BANNED BOOKS

 


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


 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cover Image
By Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey (Foreword by)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780345514400
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ballantine Books - April 21st, 2009

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 Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316769488
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1st, 1991

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.


The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon #2) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307474278
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: 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


The Hate U Give Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062498533
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: 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


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375714573
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: 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.


Two Boys Kissing Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780307931917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ember - May 12th, 2015

"You have to read this.” Rainbow Rowell, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park


And Tango Makes Three Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: 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.


The Kite Runner Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594631931
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2013

The #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel that introduced Khaled Hosseini to millions of readers the world over.
 


George Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780545812542
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Published: Scholastic Press - August 25th, 2015

BE 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.


The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: 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.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Cover Image
By J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780590353427
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: 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.