What are the best young adult novels that are banned or challenged?

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    #1The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games

    The Hunger Games is the first novel of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins which centers on Katniss Everdeen who volunteers as tribute to replace her younger sister in a game televised and ruled by a dictatorial government.

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    Antonio Contreras
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Not much to say if you've ever heard of The Hunger Games, then chances are you've seen it and loved it. If you somehow haven't come across this series before than you will find a lot of enjoyment in reading this. The story is solid, the characters are well developed and its really hard to put the book down."
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    #2The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book by Stephen Chbosky that tells the story of Charlie. The book revolves around Charlie's writings in his diary. His struggle as a unique teen, trying to live his life happily. 

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    Johnny Stewart
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "it is a great book that can teach you to do what is good for your self"
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    #3To 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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    Ralph Walker
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "good"
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    #4Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

    Are You There God? It's Me Margaret

    Are You There God? It's Me Margaret is a book by Judy Blume that tells the story of Margaret. She is an eleven-year-old girl who is facing the typical struggles of growing up. To cope she will talk to God.

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    Karen Webb
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A coming of age story. Probably a decent read for a younger age category."
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    #5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is the first book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It welcomed the readers to Harry's magical world and his discovery of his true self where adventure and danger await him as he entered Hogwarts. 

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    #6Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson)

    Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson)
    Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging is a young adult novel by Louise Rennison. First published in 1999, it is the first book in the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series.
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    Amy Perkins
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I'm not quite so sure about the young adult novel that are being banned. However, I think that it may possibly be challenged because from doing my researching and looking over the book, I found it really funny. I had to sit back and ask myself, "Huh?" Who really comes up with this stuff. Maybe it does fit the category challenged, not quite sure about banned. "
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    #7Looking for Alaska

    Looking for Alaska
    Looking for Alaska is an award-winning young-adult fiction novel by John Green published in 2005. This book follows the story of a boy named Pudge who's obsessed with famous last words and his quirky group of friends. 
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    Lauren Lane
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book may have been banned but it gives a realistic take to the story and gives it a more raw feel than some other books. I would recommend this even though it is a bit vulgar."
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    #8Fahrenheit 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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    #9The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Hannah Howard
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community."
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    #10Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    Cynthia Morrison
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Frankenstein is a great choice for young adult readers who want to read controversial material that has been either banned or challenged. It explores the taboo topic of human resurrection by man, which many found to be unnatural and ungodly and for that I loved reading it and feel like you will too. "
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    #11Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.
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    Frances Soto
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is definitely a controversial read that's been banned or challenged all over the US but a very worthwhile one. It's heartbreaking reading about Charlie's journey to an increasingly higher intellect, which brings many problems of its own. The book hits you hard emotionally and really makes you think. I even cried at times. A great book."
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    #12Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.

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    Ethan Schneider
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Go Ask Alice is supposed to be a diary of a young teenage girl who got addicted to drugs. It's an interesting story, but feels made up and superficial to be honest."
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    #13Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park

    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a romance novel originally published in 2012. This book won the Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013 and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book in 2014.

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    Emily Silva
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a nice book for those who like romance novels. I generally don't read them but I did like this one."
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    #14The 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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    Jennifer Price
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I would recommend The Catcher in the Rye to any young adult going from high school to "the real world." While controversial simply because of curse words - and the intent behind them - this book is a great perspective on a young man's life as he goes out and finds new things and new experiences. The author does a great job letting us see the world through Holden's eyes and know exactly, unabashedly, what the child is thinking. "
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    #15The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.
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    Grace Fu
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This does not address the topic. The solution does not address the topic and give a proper solution/outcome. "
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    #16Valhalla

    Valhalla

    Valhalla is a fictional young-adult novel written by Ari Bach. Valhalla was published on February 13, 2014 by Harmony Ink Press. Valhalla is set in the year 2330, where only smart minds are valued.

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    Doris Price
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you like reading books that are challenged or banned, this is a good example of a modern book that has received some criticism. "
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    #17The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

    The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials

    The Amber Spyglass is a book by Philip Pullman that tells the story of Lyra and Will. They will journey to the gray-lit world and they will do their best to make it out alive for no living arrived there and left.  

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    Abel Salas
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "one of the best books you can read, it's legendary for a reason "

Summary

Best What are the best young adult novels that are banned or challenged
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Hunger GamesBooks 1 Paid
2The Perks of Being a WallflowerBooks 1 Paid
3To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 1 Paid
4Are You There God? It's Me MargaretBooks 1 Paid
5Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneBooks 0 Paid
6Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicholson)Books 0 Paid
7Looking for AlaskaBooks 0 Paid
8Fahrenheit 451Books 0 Paid
9The GiverBooks 0 Paid
10FrankensteinBooks 0 Paid
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