Most Controversial Judy Blume Books

02/12/2012 10:19 am ET

By Margaret Bristol for Bookish:

Way before Katniss fought for her life in "The Hunger Games" and Edward met Bella in "Twilight," before "Sweet Valley High" and "The Baby-sitters Club," there was Judy Blume. With over 20 titles under her belt, Blume has been a driving force in young adult literature since the 1970s, and her books still fly off the shelves. So why is reading Blume's books a rite of passage for so many adolescents? Puberty is an awkward time for all of us, and Blume's relatable fiction covers myriad common tween and teen experiences including, sex, menstruation, divorce and bullying. In honor of the grand dame's 74th birthday this Sunday, here are five of her groundbreaking books that have made the American Library Association's list of 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books.

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