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Challenged Books for Middle Schoolers

Read these once-banned or challenged novels that weren’t always on middle school reading lists - during and beyond Banned Books Week.
 
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
Series: The Hunger Games, Book #1
by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts.

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Hatchet
Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
Winner of the 1988 Newbery Honor
Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack.
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Hoot
Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen

Roy Eberhardt is new to his small Florida community of Coconut Cove. Unfortunately, Roy's first acquaintance in Florida is Dana Matherson, a well-known bully.

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The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall.

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Speak
Speak
by Laurie Halse Anderson

Melinda enters high school as an utter outcast. She called the cops at an end-of-summer party, and the party was busted. Now her former friends and classmates have all turned their backs on her. But what they don't know is that Melinda had good reason to call the cops: She was raped that night.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Series: Apple Classics
by Mark Twain
Mark Twain's classic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, tells the story of a teenage misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim.
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The Outsiders
The Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton

Ponyboy Curtis is a good-natured teen who loves books and movies. He's also an orphan whose two older brothers and street-smart friends guard and protect him.

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum Illustrated by W. W. Denslow

One of the true classics of American literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over four generations.

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Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson Illustrated by Donna Diamond

There's only one thing Jess Aarons is looking forward to in fifth grade, and that's being the fastest kid in school. He's been practicing all summer. He hasn't had much else to do, since his mom spends all her time with his four sisters and his dad is always working.

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Forever...
Forever...
by Judy Blume

There's a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind — really imagine it, wish for it — sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

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The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago.

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The Great Gilly Hopkins
The Great Gilly Hopkins
by Katherine Paterson

Gilly Hopkins has been in one foster home after another. The only thing she has learned is that you have to be tough to survive. Make life difficult for everyone else, is Gilly's philosophy. But then she is housed with Bible-bashing Maime Trotter, and Maime is a large lady in every way.

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Ttyl
Ttyl
by Lauren Myracle

The first novel told entirely in instant messages!

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Book Guide: A Wrinkle in Time
Book Guide: A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle Illustrated by Hope Larson

Everything is wrong in Meg Murray's life. In school, she's been dropped down to the lowest section of her grade. She's teased about her five-year-old brother, Charles Wallace, who everyone mistakenly thinks is dumb. Not to mention that Meg wears braces and glasses and has mouse-brown hair.

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Coraline
Coraline
by Neil Gaiman Illustrated by Dave McKean
In Coraline's family's new flat there's a locked door. On the other side is a brick wall — until Coraline unlocks the door... and finds a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only different.

The food is better there. Books have pictures that writhe and crawl and shimmer.

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