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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3563.71Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne
1.2793.16To Ride A Silver Broomstick: New Generational Witchcraft by Silver RavenWolf
1.2763.63Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne
1.2673.53Pussy, King of the Pirates (Acker, Kathy) by Kathy Acker
1.2163.55Lions at Lunchtime by Mary Pope Osborne
1.2123.63Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
1.213.95Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic by Isaac Bonewits
1.1953.72Magic Tree House #02: The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1753.6One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes
1.1643.35To Light A Sacred Flame: Practical Witchcraft for the Millenium by Silver RavenWolf
1.1644.05Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard by Oberon Zell-Ravenheart
1.1553.69Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1543.84Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
1.1463.98Noah's Ark by Peter Spier
1.143.73Day of the Dragon King by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1374.11How Children Fail by John Holt
1.1373.63Dolphins at Daybreak by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1353.63Magic Tree House #06: Afternoon on the Amazon by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1263.72Eragon by Christopher Paolini
1.1233.81The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel
1.1143.67Magic Tree House #16: Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1073.58The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
1.1053.67Magic Tree House #03: Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
1.1043.64The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
1.1033.6Wicked by Gregory Maguire
1.1023.68Magic Tree House #05: Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne
1.0993.92Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
1.0963.94Ishmael by Daniel Quinn
1.093.64Magic Tree House #23: Twister on Tuesday by Mary Pope Osborne
1.0863.57Magic Tree House #08: Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne
1.0833.64Heather Has Two Mommies by Lesléa Newman
1.0833.72The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
1.0823.23Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again by Frank Miller
1.0683.75Maia by Richard Adams
1.0623.54Eastern Forests (Peterson Field Guides) by John C. Kricher
1.0493.94Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small by Ted Andrews
1.0453.6The Matchlock Gun by Walter D. Edmonds
1.0454.11Old Turtle by Douglas Wood
1.0393.89I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen
1.0383.59Men of Iron by Howard Pyle
1.0354.14The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
1.0353.54The Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars
1.0334.04Selected Poems by William Carlos Williams
1.0333.92Walden & On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
1.0334.1The Continuum Concept: In Search of Happiness Lost by Jean Liedloff
1.0283.62The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard
1.0283.6The Sign of the Chrysanthemum by Katherine Paterson
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0263.82Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
1.0233.68Dreaming the Dark : Magic, Sex, and Politics by Starhawk
1.0213.86Eldest by Christopher Paolini
1.023.76Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
1.023.5The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
1.0194.22Flatland/Sphereland (Everyday Handbook) by Edwin A. Abbott
1.0183.88The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.52This Can't Be Tofu!: 75 Recipes to Cook Something You Never Thought You Would--and Love Every Bite by Deborah Madison
1.0173.69The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli
1.0173.56Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark
1.0113.87Snoozers : 7 Short Short Bedtime Stories for Lively Little Kids by Sandra Boynton
1.0113.95The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White
1.0094.22A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog (Boy, Dog, Frog) by Mercer Mayer
1.0094.26Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
1.0083.71Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
1.0073.74Triss by Brian Jacques
1.0063.96Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
1.0053.57Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts by David Baggett
1.0043.68King and King by Linda de Haan
1.0013.81The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett
1.0013.58Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
13.51The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries by Zsuzsanna Budapest
13.89Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Lusser Rico
0.9963.42The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9944.18Black Ships Before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff
0.9934.24The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.92Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
0.9914.04Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
0.9893.77Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne
0.9883.97Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling
0.9883.95Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
0.9883.77The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine by Sue Monk Kidd
0.9873.58Being a Green Mother by Piers Anthony
0.9873.9Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg
0.9863.52The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
0.9863.68Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
0.9853.45The Planets by Dava Sobel
0.9843.83Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.96The Awesome Egyptians by Terry Deary
0.983.86On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
0.9793.88The Wanderings of Odysseus by Rosemary Sutcliff
0.9784.01The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
0.9773.79The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
0.9773.6Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
0.9764.02The Timetables of History by Bernard Grun
0.9754.15Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie dePaola
0.9743.8The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
0.9733.73The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
0.9713.89White Fang by Jack London
0.9713.81The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
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