Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle

Available At: Challenger Middle School, Chinook Trail Middle School, Eagleview Middle School, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Rampart High School, Timberview Middle School

Categories : Anti-Religion, LGBTQ+

Description: An eighth-grader who dreams of performing in a Broadway musical concocts a plan to run away to New York and audition for the role of Elliot in the musical version of “E.T.”

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains anti-religion and LGBTQ themes.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 27: He’s not unfunny for a faggot.

Page 130: A sign outside the door next to E.T. says: “Pole Dancing Class by Charlene: POLE NOT REQUIRED,” with a big smiley face, drawn where the O of “pole dancing” is. A smiley face wearing lipstick. Whoa.

Page 193: And just before it clicks shut, and I run to it, unaware where I am for a moment, like I’m watching a movie? The two boys kiss.

Page 250: Little Bill had a male porno magazine…So now the rumor is burning through school that little Bill has a secret gay crush on big Bill.

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