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Here are the most challenged books from the last decade.

Corinne Segal

September 28, 2020, 12:09pm

The results are in, and the list of most challenged books from the last decade is a mix of American classics, LGBTQ-themed books, and stories about female agency and empowerment. In other words, all the books that we should be reading all the time.

Kicking off Banned Books Week, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released the list on Sunday based on the censorship reports it reviewed from 2010-19. Some of the titles here aren’t really a surprise (not the first rodeo for Lolita), while others seem a little more puzzling—what did Adam Mansbach ever do to us? Stories about dystopia (Feed, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Giver) continue to get resistance, almost like they have important points to make about the dystopia where we live now.

Here’s the list:

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

2. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

5. George by Alex Gino

6. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

7. Drama by Raina Telgemeier

8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

9. Internet Girls (series) by Lauren Myracle

10. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

11. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

12. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

13. I Am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel

14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

15. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

16. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

17. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

18. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

19. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

20. Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

21. Alice McKinley (series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

22. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris

23. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

24. Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

25. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

26. A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

27. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

29. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

30. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

31. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

32. It’s a Book by Lane Smith

33. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

34. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

35. What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

36. A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

37. Bad Kitty (series) by Nick Bruel

38. Crank by Ellen Hopkins

39. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

40. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

41. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey

42. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

43. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

44. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

45. Beloved by Toni Morrison

46. Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine

47. In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco

48. Lush by Natasha Friend

49. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

50. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

51. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

52. The Holy Bible

53. This Book is Gay by Juno Dawson

54. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

55. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

56. Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar

57. House of Night (series) by P.C. Cast

58. My Mom’s Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler

59. Neonomicon by Alan Moore

60. The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake

61. The Giver by Lois Lowry

62. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

63. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

64. Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

65. Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia

66. Fade by Lisa McMann

67. The Family Book by Todd Parr

68. Feed by M.T. Anderson

69. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

70. Habibi by Craig Thompson

71. House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

72. Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

73. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

74. Monster by Walter Dean Myers

75. Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

76. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

77. Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag

78. The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

79. 1984 by George Orwell

80. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

81. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

82. Awakening by Kate Chopin

83. Burned by Ellen Hopkins

84. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

85. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

86. Glass by Ellen Hopkins

87. Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman

88. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

89. Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans

90. My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

91. Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

92. Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie

93. Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner

94. So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

95. The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim

96. The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

97. The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman

98. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

99. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen

100. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

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