[DWJ] list for book
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Thu Jul 6 20:31:51 EDT 2006
Elizabeth G. Holtrop wrote:
> I feel sure I've run into some teen books with the f-word.
Unless they were all adult books that I read as a teen? I
wish I could remember. In any case, the f-word may put off
parents, but speaking quite honestly, its presence in a book
was enough to raise my opinion of the book when I was a teen.
Okay, granted, I was a bit of an intellectual rebel, and it's
probably not a good criterion to use for list selection in any case....
Yes such books exist, but more from ignorance of parents
than tolerance. Although that's changing. I mostly
remember as a teen reading things like _Catcher In the Rye_
and thinking how wicked I was being reading such a book
that uses such language. That dates me, of course. (I'm
To bring this back on topic, I vote for _Witch Week_,
definitely. We are trying to recruit readers, and the
Harry Potter crowd is quite a large one. Besides the
fact that it is quite good, and subversive, like all
good teen lit. Remember the interrogation room? It
was the *kids* who described all the torture/SMBD
apparatuses [apparati?] in that room!
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