The five ... Books teachers love to hate

7th August 2009 at 01:00

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

This story of a Manhattan yuppie-cum-serial killer left one reader feeling "dirty for days".

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

According to some TES forum posters, Potter fans are just the sort of people who enjoy "fish fingers and spaghetti hoops with Ribena for tea".

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The coming of age novel no longer holds any attraction once you've taught it to a bunch of teenagers.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

This page-turner made one forum poster want to throw the book across the room.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse

Many agreed that this historical adventure "had a pretty cover but was so heard-it-all-before".

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