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume
    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

    The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2005” reflect a range of themes. The books are:
    • “It's Perfectly Normal” for homosexuality, nudity, sex education, religious viewpoint, abortion and being unsuited to age group;
    • “Forever” by Judy Blume for sexual content and offensive language;
    • “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger for sexual content, offensive language and being unsuited to age group;
    • “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier for sexual content and offensive language;
    • “Whale Talk” by Chris Crutcher for racism and offensive language;
    • “Detour for Emmy” by Marilyn Reynolds for sexual content;
    • “What My Mother Doesn't Know” by Sonya Sones for sexual content and being unsuited to age group;
    • Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey for anti-family content, being unsuited to age group and violence;
    • “Crazy Lady!” by Jane Leslie Conly for offensive language; and
    • “It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families” by Robie H. Harris for sex education and sexual content.

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    So many wonderful books on those lists. Banning books is one step away from banning people, I wish more people would remember and honour that.

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    Some of my favorite books from when I was growing up are on that list. The Giver was so good, I hate that they are opposed to children thinking. The Witches is awesome too, I loved Roald Dahl.

    Wait, Where's Waldo? Seriously? What is offensive about Where's Waldo?

    The LGBT/women's studies office on campus is celebrating banned book week by having drawings for books on the list. I should stop by and enter.

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    Damn that is almost like a reading list of good literature.

    The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein- I am old enough to have the original one!!!

    Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene-how could this be offensive!

    Ordinary People by Judith Guest-please! it was only made into an Oscar winning movie-so let's ban it!*rollseyes*

    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut-so good!

    this makes me want to hit the used bookstores around here!

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    All books of Madge's books should be burned. As for the rest of them, WTF? I read half of them in English class in high school! They were required reading to graduate!

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    Why is Julie of the Wolves banned?! I wouldn't read it again (I broke down into a sobbing heap of mush at the end), but I can't find anything remotely ban-able about it.

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    We had half of these books in our elementary school classrooms for free reading. I love so many of these, I grew up with them! So sad.

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    Of Mice and Men is banned? Are they fucking kidding me? Morons. And I see Go Ask Alice is on there. I say we all go buy one or more banned book and then discuss why they SHOULDN'T be banned.
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    I think my jaw hit the floor when I opened this. I would despise to ever see a book banned, but I've read probably half the books on this list, and like others have mentioned some were elementary school reading for me. Bridge to Terabithia? A Wrinkle in Time? Are You There God it's Me Margaret???

    ETA: I agree with Butt...I'm tempted to print out this list just to have a new list of books to order and read. I'd love to reread a lot of these, and read some that I haven't yet.
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    Why on earth is ANYTHING by Judy Blume on this list???? That's nuts! I'm pretty sure they must have been controversial in the U.S only, as they were essential reading when I was a kid!

    Just finished Catcher In The Rye (again) what a FANTASTIC book. I swear, people are just crazy.

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    I am working on a master's in library and information science, and I work at a public library. It's amazing to me the number of people who come in to complain about books they disagree with or don't think are appropriate. I always tell them that the beauty of the library is that it caters to all different people and their interests. If they don't like something, they shouldn't check it out. This is coming from people who live in Las Vegas btw, not some tiny conservative town.

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    Amazing. A lot of these books I read in elementary and middle school 20 years ago and they were considered classics then. Seems like we've taken a step backwards if they are considered offensive now.

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    Can someone tell me why The catcher in the Rye is so bad?? ANd I read ALL of Judy Blumes books on this list in my middle school library. I think anyone who doesn't read The Color Purple or Huck Finn should be banned. Both of these books were amazing. I donot understand why reading a book any book is bad. I know there are lots of nutcases and people who are influenced to do bad things, but I think anything could push these type of people over the edge. And as far as offensive material Don't read the damn thing. I cannot ever see why a parent would want their childrens schools to limit what they read unless it was pornography or something just hideous, but ban because of a word. I will never get it.
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    I wouldn't even want Hitler's Mein Kampf to be banned. Banning books is stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WickedHo View Post
    I wouldn't even want Hitler's Mein Kampf to be banned. Banning books is stupid.
    Yeah I agree.......... I read parts of Mein Kampf just because I was so curious and yeah he was a crazy mf but heck if anything the parts i read showed he was a hypocrite and absolutely NUTS ...... The only book I kinda wish would go on a very far up bookshelf is The Anarchist Cookbook don't think most people should know how to build a bomb.
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