Facts Before Fury

Focus on the Children. Focus on the Facts.
Hold Educators and Legislators responsible.


WARNING! Many of the reference links contain sexually explicit materials. Proceed with caution – especially if minors are present.

Click Here to view a PDF file listing nearly 100 obscene, offensive, or objectionable books being made available to children in school libraries.

[1] Links to smut in Looking for Alaska

[2] JSD243 Resource “Internet Archives” – “Books to Borrow” Books to Borrow : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive.


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We Choose All of Us, Our Gender Revolution (description from IFF article about this book in SRHS: “…content collections promote the idea that gender is socially constructed. For example, the 2019 “We Choose All of Us” for high schoolers declares, “[g]ender is one of the core ways we learn to identify and expresses [sic] ourselves. Gender is socially and culturally constructed — it’s something we learn — not just something we inherit though [sic] our biology.”

Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes –

A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini – Book review “In an attempt to have 15-year-olds read about what others their age are experiencing in other countries and at other times in history, the liberal powers-that-be in our child’s public school touted this as a great study for their Honors English curriculum. What happened to analyzing To Kill A Mockingbird? Okaloosa County has a better perspective on literature than Polk County, and more conservative curriculum planners. This book was written for ADULTS. Ask the author. Multiple rape and beating scenes, though I suppose it does not compare to the male-on-juvenile-male rape scene in the prequel for this novel. In St. John’s county, 10th graders are required to read that one (The Kite Runner). Author writes in the style of historical fiction, describing experiences in Afghani history paralleling the experiences of 2 teenaged girls maturing to adulthood. I agree it is sad, and that author’s style is easy to read. I am not a fan of fiction, preferring to read about real people’s actual lives. It is never appropriate to describe sexual encounters–leave something to the imagination! Shame on Polk County for requiring our children to read pornographic descriptions!”

Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love –

Hey Kiddo, Jarrett Krosoczka

Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds –

If You Come Softly, Jacqueline Woodson –

This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki

Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare –

Looking For Alaska, John Green (link to pages of book in challenged book list)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews (This book was on the SRHS book list from 21-22 and has since disappeared, with 4 different stories as to why.)

Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson –

The 57 Bus, Dashka Slater –

Dear Martin, Nic Stone (attached pages in challenge list)

We are Okay, Nina Lacour

Water for Elephants, Sarah Gruen –

Drama, Raina Telgemeir (in Elementary) –

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 tales of Extraordinary Women, Elena Favilli

Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson

The First Part Last, Angela Johnson 

House of Hades, Rick Riordan – (Book Review from a Parent) “If you have children reading House of Hades (the new Rick Riordan book, 4th in the Heroes of Olympus series), be aware that you should start a conversation about homosexuality. One of the gods and then one of the male characters comes out as having had a crush on a boy. There is discussion about him having the courage to accept who he is. I am surprised that Rick Riordan went this way in a book for middle schoolers and I think many parents will want to know.”

The Tiger Rising, Kate Dimacillo – (Book Review from a Parent): “This is supposed to be a book about suppressing emotions, and the tiger they find in the cage is a metaphor for those emotions. When the lids let the tiger out, the boys father shoots it. The book is depressing, and not what I prefer to fill my kids head with. No wonder they have to put the suicide prevention hot line on the back of school ids now! If your kid has to read this, I suggest you read it with them so you can at least discuss your own families’ beliefs, and not what comes from the class discussions.”

Cruel Crown, Victoria Aveyard

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation – Adapted by Ari Folman and David Polonsky

Oddly, it does not show up in the library search bar in either Elem or HS. But response to recent records requests indicate it was ordered by the school in 2019.

I, Claudia, by Mary McCoy

Parental Review: “While this book is marked for YA (ages 12-18) and the characters are teenagers, it is important to note that the content of this book should be marked for mature audiences. The profanity throughout the book is vile and excessive. There is disturbing sexual content as well. The plot was interesting and could have been a great story if it was not overshadowed by crudeness.”

This book also does not show up in the library search bar in either Elem or HS. But response to recent records requests indicate it was ordered by the school.

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Parental review: “Parents beware. Blatant misogyny on page 104 where the dad refers to the mom as a lazy “bxxxx”. Really, aren’t girls already exposed to way too much of that in life? Does it need to be in a book aimed at pre-teen and tween girls? Really disappointed.”

Lumberjanes Original Graphic Novel: The Shape of Friendship by LilahSturges –

Review: “Incredible comic book. Smart, wry humor, inspiring and interesting. Part of the plot is a budding romance between two girls but nothing explicitly sexual: occasional kiss, holding hands, etc. racially diverse, no cussing, a great way to get your kid started defying gender norms.”

