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  • It might be a good idea, as long as your grade comes up and you don’t get controversial.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • My father also loved to write poetry, sometimes about love, but often on controversial themes such as honor killings and women’s rights.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Because it was extremely controversial and the results were immediately covered up, so no one would attempt to replicate them.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It is hardly news, nor is it controversial.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • As principal he has a veto over controversial stories.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • She could see that Nick and his parents were not going to be pushed into saying anything controversial.
    Andrew Clements  --  Frindle
  • The caption below it says, "A controversial non-call in Buenos Aires."
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • He was also the most controversial figure in South Carolina at that time.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Emancipation was a salient issue for Union soldiers because it was controversial.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Beyond this, as the daughter of a distinguished though colorfully controversial member of the fakulty (many but by no means all of his colleagues shared the Professor’s extreme ethnic views), Sophie was only vaguely aware of her father’s political beliefs, of his governing rage.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The idea of sending me into combat is controversial.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • For this reason the President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • This is one reason that affirmative action programs are so controversial.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • That is my minor premise, controversial though it may be.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • Hired by Biosyn, he had conducted the controversial rabies vaccine test in Chile.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • This happens sometimes when you publish controversial articles.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • Crider bused in workers from a homeless shelter, and even cut a deal with local corrections officials that resulted in a controversial program to compel probationers and convicted felons to work in the plant as part of their restitution for their crimes.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The piazza was the sight of a controversial subway stop.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • I haven’t read the book, but judging from the reviews it seems to have been controversial.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "And you know," I interrupted, "our work is considered very controversial, certainly by some."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • An unprecedented liberal, His Holiness had secured the papacy through one of the most controversial and unusual conclaves in Vatican history.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • That chair was controversial, too.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • DUMBLEDORE’S GIANT MISTAKE Albus Dumbledore, eccentric Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, has never been afraid to make controversial staff appointments, writes Rita Skeeter, Special Correspondent.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Justice Bok sent me a copy of his controversial speech at Radcliffe.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The Capitol Visitor Center had been a costly and controversial project.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I added the jobs I’ve held for the past year: Weekly Housekeeping Columnist for the Jackson Journal Newspaper Editor of the Junior League of Jackson Newsletter Author of Help, a controversial book about colored housekeepers and their white employers, Harper & Row I didn’t really include the book, I just wanted to type it out once.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Now do be a good chap, my dear fellow, and don’t say anything controversial, will you, old boy, there’s a good chap?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But the most controversial one dealt with getting Lomas and Sangra to stop fighting each other.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Eight jurors swore they had never known any member of the slain family; four admitted some slight acquaintance with Mr. Clutter, but each, including N. L. Dunnan, the airport operator who had made the controversial reply during the voir dire, testified that he had entered the jury box with an unprejudiced mind.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I assure you I have no desire to be controversial.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Zayd walks in, talking casually about some new album by Tupac Shakur, the controversial and glamorous rapper, talking like nothing ever happened.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Among those eccentric decisions are undoubtedly the controversial staff appointments previously described in this newspaper, which have included the employment of werewolf Remus Lupin, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid and delusional ex-Auror, "Mad-Eye" Moody.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Those pamphlets, as is generally the case with controversial writings, tho’ eagerly read at the time, were soon out of vogue, and I question whether a single copy of them now exists.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • On January 12, 1997, the long and controversial life of the visionary who helped found the semiconductor industry, and the Central Asia Institute, came to an end.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • With a new semester, he was now busy with a class of incoming freshmen, a set of demonstrations over a controversial speaker, and a group of football players who had started a brawl at a local dance bar.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • The last book had become a controversial bestseller.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • The vicar of their pleasant rural parish was not a controversialist, but a good hand at whist, and one who had a joke always ready for a blooming female parishioner.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Janet, before retiring to the ashram, was a foreign-currency analyst who did research for a secret group of advanced theorists connected to some controversial think-tank.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "This was a college," I tell them, "where the wife of the president of the United States was actually banned because she was ’too controversial.’ "
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • She and Mr. van der Luyden were so exactly alike that Archer often wondered how, after forty years of the closest conjugality, two such merged identities ever separated themselves enough for anything as controversial as a talking-over.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Some of his ideas had been controversial enough to upset his erstwhile sponsor, Gorshkov, by this time commander in chief of the entire Soviet Navy—but the old admiral was not entirely displeased.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • His controversial rivalry with Triple Crown winner War Admiral culminated in a spectacular match race that is still widely regarded as the greatest horse race ever run.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • My father, who was the first to take a controversial situation and say "Let’s think about that," had been speechless.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But it was not his use of language that made him so controversial on campus; it was the extremity of his views.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Moreover, Webster was sufficiently acute politically to know that a divided party such as his would turn away from politically controversial figures and move to an uncommittedneutral individual, a principle consistently applied to this day.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • The recommendation was controversial, for Jongintaba’s mother was from a lesser house, but my father’s choice was ultimately accepted by both the Thembus and the British government.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • The other was identified as a former American Intelligence officer living in Paris, a highly controversial man who killed a journalist in Vietnam and was given the choice of retiring from the army or facing a court-martial.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • True, there was a phone—the controversial private phone—on Buddy’s desk.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • …attack; Sandy Calhoune, theboy’s mother and a frequent columnist for this newspaper; Carver Milddleton, who served time on an assault charge against Virgil Byrnes in a related incident; the Reverend John Ellerby, controversial Episcopalian minister whose support of female clergy and full homosexual rights has frequently focused a spotlight on him in his 15-year stay at St. Mark’s; and his son, Steve Ellerby, who describes himself as "a controversial Episcopalian preacher’s kid."
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • It would be controversial, colorful, and most importantly, exclusive.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
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