The ALA has released their list of 2004 most challenged books of 2004. Here’s the list:

  • The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
  • Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers
  • Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture, Michael A. Bellesiles
  • Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
  • What My Mother Doesn’t Know, Sonya Sones
  • In the Night Kitchen, Maurice Sendak
  • King & King, Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Good grief, I remember The Chocolate War being on the challenged list when I was in junior high, a zillion years ago. I guess the classics have staying power.

(Thanks to arse poetica for pointing this out.)