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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial


Lists of Bests - The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books

Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine 

A Day No Pigs Would Die 
    by Robert Newton Peck

The Color Purple 
    by Alice Walker

    by Madonna

The Complete Earth's Children Series: The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of the Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) 
    by Jean M. Auel

The Great Gilly Hopkins 
    by Katherine Paterson

A Wrinkle in Time 
    by Madeleine L'Engle

Go Ask Alice 
    by Anonymous

Fallen Angels 
    by Walter Dean Myers

In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) 
    by Maurice Sendak

The Stupids (Series) 
    by Harry Allard

The Witches 
    by Roald Dahl

The New Joy of Gay Sex 
    by Charles Silverstein

Anastasia Krupnik (Series) 

The Goats (A Sunburst book) 
    by Brock Cole
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