Banned/Challenged Book Recommendations?

Yesterday, the American Library Association released a list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009.  I’ve read four of them:

“TTYL”, by Lauren Myracle (My review here.)
 “To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee
 Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer (My review of Book Four here.)
“The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier

(Complete Top 10 here.)

Four out of ten didn’t seem like a high number to me, so I went over to ALA’s Banned and Challenged Classics List.  Out of 100, I’ve read these 12:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (which I guess I don’t get to count twice)
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Their Eyes are Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

(See all 100 here.)

It does not escape my notice that all but 2 titles from the classics list are books I read in school.  So I’m thinking I’ll make a point to add more to my reading queue.  I’m open to suggestions–which banned/challenged books have you enjoyed?

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  1. Wow, what a list. I didn’t do too bad (21), but I saw a whole bunch of books that I know were assigned to me that I can’t remember actually finishing. Not a good sign. Some of these are hard reads. (Ahem, the Jungle.) But what about The Great Gatsby? I’m surprised you escaped Heart of Darkness. I swear I had to read that 4 times in school.