Before I read the list I made my own list of what books I expected to find there --I was right about a few, but the majority of books and authors targeted really shocked me...
First we'll start with reasons these books were challenged:
So, you can read the entire list of 100 from 1990-2000 here -or the top ten from 2005 here...I disagree with all banning of books, but I'm listing some of the ones I couldn't believe were on the list:
Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz (it's #1 on the list of 100...I have bought my boys all of them...)
Numbers 3,5-8 (also own all of them):
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
Forever by Judy Blume (almost every book by Judy Blume is on the list!)
#16 & 18 (own them):
Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
#22, 23 & 27(own them):
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
The Witches by Roald Dahl
#42 & 43 (own them):
Beloved by Toni Morrison (almost every book by Toni Morrison is on the list!)
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (are you kidding me?!)
#51 (of course I own it...who doesn't?!):
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
(okay, so you get the point that I'm listing the ones I have):
The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Native Son by Richard Wright
Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford (Hello?)
I can't even continue, It's way too depressing...
I know this mentality. The middle school I attended SUSPENDED me for reading "Go Ask Alice" and "Forever" --the next school I went to had them in the school library. I grew up on Judy Blume, VC Andrews and Ann Rice...and look, I have tattoos and my tongue pierced, but I'm still a good conservative girl ;)
The only challenge I would begin to entertain would be the "unsuited to age group", but I'd be interested to know which books they were and what age group they're meant for...
I would be remiss in failing to point out this isn't a political thing --from all the reading I've done about this, it's plain to see the kooks definitely reside on BOTH sides of the aisle.