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Banned Book Review: Top 100 Banned Books of 2000-2009

October 4, 2012

I figured since the Banned Book Review is getting a spike in hits this week, I might as well do an updated list.  Also, this will help me with reading the new ones.  😀

Noteworthy: Goosebumps fell the farthest with a whopping 78 places.  Probably just a sign that these books are a bit dated.  And Bless Me Ultima moved up 43 places.  Over half of the books are new additions, though not all of them are necessarily new books.  I was most surprised to see Fahrenheit 451 was new to this list, mostly because I was sure it had been on the previous one.  Apparently not.  I’ve already read at least 4 of the new additions, so hey!  I’m already halfway through the list!  Finally, I think it is quite possible I’m going to be spending a lot of time hanging out in the children’s section of my local book store.  All of the books I can’t find at the library are the kids books.  Dear local book store:  I am not a perv, I promise.

And just for the record: A Letter To Students Regarding The Banned Book Reviews

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
– Up from 7th place.  Good for J.K.

2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
– Up from in 10th

3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
– Up from 4th

4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
– New addition

5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
– Up from in 6th

6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
– Down from 3rd

7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
– Down from 1st.  Beat out by a wizard.

8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
– New addition (huh)

9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
– New addition

10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
– New addition

11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
–  Up from 24th

12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
– Up from 15th

13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
– New addition

14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
– Huck Finn down from 5th, Tom Sawyer dropped off the list.  Interesting.

15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
– Up from 39th

16. Forever, by Judy Blume
– Down from 8th

17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
– Up from 18th

18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
– Up from 23rd

19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
– Down from 13th

20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
– New addition

21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
– Up from 41st (for fucks sake)

22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
– New addition

23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
– Down from 14th

24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
– Up from 25th

25. Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
– Up from 33rd

26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
– Up from 42nd

27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
– Down from 12th

28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
– Down from 9th

29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
– Up from 68th

30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
– Up from 35th

31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
– New addition

32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
– Up from 75th

33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
– New addition

34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
– New addition

35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
– New addition

36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
– Up from 52nd

37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
– New addition

38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
– New addition

39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
– Down from 31st

40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
– New addition

41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
– New addition

42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
– New addition

43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
– Down from 32nd

44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
– Up from 64th

45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
– Up from 63rd

46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
– Up from 69th

47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
– New addition

48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
– New addition

49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
– New addition (seriously?)

50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
– New addition

51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
– New addition

52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
– Down from 21st

53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
– New addition

54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
– New addition

55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
– Up from 89th

56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
– New addition

57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
– New addition

58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
– New addition

59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
– New addition

60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
– New addition

61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
– New addition

62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
– Down from 26th

63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
– New addition

64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
– New addition

65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
– New addition

66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
– New addition

67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
– New addition

68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
– Up from 86th

69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
– New addition (oh, the irony!)

70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
– New addition

71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
– New addition

72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
– Up from 85th

73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
– Down from 40th and 61st (formerly listed as two books, now apparently acknowledged as a series)

74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
– New addition

75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
– Down from 29th

76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
– New addition

77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
– New addition

78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
– Down from 28th

79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
– New addition

80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
– Down from 17th

81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
– New addition

82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
– New addition

83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
– New addition

84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
– New addition

85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
– New addition

86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
– New addition

87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
– Down from 78th

88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
– Down from 37th

89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
– New addition

90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
– Down from 22nd

91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
– Down from 38th

92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
– Down from 49th

93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
– Down from 45th

94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
– Down from 16th

95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
– New addition

96. Grendel, by John Gardner
– New addition

97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
– Down from 67th

98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
– New addition

99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
– Down from 62nd

100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank
– New addition


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