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