Here’s a list of all books that are under review or banned in Central Florida schools

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More than 2,500 books have been removed from school shelves in America in the past year as conservative groups coordinate their focus on literature for various reasons, frequently because of racial or gender themes.

In the period from July 2021 to June 2022, PEN America’s Index of School Book Bans records 2,532 instances of specific books being prohibited, along with 1,648 other book titles.

Approximately 41 percent of the banned works featured LGBTQ themes, main characters, or significant supporting characters. Characters of color made up 40 percent of the main or significant secondary characters, while 21 percent of the titles dealt with racial and racist topics.

A total of 22 percent of the prohibited books included explicit material.

Almost every state now has a branch of Moms for Liberty, a Brevard County-based organization that has since gone nationwide and is responsible for most of the bans. In addition to public libraries, these organizations are focusing on school libraries and are pushing for leadership positions in school districts.

Moms for Liberty said it is committed to “unifying, educating and empowering parents to defend their parental rights at all levels of government.”

The group also stated that it is resisting school indoctrination and supporting limited government involvement.

PEN America and other Moms for Liberty detractors charge the organizations with undermining and intimidating educators and other parents by using the term “parents’ rights.”

“While parents and guardians ought to be partners with educators in their children’s education, and need channels for communicating with school administrators, teachers, and librarians, particularly concerning the education of their own children, public schools are by design supposed to rely on the expertise, ethics, and discretion of educational professionals to make decisions,” PEN America said in the report.

A number of regulations passed by the Florida Legislature this year that provide parents more options for removing books they disagree with have inspired groups throughout the Sunshine State. This includes HB 1467, which provides for increased public monitoring of school libraries and instructional materials, HB 7, commonly known as the “Stop WOKE” Act, and the Parental Rights in Education Act, also dubbed by detractors as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

In its directory for Florida, PEN America reports 566 bans in 21 districts. Three novels that were prohibited from Seminole County elementary schools this summer are not included in this list.

The lists that follow are a combination of those from PEN America’s index and the 10 Central Florida school districts that provided responses.

School District/SourceAuthorTitleStatus
Brevard County (PEN America, School district did not respond)Jesse AndrewsThe HatersBanned pending investigation
Elana K. ArnoldDamselBanned pending investigation
InfandousBanned pending investigation
Red HoodBanned pending investigation
What Girls Are Made OfBanned pending investigation
Judy BlumeForever…Banned pending investigation
Stephen ChboskyThe Perks of Being a WallflowerBanned pending investigation
Juno DawsonThis Book is GayBanned pending investigation
Ellen HopkinsCrank (Series)Banned pending investigation
People Kill PeopleBanned pending investigation
TiltBanned pending investigation
TrianglesBanned pending investigation
Tricks (Series)Banned pending investigation
Khaled HosseiniThe Kite RunnerBanned pending investigation
Tiffany D. JacksonMonday’s Not ComingBanned pending investigation
George M. JohnsonAll Boy’s Aren’t BlueBanned pending investigation
Rupi KaurMilk and HoneyBanned pending investigation
Caroline KepnesYou: A Novel of Dark ObsessionBanned pending investigation
Maia KobabeGender Queer: A MemoirBanned pending investigation
Malinda LoLast Night at the Telegraph ClubBanned pending investigation
Sarah MaasA Court of Frost and StarlightBanned pending investigation
A Court of Mist and FuryBanned pending investigation
A Court of Silver FlamesBanned pending investigation
A Court of Thorns and RosesBanned pending investigation
A Court of Wings and RuinBanned pending investigation
Empire of StormsBanned pending investigation
House of Earth and BloodBanned pending investigation
House of Sky and BreathBanned pending investigation
Patricia McCormickSoldBanned pending investigation
Lauren MyracleThe Infinite Moment of UsBanned pending investigation
Jennifer NivenBreathlessBanned pending investigation
Ashley Hope PerezOut of DarknessBanned pending investigation
Amy ReedBeautifulBanned pending investigation
The Nowhere GirlsBanned pending investigation
Sally RooneyNormal PeopleBanned pending investigation
SapphirePushBanned pending investigation
Julia ScheeresJesus Land: A MemoirBanned pending investigation
Elizabeth ScottLiving Dead GirlBanned pending investigation
Alice SeboldLuckyBanned pending investigation
Ciara SmythNot My ProblemBanned pending investigation
Mariko TamakiThis One SummerBanned pending investigation
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.Slaughterhouse-FiveBanned pending investigation
Flagler County (School District Response)George M. JohnsonAll Boys Aren’t BlueBanned from high schools
Lake County (School District Response)Angie ThomasThe Hate U GiveBanned from middle school libraries and classrooms
Marion County (School District Response)None
Orange County (PEN America, School District responded saying no books had been pulled during the last 2 years)Jonathan EvisonLawn BoyBanned from libraries
Ellen HopkinsTricks (Series)Banned pending investigation
George M. JohnsonAll Boys Aren’t BlueBanned pending investigation
Maia KobabeGender Queer: A MemoirBanned in libraries and classrooms
Osceola County (School District Response)Jesse AndrewsMe, Earl and the Dying GirlBanned in libraries and classrooms
John GreenLooking for AlaskaBanned in libraries and classrooms
Ashley Hope PerezOut of DarknessBanned in libraries and classrooms
Ellen HopkinsTricks (Series)Banned in libraries and classrooms
George M. JohnsonAll Boys Aren’t BlueBanned in libraries and classrooms
Polk County (PEN America, School district did not respond)Jay AsherThirteen Reasons WhyBanned from libraries
Jonathan Safran FoerExtremely Loud & Incredibly CloseBanned from libraries
Alex GinoMelissa (George)Banned from libraries
Abbi GlinesThe Vincent Boys (series)Banned from libraries
Robie H. HarrisIt’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender and Sexual HealthBanned from libraries
Ellen HopkinsTricks (Series)Banned from libraries
Khaled HosseiniThe Kite RunnerBanned from libraries
Jazz Jennings and Jessica HerthelI Am JazzBanned from libraries
Brian KatcherAlmost PerfectBanned from libraries
David LevithanTwo Boys KissingBanned from libraries
E. LockhartReal Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural.Banned from libraries
Toni MorrisonBelovedBanned from libraries
The Bluest EyeBanned from libraries
Jodi PicoultNineteen MinutesBanned from libraries
Adam SilveraMore Happy Than NotBanned from libraries
Raina TelgemeierDrama: A Graphic NovelBanned from libraries
Seminole County (School District Response)Marcus Ewert10,000 DressesBanned from elementary schools
Jazz Jennings and Jessica HerthelI Am JazzBanned from elementary schools
Sarah Hoffman, Ian HoffmanJacob’s New DressBanned from elementary schools
Sumter County (School District Response)None
Volusia County (None listed on PEN America, no school district response)None

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