What are the best books banned by the Arizona Board of Education?

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    #1The Kaleidoscope

    The Kaleidoscope
    The Kaleidoscope: The Gift of Madness is an existentialist novel for young adults written by Adrian Mendoza. It was originally released in December 2014. It is about a world where humans are threatened by the rise of androids.
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    Linda Hopkins
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Intriguing story. Not sure why anyone would feel the need to ban this book? Well reviewed with 5 stars. "
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    #2Nobody's Son

    Nobody's Son
    Nobody's Son: Notes from an American Life is the third book in Luis Alberto Urrea's dramatic series for young adults, the Border Trilogy. It was released in 2002. It is about the hard lives of people in the border.
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    Joyce Hernandez
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Story of the life of someone illegally entering the USA. Does not focus on trying to improve one's own neighborhood but fleeing it and then bemoaning life in the new place. Escapist at best. "
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    #3Two Badges

    Two Badges

    Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz is an autobiography written by Mona Ruiz and co-author Geoff Boucher. It was originally released in October 1997. It is about how the Hispanic lady fought social standards to protect her community.

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    #4Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology

    Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology
    Puro Teatro: A Latina Anthology is a compilation of iconic literary works written by Latinas. It was compiled and edited by Alberto Sandoval-Sanchez and Nancy Saporta Sternbach. It has 6 full-length plays, 3 1-act plays, and 6 testimonials.
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    Paul Harrison
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Really interested book containing 6 full plays, 3 1-act plays, and 6 testimonials. Really not sure why it is banned by Arizona board of education. I personally do not feel schools should ban any book because anyone can read them anyway. Children should be able to expose themselves to things that get them to question, rather then just accept. Either way, cool book!"
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    #5The Tempest

    The Tempest

    The Tempest is a play by the iconic medieval poet and playwright William Shakespeare. It is believed to have been written in 1610. It is about the complexities of the human mind and the gray areas in life choices.

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    Emma Newman
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Of course the Arizona Board of Education would ban Shakespeare. They are a backward state and their school system is one of the worst in the country. I can say this as I live here. Only idiots ban Shakespeare. I cannot fathom this. The Tempest is a grand story and of course its one of the best books the Board of Education in their stupidity banned."
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    #6Los Tucsonenses

    Los Tucsonenses
    Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854–1941 is a history book written by Thomas E. Sheridan. It was originally released in 1992. It is about how Mexicans made Tucson one of the biggest cities in Texas.
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    Paul Daniels
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The book itself is a interesting one. It goes really into the Mexican community in Tucson during mid 1850 throughout 1941. It's a really interesting one about how Mexicans made Tucson one of the biggest cities in Texes."
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    #7A Different Mirror

    A Different Mirror

    A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America is a book by renowned novelist Ronald Takaki. It was released in 1993. It is a retelling of the history of the many cultures in America.

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    Jerry Kelley
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America is a great book for learning about many different cultures in America. I'm glad Takaki was able to go into some of the discrimination faced by several different groups in America and what that caused. I'm glad the PC version of history was left out for this one."
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    #8By the Lake of Sleeping Children

    By the Lake of Sleeping Children
    By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border is an investigative book written by Luis Urrea. It was originally released in October 1996. It is about the horrors and the joys of people living in the US-Mexico border.
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    Jacob Palmer
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I found it to be a tough read, as there were some deeply depressing parts, but it was worth it. Really striking account of the struggle of poor people on the Mexican border."
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    #9Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

    Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast
    Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a book written by Jane Yolen. It was published in 2001. It has 12 modern myths and tales for young adults, including the Nebula award winner, Lost Girls.
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    Virginia Davis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This is a nice change on stories for older kids. They have a twist to them that makes it fun to read."
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    #10Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History

    Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History

    Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History is an investigative book by F. Arturo Rosales. It was first published in 2007. It contains stories from the Alianza Hispano-Americana, including the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943.

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    Lucy Mao
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This Dictionary is controversial in the USA. It is written by a civil rights organization and manipulated history to suit the group. Biased and subject to PC culture. "
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    #11No Turning Back (The Liliana Series)

    No Turning Back (The Liliana Series)

    No Turning Back is a romance book written by Neva Squires-Rodriguez. No Turning Back was published on May 8, 2015 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. This is the third book in the Liliana Series.

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    Chan Jiang
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Arizona Board of Education is crap and they ban a lot of the best books for stupid reasons. After hearing about this book and not being able to find it, I looked elsewhere. I finally got a copy of it and started reading. Man, it is such a great book. It's a romance so if you don't like that, then you might want to pass but it's a great book. "
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    #12Bless Me, Ultima

    Bless Me, Ultima
    Bless Me, Ultima is a young adult classic historical fiction written by Rudolfo Anaya. This magical realism novel is first published in 1972. 

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    Ao Tan
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Is it banned because of the religious aspects? This book doesnt seem that great and something I would avoid."
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    #13The House on Mango Street

    The House on Mango Street

    The House on Mango Street is a fictional young adult book written by Sandra Cisneros. This fictional young adult book was published on April 3, 2009 by Vintage.

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    #14A People’s History of the United States

    A People’s History of the United States

    A People's History of the United States is 1980 bestseller by American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. The book reviews and analyzes important facts and events in the history of America.

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    George Arnold
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I like Howard Zinn, he is a brilliant man and I think I would enjoy reading this historic non fiction book. I love history books!"

Summary

Best What are the best books banned by the Arizona Board of Education
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The KaleidoscopeBooks 33 Paid
2Nobody's SonBooks 30 Paid
3Two BadgesBooks 29 Paid
4Puro Teatro: A Latina AnthologyBooks 27 Paid
5The TempestBooks 26 Paid
6Los TucsonensesBooks 23 Paid
7A Different MirrorBooks 22 Paid
8By the Lake of Sleeping ChildrenBooks 20 Paid
9Twelve Impossible Things Before BreakfastBooks 19 Paid
10Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights HistoryBooks 17 Paid
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