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    Would you let your 13-year old read this book?


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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Well I would definitely say that for young children the book is inappropriate, once older let them make the judgements. I take a rather firm stance against the outlawing/burning of literature even if it may offend someone.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    no reason to burn or outlaw it... just remove it and stop libraries from buying it.

    that book is disgusting for the age it is for....

    -keep.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    No.

    And what a bunch of gobbledegook in the story. Her response is inappropriate--stealing the book. So is the principal's response about reaching "reluctant readers".

    Reminds me of...what is it, fuzzy friends, where they have animals sticking forks into electrical outlets and such?



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    I am sure there are other books in that library I would have a problem with that the motehr in this article does not. Do I get to choose the books I don't like to be eliminated as well?

    If everyone gets to choose, that libray will end up empty.

    I teach my kids what is and is not acceptable and then they go out in to the world. If they get something unacceptable they meet with a consequnce. Pretty simple and seems to work.

    Now, I am not saying lets have a bunch of porn in the kidde sections, but the level of offense is probably higher than dead bunnies.

    By the way, my 13 year old son would probably laugh all the way thorugh that book from how it was described.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    no reason to burn or outlaw it... just remove it and stop libraries from buying it.

    that book is disgusting for the age it is for....

    -keep.
    Even for young adults? I would have totally loved that book when I was 13, and read stuff like Mad Magazine and Totally Tasteless Jokes.

    What the problem is here is that one mother is trying to impose her thoughts about what is appropriate/not appropriate on an entire community.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    I am sure there are other books in that library I would have a problem with that the motehr in this article does not. Do I get to choose the books I don't like to be eliminated as well?

    If everyone gets to choose, that libray will end up empty.

    I teach my kids what is and is not acceptable and then they go out in to the world. If they get something unacceptable they meet with a consequnce. Pretty simple and seems to work.

    Now, I am not saying lets have a bunch of porn in the kidde sections, but the level of offense is probably higher than dead bunnies.

    By the way, my 13 year old son would probably laugh all the way thorugh that book from how it was described.
    Excellent response. The library's responsibility is to provide materials for the entire population. It's the users' responsibility to choose what is appropriate for them and their children. If you don't like it, don't check it out, and don't let your kids check it out.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Excellent response. The library's responsibility is to provide materials for the entire population. It's the users' responsibility to choose what is appropriate for them and their children. If you don't like it, don't check it out, and don't let your kids check it out.
    I agree about libraries' responsibilities in general. In this case, it was the high school library, so parents probably have even less control over what is checked out from there versus a public library.


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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    I think that the general concept of "suicide" and teenagers is what wouldn't mix most with me. The fact that it's tasteless is entirely another matter--kids like tasteless.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyeah View Post
    I am sure there are other books in that library I would have a problem with that the motehr in this article does not. Do I get to choose the books I don't like to be eliminated as well?

    If everyone gets to choose, that libray will end up empty.

    I teach my kids what is and is not acceptable and then they go out in to the world. If they get something unacceptable they meet with a consequnce. Pretty simple and seems to work.

    Now, I am not saying lets have a bunch of porn in the kidde sections, but the level of offense is probably higher than dead bunnies.

    By the way, my 13 year old son would probably laugh all the way thorugh that book from how it was described.
    I agree. Much like with TV, I see it as the parent's responsibility to teach their kids right and wrong, and to be aware of what they're reading/watching/viewing online.

    If you had a section of the library just for kids up to age 10 or so, I would not want it stocked there. The kid was 13 - I read Sybil when I was 11, and it was a lot more messed-up.


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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    People need to lighten up. I was the youngest of 4 kids so by the time I came around my parents had given up on "protecting" me. Some of the first movies I remember seeing are "inappropriate" (i.e. Fatal Attraction, Eddie Murphy Delirious, Platoon, etc) but I never really got into much trouble as a kid. At the age of 11 I read "Bo Knows Bo" (Bo Jackson's a****iography) for a school book report. I had to edit my book report for content before handing it in.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    High school - yes
    Grade school - no

    It's a judgement call. You just have to understand if your kid is ready for satire and in high school we hit that in English class, so I was ready then.

    But why would the book be at a school anyways? Very little content...



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneAggie View Post
    I agree about libraries' responsibilities in general. In this case, it was the high school library, so parents probably have even less control over what is checked out from there versus a public library.
    Agree, but it still is the parent's responsibility to a) teach their kid what is appropriate/inappropriate to check out, even when they aren't there, and b) be a part of the kid's life enough to know what the kid is reading.

    The mom in this case was involved, which is good, but she is going about the challenge of the book all wrong.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    If I owned a bookstore in that town, I could make a fortune selling copies of that book now.

    I'd say the book is appropriate for a 13-year-old. I don't know why a school library would have it, though.



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    Re: Would you let your 13-year old read this book?

    Quote Originally Posted by clintr View Post

    But why would the book be at a school anyways? Very little content...
    Comics, anime, and Manga are making readers out of people that wouldn't normally read.



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