(2015) Pornography: Recommended Summer Reading list for 11 yr. olds and up in Collier PS

The Truth About AliceAuthor: Jennifer Mathieu   Author: Roaring Book Press-2014

About the book”: Winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards’ Teen Choice Debut Author AwardEveryone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask “anybody.” Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Issues: This book was on the Original recommended Summer Reading List for 6th graders and up in Collier County for Summer of 2015. The book glorifies teen sex as standard practice and perpetuated the notion that children are victims. It violates the intent if not the letter of FS 847.011. My most moral standards it is certainly age-inappropriate for 11 year olds. The public school system that should NOT be promoting this material.