The books on this list all have in common the fact that they were targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools, to which we at West Side Books say: Nice try!
Read more about banned books and the American Library Association's efforts to support "the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular" through events like Banned Books Week (held annually in late September) at this link: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks
Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.$9.99ISBN: 9780307474278Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - March 31st, 2009
MORE THAN 80 MILLION COPIES SOLD
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read$18.99ISBN: 9780062498533Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Balzer + Bray - February 28th, 2017
8 starred reviews · Goodreads Choice Awards Best of the Best · William C. Morris Award Winner · National Book Award Longlist · Printz Honor Book · Coretta Scott King Honor Book · #1 New York Times Bestseller!
"Absolutely riveting!" —Jason Reynolds$15.95ISBN: 9780375714573Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Pantheon - June 1st, 2004
A New York Times Notable Book
A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year”
A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.$9.99ISBN: 9780307931917Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Ember - May 12th, 2015
"You have to read this.” —Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park$17.99ISBN: 9780689878459Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005
And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same.$17.00ISBN: 9781594631931Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013
The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
$16.99ISBN: 9780545812542Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015BE WHO YOU ARE.
When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl.
$15.95ISBN: 9780385490818Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Anchor - March 16th, 1998
#1 New York Times bestseller
An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.$10.99ISBN: 9780590353427Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Scholastic Paperbacks - October 1st, 1999
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen spoiled bully.