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Young Adult Literature

Information about the genre and CSULB's collection.

Banned and Challenged Books

"A book worth banning is a book worth reading"

Everyday books are still being challenged and removed from shelves, libraries, classrooms and reading lists.

Censorship By the Numbers 2020

censorship by the numbers from ALA

Banned YA Books

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


Baby Be-Bop

On My Honor

The Hunger Games (Series)


Tiger Eyes

You Hear Me

Girl Goddess #9

Then Again, Maybe I Won't

The Face on the Milk Carton

The Chocolate War

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Whale Talk

Fat Kid Rules the World

The Drowning of Stephan Jones

Olive's Ocean

The Outsiders

Jacob Have I Loved

His Dark Materials Series

Harry Potter (Series)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

What My Mother Doesn't Know

The Boy Who Lost His Face

Looking for Alaska


Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Georgia Nicholson Series)

Athletic Shorts

Blood and Chocolate


Banned High School Books

Lord of the Flies

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Handmaid's Tale

The Kite Runner

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Catcher in the Rye

Of Mice and Men

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Bless Me, Ultima

Brave New World

One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest

Fahrenheit 451

The Lovely Bones

The House of the Spirits

Flowers for Algernon

The Outsiders

Banned and Challenged Children's Poetry


You Hear Me

How to (Un)Cage a Girl

Where the Sidewalk Ends


Removing Books to Create Antiracist, Antibiased Collections

Wait!  What about removing books (especially older books) that we now know to be racist, sexist and/or homophobic? We don't want these books around but we don't want to be book banners!  We just need to be VERY careful in our reasons for removing a book.  Is our reasoning personal biases?  Is there a general belief that this book is harmful? Watch the slippery slope. Also consider books as historical research, representing thinking at a time in history, for older children's learning, vs. younger children.