What are the best banned or challenged books?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.

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    Ishan Dasgupta
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This a nice book, which might be controversial in some societies. It is a great read."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Diana Parker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "1984 is a classic book that is still relevant today. I'vc read it multiple times."
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    #3Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 

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    Dennis Davidson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I hadn't read George Orwell's Animal Farm since high school and wasn't quite sure what to expect when I decided to read it again. What I found was poignant political satire that is highly relevant to our modern world. I would recommend to you to give this book a second read as it can only improve your appreciation for this classic literary work."
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    #4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Willie Evans
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While reading this book, I felt for Anne. I knew that if she was captured, her and her family would've been put into the gas chambers. The book showed me things that I didn't learn about in school."
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    #5The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.


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    Claire Sun
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Catcher in the Rye was my favorite book in high school, and it still holds up! The main character can be unlikable at times, but that's the point of the book, in my opinion. This is such an easy read, and I think it can be appealing for a wide audience. I let my middle school child read this, and he seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. "
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    #6Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    Zheng Hao
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Fahrenheit 451 is an interesting book about a totalitarian regime and the chaos and power that can come from being a strict ruler. That is, creativity dies and everyone becomes part of the hive. I found it quite interesting, and I really really enjoyed it. I highly recommend you read it not just for entertainment value, but as a history lesson and warning. You can never get enough reminders about the potential troubles and downfall of too much power."
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    #7Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    #8Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.


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    Albert Baker
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A cute book with a wonderful story. One with a lot of awe and wonder within it. Not a tough read but a good one."
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    #9Origin Of Species

    Origin Of Species

    Charles Darwin's masterwork where he explains the theory of the evolution of the species through the natural selection. This is one of the most important scientific books ever published.


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    Randy Cook
    Written on March 18, 2018
    "Very versitile in reading formats available. It is a must have book for people of all ages. It has a lot of great information in it."
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    #10Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    #11The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a classic American novel by Mark Twain. Published in 1884, it tells the story of a naughty boy settled in the Mississippi Valley. Full of humor it's also considered a deep and complex work.

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    Christian Rogers
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are a classic for a reason. It is a beloved title that will stand the test of time."
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    #12A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.

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    Saúl Meléndez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This book was so boring. All the sci-fi tropes you can imagine. So predictable. Don't waste your time."
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    #13Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The story revolves around Harry Potter's sixth year in Hogwarts. Their class learned to apparate and Harry found a book that helped him in his potions class. More adventures and mysteries await him.

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    Roger Meyer
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "My cousin is an avid reader and I'm always looking for the next good book for him. I recently did a search for the best banned or challenged books and stumbled upon "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". I knew he was somewhat familiar with The Harry Potter series but he hadn't read it yet so I decided to get it for him. Wow was he blown away. He loved the story, the characters and everything about the book. He is now hooked on Harry Potter and is trying to get every book in the series. "
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    #14Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
    Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is the fourth book in the Harry potter series. The story revolves around how Harry get past through Lord Voldemort once again. The quidditch cup is also happening and Harry will make sure he will see it. 

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    Howard Peters
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire is an absolute classic title and part 4 of an 8 book series. Considered one of the best series of its time, Harry Potter is a great read for teens and adults to enjoy the adventures of Harry Potter."
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    #15Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The third installment in Harry Potter book series. The story revolves around the adventures of Harry Potter. He also discovered all about Sirius Balck and his parents. 


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    Amy Foster
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book is not banned or challenged that I know of, at this time. I believe the Christians think it speaks too much about things that could be termed witchcraft but it is not banned in the USA."
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    #16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry and his friends is already on their last year at Hogwarts but the adventure still continues. The battle will begin and many lives will be lost. 

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    Arthur Baker
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Didn't know if was banned. So, I guess I don't know if it meets qualifications for this topic or not."
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    #17The Carnal Prayer Mat

    The Carnal Prayer Mat

    The Carnal Prayer Mat is a nonfiction book by Li Yu translated by Patrick Hanan. It contains erotic literature which is recognized and considered as a benchmark of erotic literature in China. It was published in 1996 by the University of Hawaii.


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    Judith Ross
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Originally written over 300 years ago, this story still is enjoyed today. It has been banned in Beijing based on its erotic content. This makes me want to read it more!"


Best What are the best banned or challenged books
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 39 Paid
21984Books 32 Paid
3Animal FarmBooks 31 Paid
4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 29 Paid
5The Catcher in the RyeBooks 28 Paid
6Fahrenheit 451Books 26 Paid
7Brave New WorldBooks 24 Paid
8Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 23 Paid
9Origin Of SpeciesBooks 19 Paid
10Lord of the FliesBooks 16 Paid

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