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Group demanding HCS book removal calling for audit of school libraries

Horry County library (Credit: Emma Parkhouse/WPDE)
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A group is demanding an audit of every Horry County School library, over concerns of controversial books.

Moms for Liberty of Horry County says more than 70 books in school libraries contain inappropriate material, including pornography and incest.

Group chair David Warner says children should only be able to read or view such content with parental consent, which isn't possible inside of a school library.

"I think the biggest thing is it should be a decision that a parent makes," Warner said. "A parent is the one that is able to decide whether a child should be exposed to such things."

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Opponents of the ban claim the group is trying to limit books with LGBTQ+ characters or storylines.

Warner says it's strictly about taking explicit content out of schools.

"This had nothing to do with any kind of particular group," he said. "If these books are vulgar, and they have vulgar content, then they should not be in there regardless of whether they're straight, gay, or any other group."

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Below is a list of the books Moms for Liberty of Horry County wants pulled.

  1. A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee
  2. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
  3. All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell
  4. Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher
  5. And They Lived by Stephen Salvatore
  6. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  7. Beautiful by Amy Reed
  8. Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge
  9. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
  10. Breathless by Jennifer Niven
  11. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
  12. Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
  13. Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
  14. Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  15. Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  16. Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
  17. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
  18. Damsel by Elana Arnold
  19. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  20. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  21. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  22. Fade by Lisa McMann
  23. Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
  24. Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
  25. Flamer by Mike Curato
  26. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  27. Glass by Ellen Hopkins
  28. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
  29. Grit by Gillian French
  30. grl2grl by Julie Anne Peters
  31. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  32. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  33. Identical by Ellen Hopkins
  34. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  35. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
  36. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  37. Last night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
  38. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
  39. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  40. Lucky by Alice Sebold
  41. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  42. Monday's not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
  43. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  44. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoul
  45. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  46. Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  47. Perfect by Ellen Hopkins
  48. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
  49. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
  50. Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
  51. Scars by Cheryl Rainfield
  52. Shine by Lauren Myracle
  53. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins
  54. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  55. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  56. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  57. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  58. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  59. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
  60. The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell
  61. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  62. The Haters by Jesse Andrews
  63. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  64. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  65. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  66. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  67. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
  68. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  69. The You I've Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
  70. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  71. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  72. Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
  73. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  74. Tricks by Ellen Hopkins
  75. Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen
  76. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
  77. Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi
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