THE 100 MOST FREQUENTLY CHALLENGED BOOKS IN THE UNITED STATES
1990-2000
The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiled the following list from 6,364 challenges reported to the Office. The ALA Office does not claim comprehensiveness in reporting challenges and notes that for each challenge reported there are as many as four or five which go unreported.

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1 Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2 Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 
5 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7 Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8 Forever by Judy Blume 
9 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 
10 Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
11 Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12 My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13 The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 
14 The Giver by Lois Lowry 
15 It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16 Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine 
17 A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18 The Color Purple by Alice Walker 
19 Sex by Madonna 
20 Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21 The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 
22 A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
23 Go Ask Alice by Anonymous 
24 Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25 In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26 The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard 
27 The Witches by Roald Dahl 
28 The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29 Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry 
30 The Goats by Brock Cole 
31 Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32 Blubber by Judy Blume 
34 Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
35 Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam 
36 We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
37 Final Exit by Derek Humphry 
38 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
39 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
40 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison 
41 What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up 
Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
42 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
43 Beloved by Toni Morrison 
44 The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
45 The Pigman by Paul Zindel 
46 Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
47 Deenie by Judy Blume 
48 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
49 Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden 
50 The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar 
51 Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
52 A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein 
53 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
54 Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
55 Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole 
56 Cujo by Stephen King 
57 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
58 The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
59 Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy 
60 Ordinary People by Judith Guest 
61 American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
62 What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for 
Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
63 Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume 
64 Crazy Lady by Jane Conly 
65 Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
66 Fade by Robert Cormier 
67 Guess What? by Mem Fox
68 The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
69 The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
70 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 
71 Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
72 Native Son by Richard Wright 
73 Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies 
by Nancy Friday
74 Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen 
75 Jack by A.M. Homes 
76 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
77 Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
78 Carrie by Stephen King 
79 Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
80 On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
81 Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge 
82 Family Secrets by Norma Klein 
83 Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
84 The Dead Zone by Stephen King 
85 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
86 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 
87 Always Running by Luis Rodriguez 
88 Private Parts by Howard Stern 
89 Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
90 Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90 Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman 
91 Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 
92 Running Loose by Chris Crutcher 
93 Sex Education by Jenny Davis 
94 The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene 
95 Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy 
96 How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97 View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98 The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder 
99 The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney 
100 Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier 

 
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