Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has been voted the author Americans most want to ban from libraries over fears that her books promote witchcraft.
The American Library Association (ALA), who compiled the list for their Banned Book Week, said there were more than 3,000 attempts to remove the books from libraries and schools between 2000 and 2005.
The ALA said some of the main reasons cited for protesters trying to get controversial books removed from circulation were sexually explicit material, having an occult theme or offensive language.
Other complaints highlighted books with violent content or promoting homosexuality or a religious viewpoint.
Other authors on the list include John Steinbeck, for racism, violent language and sexism in Of Mice and Men, Harper Lee for To Kill a Mocking-Bird and William Golding for Lord of the Flies.
Rowling said: "As this puts me in the company of Harper Lee, Mark Twain, JD Salinger, William Golding, John Steinbeck and other writers I revere, I take my annual inclusion on the list as a great honour."
An ALA spokesman said: "Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to express one's opinion, even if it is considered unorthodox or unpopular and it stresses the importance of ensuring others have access to those viewpoints."
what the hell america. banning books? americans should never even speak of such a thing....ever. whats next? putting ugly people in camps. this country is getting dangerously close to nazi germany. our biggest national export is now intolerance. your book doesnt agree with my point of view...then it should be banned. why dont you try doing like the catholic church....dont like the book, buy up the publishing rights and bury it. it seems to have worked for the vatican and if anyone knows repression its the vatican. all of you people who hate are pikers compared to them. they've been hating for centuries. they've perfected it to an art form. oh well, lets ban some books right now...i'd like to start with the koran,the torah and the bible for starters. then we can move on to james bond (he promotes spying) curious george (a talking monkey , how ridiculous, probably from satan) dr suess (one fish , two fish, red fish, blue fish....discriminates against people who dont have access to tropicals) all the little house on the prarie books (lesbianism.......oh shit , sorry , i meant nancy drew) well you get my point.
enjoy your monday. keep telling yourself you love your job.