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Outcry after racy book shows up on school shelves

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The Judy Blume book that has many Wren Middle School parents upset. (File/FOX Carolina) The Judy Blume book that has many Wren Middle School parents upset. (File/FOX Carolina)
PIEDMONT, SC (FOX Carolina) -

If you read the very first sentence of Judy Blume's Forever, you get a sense that this book is definitely not for children.

It reads, "Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q.," and then goes on to describe her sexual history.

But children are the ones who have been checking this book out at Wren Middle School, according to Missey Sweet. Her daughter was one of them.

"She said she found out about the book from some friends who already read it," Sweet says.  "They told her about what was in the book, and she's 12, she's curious."

Curious as her daughter may have been, Sweet says her 12-year-old daughter is now left with more questions than answers, mainly because of the graphic descriptions in that book.

"It has always been controversial in the library world because it deals with teens and sexual activity and their first sexual experience," says Janet Price with the Anderson County Library.

Judy Blume herself says the book isn't appropriate for children. Price says the county library carries the book but it's in the teen and adult sections.

"If I wanted my daughters to read this when they were teens, I would've read it first and said, 'Let's use this to talk about these issues,'" says Price.

Anderson County Schools District One says, for their part, they agree with Sweet, and say Forever shouldn't be on shelves, adding the book will likely never go back into the school's library.

The school system says it has the only copy in the county - a copy Sweet plans to keep. "I'm actually purchasing this book from the school just so we can keep it off the shelves," she says.

Anderson County Schools says they want to emphasize there are proper channels to go about challenging a book, adding that anyone can fill out a form at any school.

They say they'll likely take a closer look at what's on their shelves and the process that goes into it.

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