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

    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.
    I would have no problem letting a 13 read that book. I would not let my 8 year old read that. Your talking about an 8th grader. Remember 8th grade. Sneaking playboys was going down about that age.

    This is an overreaction. It's the thing to do nowdays. You have to overeact and act shocked at every stupid thing that happens. How do you make the news for stealing a library book? Why would you decide who get's to read a book. Is she god? Does she get to tell my kids what to read and what not to read.

    Look around at some of the halloween costumes this year when they come to your door. You will see 10 year olds dressed up like psychotic Clowns. You will see little kids Dressed as Darth Vadar who was pure evil.

    Killing bunnies in a book is just wierd humor.



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

    I would be happy that there is a 13 year old today that is actually reading a book and not playing PS3, some online game or just reading garbage online.



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

    If this kid had ever watched Cartoon Network after 10pm he has probably seen worse.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    Comics, anime, and Manga are making readers out of people that wouldn't normally read.
    But those usually have a plot. I think this book is just a series of sketches with titles. It's an okay piece of entertainment, but it's a stretch to say it has any educational value.



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

    It is compared to Far Side cartoons in some reviews I've seen.

    I just checked, and my neighborhood library has it. I just requested it.

    BTW, it is shelved in the adult non-fiction section.



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

    I want to go and read that book now! I wouldnt care if my 13 year old read it, could be worse. That mother probably doesnt let her kid watch PG-13 movies either.


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

    Does anyone remember "101 Uses for a Dead Cat"?

    I read that one as a kid, too. Likely how I became a mass murderer of cats.



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

    I remember telling dead baby jokes when I was around 13. Those were much more tasteless than anything in that book. I can respect a mother's decision not to let her son read the book, but it's not her place to determine what's appropriate for my kids.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneFan65 View Post
    I remember telling dead baby jokes when I was around 13. Those were much more tasteless than anything in that book. I can respect a mother's decision not to let her son read the book, but it's not her place to determine what's appropriate for my kids.
    ^^^^^^I agree^^^^^^

    If you don't want your kids to read something, that is great. I appreciate someone taking a personal interest in what their kids are exposed to. However, what MY kids are exposed to is MY responsibility, not some lady who obviously has too much time on her hands.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    I read Sybil when I was 11, and it was a lot more messed-up.
    Yes, Ang, we know that you were a precocious reader. I spent time in the adult section myself at that age (Ian Fleming might not have been "appropriate" either). But that's the point--it was the adult section, and not a school library. And not all kids are mature enough to handle material like Sybil.



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

    I'd prefer not to take parenting advice from a chic named 'Taffey'

    It seems like a worthless book for a school library to bother stocking but her methods are definitely wacked.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Aclone View Post
    Yes, Ang, we know that you were a precocious reader. I spent time in the adult section myself at that age (Ian Fleming might not have been "appropriate" either). But that's the point--it was the adult section, and not a school library. And not all kids are mature enough to handle material like Sybil.
    The point was not at all if I read a lot or above my age range (although I thank you for the pat on the head ). The point is that my parents sat down and discussed with me what the book was about and what those things meant before I read it. They realized that was their responsibility, not the school's. They knew my maturity level, and were involved in my reading.

    ...And I got that book out of the library at my middle school.


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

    It's not any worse than the "dead baby" jokes we used to tell as adolescents.
    Do kids say those any more?



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    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.
    I'm not usually one down for censorship, but there have to be certain lines drawn in the sand.

    When I was in 4th grade I checked out a book called "Talking About Sex and Growing Up." Let's just say that book had very little to do with "growing up" and a lot more to do with "talking about sex." Most of what was in that book I couldn't talk about on this site because I don't like the idea of getting banned over discussing a book I read 20 years ago (but to give you a little hint, it wasn't all that much different than that book from American Pie), but seriously, does a K-6 school really NEED a book like that in their library? I know I didn't get it for educational purposes (or, at least, not the educational purposes I was letting on to my parents when they found out I had that book).

    Kids younger than 12 years old already know how to have sex - do we not only need to be encouraging it, but giving them tips on how?


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

    Didn't it say "high School" in the article? I had to read Shakespear my freshman year. That had a 13 year old girl falling in love and having sexual relations with a rival families son. Then they both commit suicide. That's just one that stands out off of the top of my head. This woman is nuts. Yeah, it kind of sucks that there is stuff out there that you don't agree with morally, but you ban one, it opens the door to ban them all. If you don't want your kid to read it say, "Hey son, I'd really prefer if you didn't read that book." I could see if this were grade school. Maybe even Junior high I'd have to think twice. High school though. I'm sorry, but, if you aren't able to trust your kids with literature at that point, then we have more to worry about than a couple of book that you think you need banned.



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