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Caution: The Books Are Banned!

In a country that prides itself on Freedom of expression, the recent movement to ban certain types of books in the United States has sparked concerns about the dangers of censorship. Efforts to ban books have persisted in American history, but those efforts are reaching unprecedented heights. In 2022, ALA documented 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources – the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago. Ninety percent of the overall number of books challenged were part of attempts to censor multiple titles.

Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

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The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter
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The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

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Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie
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Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie

Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology by Amy Sonnie

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
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A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
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Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

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Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman
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Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

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Feed by M.T. Anderson
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Feed by M.T. Anderson

Feed by M.T. Anderson

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Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle
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Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle

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The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
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The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake

The Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake

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Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar
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Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl (series) by Cecily von Ziegesar

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The Holy Bible
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The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible

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Lush by Natasha Friend
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Lush by Natasha Friend

Lush by Natasha Friend

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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
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A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
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Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer
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A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

A Child Called "It" by Dave Pelzer

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It's a Book by Lane Smith
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It's a Book by Lane Smith

It's a Book by Lane Smith

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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
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Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz
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Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

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Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg
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Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg

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Bone (series) by Jeff Smith
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Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

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Looking for Alaska by John Green
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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen
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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S Brannen

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The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim
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The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim

The Color of Earth (series) by Tong-hwa Kim

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Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack
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Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

Prince and Knight by Daniel Haack

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Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman
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Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman

Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesle´a Newman

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Burned by Ellen Hopkins
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Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

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1984 by George Orwell
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1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

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Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter
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Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

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House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
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House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

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The Family Book by Todd Parr
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The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book by Todd Parr

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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

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Neonomicon by Alan Moore
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Neonomicon by Alan Moore

Neonomicon by Alan Moore

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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

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In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco
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In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco

In Our Mothers' House by Patricia Polacco

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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
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This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

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What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
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What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
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Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss
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A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier
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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
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Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

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So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
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So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

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My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis
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My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

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Glass by Ellen Hopkins
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Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

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Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Awakening by Kate Chopin

Awakening by Kate Chopin

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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal
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The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

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Monster by Walter Dean Myers
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Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

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Habibi by Craig Thompson
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Habibi by Craig Thompson

Habibi by Craig Thompson

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Fade by Lisa McMann
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Fade by Lisa McMann

Fade by Lisa McMann

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Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
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Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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My Mom's Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler
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My Mom's Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler

My Mom's Having A Baby by Dori Hillestad Butler

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine
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Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine

Goosebumps (series) by R.L. Stine

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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
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This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

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Crank by Ellen Hopkins
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Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
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The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris
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It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris

It's Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris

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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
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Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

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Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
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Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

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The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman
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The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead (series) by Robert Kirkman

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Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner
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Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner

Skippyjon Jones (series) by Judith Schachner

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Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
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Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans

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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
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Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

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Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
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Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

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Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag
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Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag