At one time or another, all of the books on this list have been challenged by U.S. schools and libraries. Whether your kids have read one, some, or none of them, the topic of controversial books is a great one to discuss as a family. Parents, ask your kids whether they're surprised that any of these books are on the list. What do they think makes them so hotly debated?
Gross bathroom humor book may appeal to reluctant readers.
Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.
Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.
Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later.
A violent fantasy, with elements of mystery.
A riveting utopian novel that's expertly crafted.
Still one of the greatest American novels.
Boy genius trains to crush alien invasion in sci-fi classic.
Funny, gritty, and powerful novel of growing up on the rez.
One of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
Vonnegut's time-travel classic best for mature teen readers.
Controversial coming-of-age classic with sex, drugs, abuse.