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#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks
So I think this was a very well written book for our times. It is “marketed“ towards 10 years olds, and I don't feel like it is appropriate for this age group. Marketing it towards High School students seems much more appropriate.
There are some very graphic and detailed ideas about very adult topics.
In KC area it was challenged by a a group of people wanted to remove it from a public library

cwarnier I think that the library has every right to have it on their self. Do I agree that it is in the kids section, no. But parents also need to take responsibility about what their kids are reading as well. If you don't like it don't let your kids read it.
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 14mo
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Who loves to read banned books?
Recently this book has been controversy around Kansas CIty. The public library has it in the kids section and I checked it out from the library to see what it was all about.

What are your favorite Banned Books you have read?

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This was the primary book I read with Maya when she was in elementary school to help with sex ed. When I saw it on the Banned Books list, I decided to reread it. It is hands down my absolute favorite book for kids on the subject, and it's a shame it makes the Top 10 #bannedbooks list. It teaches that some words that go along with “sex“ are respect, trust, joy, and justice. It teaches anatomically correct terms and that these body parts ⬇ ⬇

alisiakae are not bad or shameful. It talks about gender identity, and alternative ways to show respect and love if you are not comfortable hugging someone or shaking hands. It is age appropriate and superbly done. #booked2020 #bannedbooks #bookspinbingo @cinfhen @barbarathebibliophage @thearomaofbooks 2y
Velvetfur That sounds like a great book! My friend's kids are too young to be reading or understanding anything right now (!) but I'm going to recommend this to them anyway. Thanks for your review! 👍🏻 2y
alisiakae @Velvetfur I think I started using it when maya was in 3rd it 4th grade. It doesn‘t actually explain intercourse or how babies are created, but sets a great foundation for that subject (edited) 2y
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Velvetfur @4thhouseontheleft ah ok, we don't have the grade system in the schools here but my friend's little boy is 4 and has just started school, my other friend's boy is 3 and she has a new baby too 😁 The friend with the 4-year-old will love this, I'm sure 👍🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
Cinfhen Great review!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like I should recommend this to our son for our 10 y.o. granddaughter. She thinks she's *sooo* worldly, but I'm sure this would be a good idea. 2y
alisiakae @BarbaraTheBibliophage I think this is definitely a great pic for a 10 year old 2y
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The Abstinence Teacher | Tom Perrotta
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I think @Reggie made an important point about why I like Tom Perrotta books and other people feel lukewarm: his characters are morally ambiguous.

I don‘t love books with these characters, but I will reread them like crazy! I find I‘m more likely to get a different take on these books than ones with a more consistent good/evil axis.

Strangely enough, I feel disappointed if a short story collection doesn‘t have ambiguous characters. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Megabooks Thank you for your insight @Reggie ! 💜 2y
Reggie You‘re welcome. I remember being in my 20‘s and reading Little Children thinking-what the hell is going on in the suburbs. But he was probably closer to the truth than I gave him credit for. They didn‘t create a show called Desperate Housewives because everyone was behaving. Lol anyways, I also liked his Mrs. Fletcher. (edited) 2y
Megabooks @Reggie I think Election is my favorite, but I really like Mrs. Fletcher too. Little Children is my next of his to reread! 2y
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Hooked_on_books I like morally ambiguous characters. They‘re more real. Especially in our “everything has to be black or white, right or wrong, us or them” world, they are a refreshingly nuanced, real middle ground. 2y
TheLudicReader Morally ambiguous characters are all of us. Who‘s perfect? Sure as hell not me. 2y
Chelsea.Poole That makes total sense! I prefer to read about characters who are more lifelike and to me that's not a perfect person or a totally evil one. 2y
Reviewsbylola I love Perrotta too. Morally ambiguous feels genuine to me. Maybe that‘s why I like his books so much. 2y
reluctantangeleno Flawed and complex characters are a must for me, because that is real life. We're all good sometimes and pieces of shit at other times, and if a book doesn't capture that reality of being a human being, it doesn't speak to me at all! 2y
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes, I think your point about the binary of the world right now, especially on social media (other than Litsy), it‘s nice to read about a neighborhood or a school where everyone is a bit screwed up and a lot real. 2y
Megabooks @TheLudicReader exactly. If it gets too binary, right/wrong, I might as well pop in a Marvel movie. Not that there‘s anything wrong with that, but most of the time I like more true-to-life characters. 2y
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole yes! It‘s refreshing for a character to behave unexpectedly or be imperfect. 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola yes!! Perrotta‘s great. I think Reggie definitely nabbed why I like him. 2y
Megabooks @reluctantangeleno preach!! That is so true. I find this type of book so much more interesting. I think I also like it when authors push reality a bit...make someone 2% worse than they‘d behave in real life. Emma Cline did that so well in Northeast Regional in her new short story collection 2y
Chelsea.Poole @Megabooks oh no, now you've made me want to try 2y
reluctantangeleno @Megabooks I looooved The Girls, but haven't picked up Daddy yet! Worth the investment, sounds like! Thanks for the recommendation 👍🏻 2y
Megabooks @reluctantangeleno @Chelsea.Poole I hope y‘all do try it! I really enjoyed it. 2y
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The Abstinence Teacher | Tom Perrotta
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This is one of those mediocre books I love.

The plot is interesting. It‘s W era abstinence politics playing out between an evangelical church and a small town health (sex ed) teacher. Caught between is a former addict, soccer dad, and recent convert to the church.

While I like this book, I‘d hesitate recommending it. There‘s something unfinished about it. The narration is just okay too. 3.5⭐️🎧

Reggie Tom Perrotta always writes those morally ambiguous situations and characters. 2y
Megabooks @Reggie totally agree. That‘s why I love him. I love open ended stories. (That‘s what makes me such a short story fan.) And I think that‘s one reason that some readers get frustrated with Perrotta. This book gets 5⭐️ in my heart and desire to reread. I love rereading Perrotta‘s books. He‘s an author I get something new from every time. But I don‘t think this is his best work. 2y
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Book mail for work. I‘m putting together a shelf of sex positive resources for a variety of ages for work. Please feel free to let me know if you have recommendations.

ShelleyBooksie I just ordered 2 for my younger kiddo - will go grab the titles for ya 2y
Chrissyreadit @ShelleyBooksie that would be great- thank you so much! 2y
ShelleyBooksie The Care and Keeping of You is one of them- we are currently reading this one and she really connects - she is 8 2y
Chrissyreadit @ShelleyBooksie I love that one! My daughter read it at the same age- but I had forgotten about it! Perfect! 2y
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My goals for #SuperSeptember:

📚 Average 90 minutes of reading a day
📚 Read a banned book (I‘be actually read Sex is A Funny Word a few years ago with Maya, reading this time with an eye on why it is on 2019‘s banned books list
📚 Finish at least 2 of the 3 books on the bottom row
📚 Go on at least 2 audiowalks

Andrew65 Great goals, good luck 😊👍 2y
wanderinglynn Probably on the banned list just because it dares talk about sex! 🤭 Its right there on the cover—the horror! 😱 And if you talk about it, then kids are likely to do it! (edited) 2y
alisiakae @wanderinglynn I think I saw somewhere it was because it contains families and people with various gender identities. And yeah, the whole subject of the book...the horror! 🙄 (edited) 2y
wanderinglynn So not only does it talk about sex, it talks about non-hetero families?!? I am shocked! Why Miss Alisia, I may just faint dead away right here from all this naughty talk. 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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Story of Me (Revised) | Stan Jones, Brenna Jones
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2/4 😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 📖 #LitsyHumor 📖