Here are QPL's 100 Most Popular Banned Books!

This year, we're proud to continue the fight against censorship and spotlight banned books.

We're inspired by this list of the 100 most popular banned and challenged books in circulation at Queens Public Library during the past decade.

These stories will open your mind to new perspectives, cultures, surroundings, and beyond. Perfect for inquisitive readers, they don’t shy away from the truth—in fact, they get right to it, with humor, heart, wisdom, and suspense.

Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Celebrate Banned Books Week (September 18-24): click on the links below to learn more about these books and borrow them online and from your local QPL branch, including copies in several international languages!

 

Here are five of QPL's 100 Most Popular Banned Books!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Young Adult)
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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Adult)
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Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Young Adult)
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Feed by M.T. Anderson (Young Adult)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Adult)
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Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (Beatrice Sparks) (Young Adult)
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Young Adult)
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Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (Adult)
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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Adult)
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City of Thieves by David Benioff (Adult)
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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake (Children’s)
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (Young Adult)
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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Adult)
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (Young Adult)
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Adult)
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Adult)
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Young Adult)
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The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (Young Adult)
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The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier (Young Adult)
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Class Act by Jerry Craft (Children’s)
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New Kid by Jerry Craft (Children’s)
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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Children’s)
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Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (Children’s)
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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Children’s)
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White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (Adult)
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Here are five of QPL's 100 Most Popular Banned Books!

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Adult)
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Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (Children’s)
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Adult)
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The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (Adult)
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Melissa (previously published as George) by Alex Gino (Children’s)
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Lord of the Flies by William Golding (Adult)
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Ground Zero by Alan Gratz (Children’s)
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Young Adult)
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Looking for Alaska by John Green (Young Adult)
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Adult)
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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (Adult)
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I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings (Children’s)
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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton (Young Adult)
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Adult)
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (Adult)
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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson (Young Adult)
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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Adult)
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Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (Young Adult)
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The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson (Children’s)
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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Young Adult)
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How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (Adult)
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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (Adult)
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Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Young Adult)

Lily the Thief by Janne Kukkonen (Children’s)
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Adult)
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Here are five of QPL's 100 Most Popular Banned Books!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (Children’s)
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Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Young Adult)
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Proxy by Alex London (Young Adult)
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Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (Children’s)
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In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Adult)
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Sold by Patricia McCormick (Young Adult)
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Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Young Adult)
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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Young Adult)
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Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (Children’s)
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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Adult)
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Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman (Children’s)
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (Adult)
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1984 by George Orwell (Adult)
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White Bird: A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio (Children’s)
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Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (Adult)
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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Young Adult)
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Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Children’s)
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A Child Called “It”: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer (Adult)
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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman & Kristyna Litten (Children’s)
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A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée (Children’s)
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely (Young Adult)
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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult)
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi (Young Adult)
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Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Children's)
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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole (Children's)
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Here are five of QPL's 100 Most Popular Banned Books!

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (Adult)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (Children’s)
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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Young Adult)
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Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss (Children’s)
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The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (Children’s)
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Sex Is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU
by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth (Children’s)
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Bone: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith (Children’s)

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (Children’s)

Maus by Art Spiegelman (Young Adult)
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Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (Children’s)
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The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead (Children’s)
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Adult)
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Young Adult)
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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki (Young Adult)
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Children’s)
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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Modern Graphic Retelling of Little Women
by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo (Children’s)
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Young Adult)
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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (Young Adult)

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (Adult)
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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (Adult)
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Go With the Flow by Lily Williams & Karen Schneemann (Young Adult)
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (Children’s)
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Native Son by Richard Wright (Adult)
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American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Young Adult)
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Young Adult)
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