They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera –

(This book was ordered and received on 5/6/21. It does not show up in the search bar in the library. Where is this book?)

Representation: One character is bisexual and another is gay.

Profanity/Crude Language Content: Extreme profanity used mainly by Rufus

Romance/Sexual Content: Kissing between two boys. At one point they fall asleep together.

Review: “Early on in They Both Die at the End, Rufus identifies as bisexual both in his narration and in his Last Friend profile. Mateo mostly talks about how sex scares him, but later in the book he starts hinting at feelings for Rufus. The characters get together toward the end of the story and share sweet, romantic moments together before their untimely deaths.”

This is Where the World Ends, by Amy Zhang 

Trigger warning: rape and suicide: Character Janie Vivian is raped, and she burns her house down and kills herself because of it.

[4] Concerning Books

[5] Idaho Family Policy Center “Pornography in Public Schools and Libraries – a Statewide Problem” “Idaho School Libraries Promote Radical Sexual Agendas and Pornographic Material” “Idaho School Libraries Promote Radical Sexual Agendas and Pornographic Material”

[6] Post Falls Board Meeting

[7] Board policy re obscenity

[8] Challenged Books Q & A

[9] See Reference Point [3] above.

[10], [11] Concerning Books

[12] National Library of Medicine Journal – Developmental Contributors Trauma Response: The Importance of Sensitive Periods, Early Environment, and Sex Differences

[13],,,,–the-advocate-s-role/,,, “The Impact of Pornography on Children” – American College of Pediatricians

[14] Please see I.C. §§18-1513, 18-1514, 18-4101, 33-2741, 33-512

[15] Miller Test (Miller vs. California 1973):

(1) whether the average person applying contemporary community standards would find the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;

(2) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and

(3) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.

[16] HB 314

[17] I.C. §18-1513. OBSCENE MATERIALS — DISSEMINATION TO MINORS — POLICY. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the legislature to restrain the distribution, promotion, or dissemination of obscene material, or of material harmful to minors, or the performance of obscene performances, or performances harmful to minors. It is found that such materials and performances are a contributing factor to crime, to juvenile crime, and also a basic factor in impairing the ethical and moral development of our youth.

I.C. §18-1514

“Harmful to minors” includes in its meaning one or both of the following:

(a) The quality of any material or of any performance or of any description or representation, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse, when it:

(1) appeals to the prurient interest of minors as judged by the average person, applying contemporary community standards; and

(2) depicts or describes representations or descriptions of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement, or sado-masochistic abuse which are patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community with respect to what is suitable material for minors and includes, but is not limited to, patently offensive representations or descriptions of:

(i) intimate sexual acts, normal or perverted, actual or simulated; or

(ii) masturbation, excretory functions or lewd exhibition of the genitals or genital area. Nothing herein contained is intended to include or proscribe any matter which, when considered as a whole, and in context in which it is used, possesses serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value for minors, according to prevailing standards in the adult community, with respect to what is suitable for minors.

(b) The quality of any material or of any performance, or of any description or representation, in whatever form, which, as a whole, has the dominant effect of substantially arousing sexual desires in persons under the age of eighteen (18) years.      

[18] I.C. §18-1517

DISSEMINATING MATERIAL HARMFUL TO MINORS — DEFENSES. 1. In any prosecution for disseminating material harmful to minors, it is an affirmative defense that:

. . .

(d) The defendant was a bona fide school, college, university, museum or public library, or was acting in his capacity as an employee of such an organization or a retail outlet affiliated with and serving the educational purposes of such an organization.

[19] Library Book Reconsideration – Paragraph 1, line 5

[20] See Library Reconsideration Committee policy slides here:

[21] From “Protections” section of

To help parents protect their children from unwanted subject matter:

All parents and guardians signed a permission form for the 22-23 school year.

In addition:

1- Parents can give the school librarian and their child’s teacher a list of books they do not want their child to check out.

2- If a parent or community member does not deem a book acceptable for students, they may formally challenge the book

[22] There are over 10,000 books in SRS elementary / high school library: From the mouth of the librarian on this interview:

[23] “Exposing the Book Ban Hoax” Governor Ron DeSantis

[24] “Letter to Stakeholders”

[25] “Time to Move Forward” Free Press Article

[26] Mass Resistance

[27] JSD243 Resource “Internet Archives” – “Books to Borrow” Books to Borrow : Free Texts : Free Download, Borrow and Streaming : Internet Archive.