"Holes" by Louis SacharScholastic"The View From Saturday" by E.L. KonigsburgAladdin Paperbacks"The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norman JusterRandom House"Bridge To Terabithia" by Katherine PatersonTrumpet Club
"Bridge To Terabithia"
In 2002, residents of Cromwell, CT, called the book "satanic" and "a danger to our children" and asked that it be banned from middle school libraries. Other censors have pointed to the protagonist Jess' use of "Lord" as an expletive, Leslie's refusal to go to church, and their indulgence in a fantasy world as promotion of secular humanism or the occult.
"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" by Stephen ChboskyPocket Books"Push" by SapphireVintage"The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey EugenidesBloomsbury Publishing"The Secret Life Of Bees" by Sue Monk KiddPenguin Books
"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower"
Reasoning? Take your pick: It was challenged on a Tampa, FL reading list in 2013 because “it deals with sexual situations and drug use"; in New York, in 2011, for "deal[ing] graphically with teenage sex, homosexuality, and bestiality"; or, in Roanoke, VA, its "explicit descriptions... of suicide and masturbation."
"Gossip Girl" by Cecily von ZiegesarLittle, Brown and Company"ttyl" (Internet Girls series) by Lauren MyracleHarry N. Abrams"The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants" by Ann BrasharesDelacorte"Twilight" by Stephenie MeyerLittle, Brown and Company
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants"
The series about four friends and their shared pair of pants is squeaky clean enough to have pleased censors, readers, and readers' parents, unlike "Twilight", "Gossip Girl", and "ttyl" (among which there wasn't only sex, but also "offensive language," "violence," and "religious viewpoints.")
The image, from the 1987 debut, of a topless sunbather being startled with some water was enough to get the book (and subsequent volumes) banned from school libraries across the country. The biggest problem? If you look closely at the side boob — which measures 1/16" in the actual book, so get real close — it apparently looks like a small black dot is an erect nipple.
"Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. DubnerWilliam Morrow"Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara EhrenreichOwl Books"Blink" by Malcolm GladwellBack Bay Books"The Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael PollanThe Penguin Press
"Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America"
Barbara Ehrenreich's look at low-wage America was unsuccessfully challenged after it was placed on an AP English reading list in Easton, PA for being “faddish,” of “no moral value,” and “obscene.”
"Captain Underpants" (series) by Dav PilkeyScholasticLittle, Brown"The Hunger Games" (series) by Suzanne CollinsScholastic"Fifty Shades Of Grey" (series) by E.L. JamesVintage
With its offensive language (the villain is called "Mean Old Mr. Krupp," plus there are multiple references to underwear), partial nudity (again, the underpants), violence (against robots), and anti-authoritarian misbehavior (that one's right on the money), it's no wonder parents have been in an uproar over this graphic series for the past two years.
"The Golden Compass" by Philip PullmanKnopf"Scary Stories" (series) by Alvin SchwartzScholastic"Harry Potter" (series) by J.K. RowlingScholastic"In The Night Kitchen" by Maurice SendakRed Fox
"In The Night Kitchen"
Nope, it wasn't a "religious viewpoint" that made this children's classic one of the ten most-challenged books in 2004 — it was claims of its nudity, offensive language, and sex.
"My Mom's Having a Baby!: A Kid's Month-By-Month Guide to Pregnancy" by Dori Hillestad ButlerAlbert Whitman"It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health" by Robie H. HarrisCandlewick"It's So Amazing! A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families" by Robie H. HarrisCandlewick
All of the above
Duh. It's sex education! (And, depending on the book, it's homosexuality, nudity, abortion, or discussion of sexual content.) What's it doing in a place of education, like, you know, school?
"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne CollinsScholastic"Divergent" by Veronica RothKatherine Tegen"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott CardTors Science Fiction"The Maze Runner" by James DashnerDelacorte
"The Hunger Games"
The trilogy was especially problematic in 2011, with challenges claiming it wasn't just anti-ethnic and anti-family, but also that promoted insensitivity, offensive language, the occult, and violence. In 2010, one parent in Goffstown, NH even stated that it could "numb other students to the effects of violence."
Toni MorrisonMDCarchives / Creative CommonsKurt VonnegutFlickr: david_terrar / Creative CommonsErnest HemingwayLloyd ArnoldJohn Steinbeck
Hemingway's authored three frequently-challenged classics ("The Sun Also Rises", "A Farewell To Arms", and "For Whom The Bell Tolls") but Steinbeck, Morrison, and Vonnegut aren't far behind with two books each.