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The ALA's list of banned books

This is the ALA's list of top banned books. (ALA is the American Library Association.) In bold are all the ones I've read -- 43. And many of them before I was ten years old! (Though not the Madonna one, obviously). How many have YOU read?

1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
2. Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
4. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
8. Forever by Judy Blume
9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
10. Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
11. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
12. My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
13. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
15. It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
16. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
17. A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
18. The Color Purple by Alice Walker
19. Sex by Madonna
20. Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel
21. The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
22. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
23. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
24. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
25. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
26. The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
27. The Witches by Roald Dahl
28. The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
29. Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
30. The Goats by Brock Cole
31. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
32. Blubber by Judy Blume
33. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
34. Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
35. We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
36. Final Exit by Derek Humphry
37. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
38. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
39. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
40. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
41. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
43. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
44. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
45. Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
46. Deenie by Judy Blume
47. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
48. Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
49. The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
50. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
51. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
52. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
53. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
54. Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
55. Cujo by Stephen King
56. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
57. The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
58. Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
59. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
60. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
61. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
62. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
63. Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
65. Fade by Robert Cormier
66. Guess What? by Mem Fox
67. The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
68. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
69. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
70. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
71. Native Son by Richard Wright
72. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
73. Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
74. Jack by A.M. Homes
75. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
76. Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
77. Carrie by Stephen King
78. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
79. On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
80. Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
81. Family Secrets by Norma Klein
82. Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
83. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
84. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
85. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
86. Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
87. Private Parts by Howard Stern
88. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
89. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
90. Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
91. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
92. Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
93. Sex Education by Jenny Davis
94. The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
95. Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
96. How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
97. View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
98. The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
99. The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
100. Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

What high school stereotype are you?

"We all love you. We all want to be you. We all despise you with every cell in our bodies. YOU'RE PERFECT! You are beautiful, charismatic, interesting, and smart. Everything you touch turns to gold. The tragic thing is: you probably don't believe me. You have no idea why people seem to think this about you. It's soooooo not true! You make me ill. You win everything, charm everyone, modestly deny the fact, and look damn good while doing it."
I'm Perfect!
I'm Perfect!
Take Which High School Stereotype Are You? today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.

Okay, I am obviously procrastinating writing Fly on the Wall and wasting my time fiddling around on the internet. But as a writer of books for teenagers, how could I resist this quiz?
hint: if you want to get an answer that tells you you are "perfect" like I did, just say you'd like to dye your hair blonde and if an answer has the word "penis" in it, pick that one.

P.S. I am so not perfect.

What Eighties Teen Movie Icon Are You?

Who's Your 80s Movie Icon Alter-Ego? Find out @ She's Crafty

I can't believe that I get to be Madonna. I couldn't be happier. I first saw Desperately Seeking Susan with four of my girlfriends and we snuck wine coolers into the movie theater. Wine coolers were actually cool, back then. Ah well. Now you know how immensely old I am.

I found this quiz by reading author Sarah Dessen's live journal. The entry from August 23rd.

The Dating Diaries

Katie's a senior in high school and has had the same boyfriend for like five years. When he dumps her for a hottie freshman, she shuns her overalls for miniskirts and goes on a dating rampage. The Dating Diaries is a really fun read about a liberated girl figuring out her priorities and getting a lot of backseat action in the process. I'm trying to get Kristin Kemp, whom I know slightly, to write a sequel.

Would You Rather?

Would you rather:
-have a laugh that sounds like a seagull OR a walrus?
Walrus for certain. Then I'd know my laugh would make others laugh, too. A seagull sound is just annoying, whereas a walrus sound is funny.

-wake up after surgery and find that they've accidentally given you a nose job that looks like barbra streisand OR breasts that look like dolly parton?
Barbra's nose. It's beautiful. But even if I didn't think so, it wouldn't get in my way the way the boobs would.

-memorize the bible OR the first harry potter book in klingon?
The Bible. I'd be so much more culturally literate if I had even read it at all! The Harry Potter book in Klingon would add nothing to my abilities.

-have a skull the size and shape of a basketball OR a football?
A basketball would be much more comfortable for sleeping.