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Never let it be said I'm not one to follow a trend. Especially one that involves books.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
 
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
 
Forever by Judy Blume
 
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
I'd just like to add here that this is one of my favorite books. Note the lack of the word "children's" in that statement. Also, huh? What's offensive about it? I mean, I can understand why some people might challenge some of these books, but this one is a mystery.
 
Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
According to the ALA list, the Alice books were cited for "being sexually explicit, using offensive language and being unsuited to age group." Really? I don't remember anything like that, though I haven't read all the books in the series. My guess is that in at least one case, they were challenged accidentally by someone who meant to challenge Go Ask Alice, to which the Naylor books are wholly unrelated.
 
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Irrelevant interjection: I read this in in grade school. Later, in junior high, it was assigned for my social studies class, and when I told the teacher I'd read it, he told me to read Johnny Deformed Tremain instead, which I had not. The reason I had read My Brother Sam is Dead in grade school is that we got extra credit for reading Newberry winners, and MBSID was a Newberry Honor Medal winner. But ironically, I had not read JT, even though it too was a Newberry winner.
 
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 
The Giver by Lois Lowry
 
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
One wonders how Jacob Have I Loved avoided this list.
 
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
 
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
 
The Witches by Roald Dahl
 
Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
Another huh? here. I haven't read all the Anastasia Krupnik novels, but the ones I remember are pretty inoccuous.
 
Blubber by Judy Blume
 
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
 
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
 
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
 
Deenie by Judy Blume
 
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
I've read both the original short story and the later novel-length expansion of it. And I've seen Charley, the movie based on it. That should count for three, right?
 
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
 
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
I'm a little surprised that Then Again, May I Won't didn't make it onto the list. The cynic in me says it's because it's about a boy and all these other Judy Blume books are about girls.
 
Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
This is a collection of short stories. I wonder which one caused the objection?
 
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
I'm not proud I've read this, but at least I didn't read the sequels.
 
Carrie by Stephen King
 
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
 
Cujo by Stephen King
I've fooled with the order here to group the three King novels together. My question here is, why these three in particular?Why not Christine, which features a certain amount of teen sexuality, or Pet Sematary, in which one character gives a hand-job to another?
 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
 
Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
 
Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
I assume I've read this. Back in my day, it was not quite as controversial as it now is.
 
Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
You know another good book by Chris Crutcher? Chinese Handcuffs. He said irrelevantly.
 
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Garden
Tacked onto the end because I forgot that I had read it until I read fox1013's list.
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