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Banned Books Week

Banning books makes me so very angry.  Ignorance and anti-intellectualism in full bloom.  To be threatened by words on a page...  I suppose it demonstrates the enduring power of the written word.  But still, I get a little sick to my stomach.

The American Library Association has compiled a list of the 100 most challenged or banned books of this -- THIS -- decade.  That's 2000-2009.  Here are the top 21:

1 Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 
2 Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 
3 The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier 
4 And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell 
5 Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 
6 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou 
7 Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz 
8 His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman 
9 TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Myracle, Lauren 
10 The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky 
11 Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers 
12 It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris 
13 Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey 
14 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 
15 The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison 
16 Forever, by Judy Blume 
17 The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 
18 Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous 
19 Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 
20 King and King, by Linda de Haan 
21 To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest comes in at number 49.  Must be a lot of Nurse Ratched's out there...