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Nov 2007 - Mar/Apr 2009 Book Challenge!

Every year, the American Library Association publishes the most "controversial" books of the year. These are books that have been challenged by parents, libraries, schools, principals, and people who seem to think they know what is and is not appropriate reading material (like how gay penguins will turn our children gay). The lists highlight the paranoia and blatant stupidity of people who have too much time on their hands.

The ALA also has a list of 100 most challenged books, and a list of challenged books from Radcliffe Publishing's list of 100 greatest books of the 20th century.

This is my challenge - to read books from the ALA "most challenged" list and the Radcliffe list. Books I've already read have been removed. I am also including 2006's list and may/may  not include 2007/2008s. We'll see. 

I am giving myself until Mar/April of 2009 to complete this challenge.

ALA Info on Challenged Books

I'm giving myself a year and a half to complete this project, since it is well over 100 books. 

I'll try to review every book, including why it is on the challenged list and a few quotes.

And I'll even put in good effort to finish all the books, heh. Not every book is listed, because I've read some of them already. You can see the complete list
here


Finished Books:
 
1) Lord of the Flies
- William Golding (11/4/07)
2)The Color Purple - Alice Walker (11/6/07)
3)The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty - Anne Rice (11/11/07)
4)Beauty's Punishment - Anne Rice (11/15/07)
5)Beauty's Release - Anne Rice (11/20/07)
6)Annie on My Mind - Nancy Garden (11/20/07)
7)The Agony of Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (12/20/07)
8)Alice in Rapture, Sort of - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1/24/08)
9)Gossip Girls - Cecily Von Ziegesar  (1/30/08)
10) You know you love me - Cecily Von Ziegesar (2/7/08)
11) All I want is Everything - Cecily Von Ziegesar (2/10/08)
12) Reluctantly Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2/15/08)
13) All but Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2/24/08)
14) Alice in April - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (3/23/08)
15) Alice in between - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (3/23/08)
16) Go Ask Alice - Anonymous (4/15/08)
17) Alice the Brave - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/21/08)
18) Catch-22 - Joseph Heller (4/23/08) - I actually finished this much earlier but forgot to put it in.

Incomplete
1) Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (too fricking weird)



 
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  (20 books)
  •  
  • Alice in Lace - Beginning of 8th Grade (Alice and Patrick pretend to be married as part of a school project.)
  • Outrageously Alice - Fall of 8th Grade (Alice is tired of the monotony of life.)
  • Achingly Alice - Winter of 8th Grade
  • Alice on the Outside - Spring of 8th Grade (Alice explores the idea of prejudice.)
  • The Grooming of Alice - Summer before 9th Grade
  • Alice Alone - First semester of 9th Grade (Alice struggles with the idea of being single.)
  • Simply Alice - Second semester of 9th Grade
  • Patiently Alice - Summer before 10th Grade (Alice, Pamela, Elizabeth, and Gwen volunteer to be counselors together and a camp for troubled kids.)
  • Including Alice - First semester of 10th Grade (Alice contemplates the value of social customs.)
  • Alice on Her Way - Second semester of 10th Grade (Alice struggles to get a driver's license.)
  • Alice in the Know - Summer before 11th Grade (Alice gets a part-time job at the mall.)
  • Dangerously Alice - First semester of 11th Grade
  • Almost Alice - Presumably second semester of 11th Grade (Announced by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor in fan mail.)
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher 
Blubber by Judy Blume
Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
Carrie by Stephen King
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite PreSchool-Grade 2-- A first title in a new line of books for children with homosexual parents , told in a straightforward manner. A young boy describes his father's relationship with his roommate, Frank (they "live together, work together, eat together, sleep together . . ."), and his own relationship with these men--shopping, gardening, and enjoying the zoo, beach, movies, etc. He believes that "being gay is just one more kind of love
Deenie by Judy Blume
Fade by Robert Cormier
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Family Secrets by Norma Klein
Final Exit by Derek Humphry
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Forever by Judy Blume
Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
Gone with the Wind -  Margaret Mitchell
Gossip Girlsseries by Cecily Von Ziegesar (currently 12 books)
Guess What? by Mem Fox
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou : In this first of five volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
It's Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
Jack by A.M. Homes
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George Miyax, like many adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away from her husband's parents' home, hoping to reach San Francisco and her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than ever, she must look hard at who she really is.
Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
Native Son by Richard Wright
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Private Parts by Howard Stern
Rabbit Run, John Updike
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
Satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
Sex by Madonna
Sex Education by Jenny Davis
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier : Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is a hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat--a target for their pent-up hatred. And Jerry? He's just trying to stand up for what he believes, but perhaps there is no way for him to escape becoming a pawn in this game of control; students are pitted against other students, fighting for honor--or are they fighting for their lives?
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler 
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Goats by Brock Cole : Cole portrays this when fellow campers leave wimpy Howie Mitchell and ``real dog'' Laura Golden naked and scared on an island. When counselors arrive looking for them, Howie misunderstands and fears the return of their tormenters. He forces non-swimmer Laura to hang onto a log and float to the mainland. Reaching the safety of a deserted cabin, and realizing that they can't face returning to camp, they plot their survival until Parent's Weekend, when Laura's mother will visit, offering hope of sanctuary. Cole manages to instill just the right amount of suspense in their adventures through a potentially dangerous street kid, a cleaning woman who wants to turn them in to the police, and a sheriff who eventually snags them. Neither Howie nor Laura are initially likable kids, each either worrying or whining too much, but as they grow so does one's regard for them. The final distillation is a strong, well-blended story of modern day survival
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Stupids Die, Harry Allard
The Stupids Have a Ball,
The Stupids Step Out,
The Stupids Take Off,
The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
The Witches by Roald Dahl
Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
Ulysses - James Joyce
View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
What's Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
Women in Love, DH Lawrence
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Fantasies by Nancy Friday


RADCLIFFE PUBLISHING TOP 100 NOVELS OF 20TH CENTURY MOST CHALLENGED (NOT ON MAIN LIST - INCLUDED IN LIST ABOVE)

A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner
Catch-22  by Joseph Heller
Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Go Tell it on the Mountain, James Baldwin
Gone with the Wind -  Margaret Mitchell
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Lady Chatterley's Lover, DH Lawrence
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
Rabbit Run, John Updike
Satanic verses, Salman Rushdie
Sons and Lovers, DH Lawrence
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Naked and the Dead, Norman Mailer
Their Eyes were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller
Ulysses - James Joyce
Women in Love, DH Lawrence

 
http://www.radix.net/~bobg/books/banned.1.html

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
wirenth
Nov. 5th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
i think this is such a cool idea. i need to read more banned books.
wedahr
Nov. 5th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Oh boy. D.H. Lawrence is on that list... His books shouldn't just be challenged, they should be cut in half, torn apart, put through a shredder, burned, and then shot into space or dumped in the deepest ocean.
rinalia
Nov. 5th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Great! I'm so looking forward to reading them. ;)
wedahr
Nov. 7th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh fine, your funeral.
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