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Asheville City Schools

The Content Based Rating System was inspired by  the widely accepted MPA rating system. This rating system is meant to be a quick guide for busy parents who want to know what objectionable material is found between a book's covers. While it is a great tool, it does not meet the standards needed for schools to use for evaluating materials for student use..

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah Maas

A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah Maas

All Boys Aren't Blue by George M Johnson

All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell

Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Crank by Ellen Hopkins.   multiple copies

Damsel  by Elana Arnold

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

Empire of Storms by Sarah Maas

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Identical by Ellen Hopkins multiple copies

Infandous by Elana Arnold

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Starts with Us by Colleen Hoover

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah Maas

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Lexicon by Max Barry

Life is Funny by ER Frank

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lucky by Alice Sebold

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Normal People  by Sally Rooney (showing 10 copies)

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood

Out of Darkness  by Ashley Perez

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Push by Sapphire

Queer: the Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Beige and Marke Bieschke.

Red Hood by Elana Arnold

Red, White, and Royal BLue by Casey McQuiston

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Teaching Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five:

Sold by Patricia McCormick

The Freedom Writer’s Diary by The Freedom Writers

The Freedom Writer's Diary Teachers Guide  by Erin Gruwell (FYI)

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid's Tale Graphic Novel by Renee Nault 

The Haters by Jesse Andrews

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

What Girls Are Made of by Elana Arnold

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of

the West by Gregory Mcguire

Yolo by Lauren Myracle



Grades 6-8th

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Damsel by Elana Arnold

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Emergency Contact  by Mary H.K. Choi

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Gabi A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Grown by Tiffany Jackson

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott No longer showing 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Speak: the graphic novel by Laurie Halse Anderson

Spinning by Tillie Walden

The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Wait, WHAT? By Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman

What Girls are Made of by Elana Arnold

Yolk by Mary H. K. Choi

Gender Ideology

Links to read alouds are blue.


I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

Introducing Teddy by Jess Walton

The lists of books show locations in Asheville City Schools.  These books have sexually inappropriate or confusing gender concepts or content, some including self harm, suicide, violence, and/or racism. No data base is available to determine whether or not classrooms may contain these books. Therefore, we encourage citizens to ask teachers and administrators if these books are present or being used for instruction of any kind.

Some Ebooks appear in the online card catalog. Some districts allow students to sign up to read ebooks using Sora or Libby, as well as other online ebook providers using their school ID. PEP does not know or have access to find out if any safeguards are in place to protect children from reading or seeing graphic material that is inappropriate for their age or grade level. Ask your school administrators if your child's school is providing access to ebooks.  

We do our best to keep the lists up to date. If you see a change that needs to be made, please contact us.


George by Alex Gino

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

It’s Not the Stork  by Robie Harris

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman

Melissa by Alex Gino (formerly George)

Too Bright to See by Kyle Lukoff

They She He Me-Free to Be! By Maya Gonzalez

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff

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