Banned Books: What’s your reading score?

Here are is the ALA list of the 100 most frequently challenged books from 1990–1999. Which have you read?

    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. Forever, by Judy Blume
    8. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    9. Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
    10. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    11. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    12. My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
    13. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
    14. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    15. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
    16. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
    17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    18. Sex, by Madonna
    19. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
    20. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
    21. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
    22. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
    23. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
    24. The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
    25. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
    26. The Goats, by Brock Cole
    27. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
    28. Anastasia Krupnik (series), by Lois Lowry
    29. Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
    30. Blubber, by Judy Blume
    31. Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
    32. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
    33. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
    34. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    35. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
    36. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
    37. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    38. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
    39. The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
    40. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    41. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
    42. Deenie, by Judy Blume
    43. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
    44. Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
    45. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
    46. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
    47. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
    48. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    49. Cujo, by Stephen King
    50. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    51. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
    52. Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
    53. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
    54. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    55. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
    56. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
    57. Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
    58. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
    59. The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
    60. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
    61. Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
    62. Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
    63. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
    64. Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
    65. Fade, by Robert Cormier
    66. Guess What?, by Mem Fox
    67. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    68. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    69. Native Son, by Richard Wright
    70. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
    71. Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
    72. On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
    73. The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
    74. Jack, by A.M. Homes
    75. Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
    76. Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
    77. Mommy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole
    78. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
    79. Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
    80. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
    81. Carrie, by Stephen King
    82. The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
    83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    84. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
    85. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
    86. Private Parts, by Howard Stern
    87. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
    88. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
    89. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
    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. Jumper, by Steven Gould
    95. Christine, by Stephen King
    96. The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene
    97. That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
    98. Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
    99. The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
    100. Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Source: www.ala.org

(Do you have a list from your country for us?)

What canary are you?

Scoring:
1-10 – Sneaky Canary
11-25 – Subversive Canary
26-50 – Rebel Canary
51-70 – Outlaw Canary
71-89 – Pirate Canary
90-100 – Chuck Norris Canary

Which have you read? Are you surprised by any of these? Do some of these books deserve to be on the list?

Didn’t score so high on this list? Try the 2000-2009 Most Challenged Book list. Maybe you’re a modern rebel!

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13 thoughts on “Banned Books: What’s your reading score?

  1. I am a Subversive Canary! The best kind! Here’s what I have read:

    1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    2. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    3. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    4. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
    5. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
    6. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
    7. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
    8. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
    9. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    10. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    11. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    12. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    13. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
    14. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    15. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    16. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    17. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
    18. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    19. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
    20. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett

  2. Subversive Canary too!

    1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    2. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
    3. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    4. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    6. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
    7. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
    8. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
    9. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    10. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
    11. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    12. Cujo, by Stephen King
    13. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    14. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
    15. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    16. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    17. The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
    18. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
    19. Carrie, by Stephen King
    20. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    21. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
    22. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
    23. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume

  3. I’m surprised to hear that “Of Mice and Men” is a “banned book” because my 14 year old brother, whom attends an all boys Catholic school, just had to read and review that book for his English class! It surprises me that that school, which is extremely strict (I mean, come on! It’s an ALL BOYS CATHOLIC school), would allow the kids to read a banned book?!

    That’s great from my perspective!

    • That’s one of the more interesting aspects of a book being challenged or banned. A book may be banned from being taught in one school district, but still be in the lessons plans in another. Banning is a local thing–as far as I know, there are no nationally banned books in the US. That would be unconsitutional and infringe on the first amendment rights to free speech.

      With a few exceptions, the US stays away from that can of worms.

      I’m very glad to hear your brother’s reading Of Mice and Men. That’s a right powerful book, short as it is.

  4. 3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
    5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    15. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
    40. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    48. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    54. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

    I’m rather disapointed I haven’t read more of those. I’ll have to add some to my to be read list.
    -Eliabeth

  5. I’m surprised my own list is at 26, but barely since I didn’t actually finish one of the books. So 25. I’m almost a rebel. And here I thought I’d be a rabble rowser. I can’t wait to see how I measure up with 2000-2009 listing.

    1. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
    2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
    3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    4. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    5. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    6. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    7. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
    8. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
    9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    10. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
    11. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
    12. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
    13. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
    14. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
    15. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood –did not finish
    16. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
    17. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    18. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    19. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    20. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
    21. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    22. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
    23. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    24. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    25. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
    26. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene

  6. Haha I’m only a sneaky canary

    1. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
    2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
    3. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    4. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
    5. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
    6. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    7. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    8. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    10. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)

    But give me time! I’ll make sure to add a few! ^^

  7. I am ashamed to say I haven’t read very much! I be a Subversive?

    1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
    2. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel – Read the first one, does that count as the series?
    3. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
    4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
    5. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
    6. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
    7. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
    8. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
    9. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice) – Does parts of the first book count? ;D
    10. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
    11. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
    12. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

    Now I’m curious about Judy Blume, and I regret not reading more Stephen King.

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