Banned Books for Teens

The books on this list have been been banned or challenged in schools and public libraries.  For more information or to find out why they were banned visit the American Library Association's Frequently Challenged Books Guide.


Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 2008.

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1971.

Anonymous. Go Ask Alice. 1971.

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. 1986.

Blume, Judy. Forever. 1975.

Burgess, Anthony. A Clockwork Orange. 1967.

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. 1999.

Cole, Brock. The Goats. 1987.

Collier, James Lincoln. My Brother Sam is Dead. 1974.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. 2008.

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War. 1974.

Cormier, Robert. We All Fall Down.1991.

Crutcher, Chris. Whale Talk. 2001.

Duncan, Lois. Killing Mr. Griffin. 1978.

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. 2001.

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. 1952.

Friend, Natasha. Lush. 2006.

Garden, Nancy. Annie on My Mind. 1982.

Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. 1954.

Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. 2003.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. 1850.

Heller, Joseph. Catch-22: A Novel. 1961.

Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders. 1967.

Hopkins, Ellen. Crank. 2004.

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. 1946.

Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 1962.

King, Stephen. Cujo. 1981.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. 1960.

Lowry, Lois. The Giver. 1993.

Mackler, Carolyn. The Earth, My Butt and Other Big, Round Things. 2003.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. 2005.

Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels. 1988.

Myracle, Lauren. Ttyl. 2004.

Orwell, George. Animal Farm. 1945.

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1949.

Plath, Sylvia. The Bell Jar. 1971.

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass. 1996.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter. (Series)

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. 1951.

Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis. 2003.

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys. 2001.

Sones, Sonya. What My Mother Doesn't Know. 2001.

Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men. 1937.

Trumbo, Dalton. Johnny Got His Gun. 1939.

Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 1884.

Wright, Richard. Native Son. 1940.

Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five. 1969.

Von Ziegesar, Cecily. Gossip Girl: A Novel. 2002.