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Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books by Year

The American Library Association lists the top ten most frequently challenged books for each year going back to 2001 on this webpage.

In 2015, the books included:

1    Looking for Alaska, by John Green
2 Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
3 I am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
4 Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin
5 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
6 The Holy Bible
7 Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
8 Habibi, by Craig Thompson
9 Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter
10 Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan

    Banned Classics

    "Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms." The following titles are among the most frequently challenged:

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    The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Call Number: PS 3511.I9 T5
    Publication Date: 1953

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    The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
    Call Number: PS 3537 .A426 C2 1951
    Publication Date: 1951

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    The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Call Number: PS 3537 .T3234 G8 1939
    Publication Date: 1939

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    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Call Number: PS 3562 .E353 T6 1982
    Publication Date: 1960

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    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    Call Number: PS 3573 .A425 C6 1985
    Publication Date: 1985

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    Ulysses - James Joyce
    Call Number: PR 6019 .O9 U4 1934
    Publication Date: 1934

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    Beloved - Toni Morrison
    Call Number: PS 3563 .O8749 B4 1987
    Publication Date: 1987

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    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Call Number: PR 6013 .O44 L6:1954b
    Publication Date: 1954

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    Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwel
    Call Number: PR 6029 .R8 N49 1992
    Publication Date: 1950

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    Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    Call Number: PS 3527 .A15 L6
    Publication Date: 1955


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