Monday, September 7, 2009

Saturday Morning Insights

This post is a few days late, but I have good reason. Usually, I write on Saturday mornings, but this past Saturday the tailgating action of Notre Dame was already underway. I did not have access to internet nor was I in the mood after a traffic jammed, construction frenzy drive to Indiana Friday night. Needless to say, it was nice to have a break from the children and watch ND kick some serious Nevada tail.

Enough of the excuses and on to the insights. I must start off by telling everyone about a book I just finished by an excellent author. This book has really put my mind in a whirlwind. The book has once again opened up the discussion of young adult literature. The genre as a whole contains such a wide range of audience. The book I read is not suitable for middle school in my opinion, but it is one of the best books I have read due to the range of emotions I went through. This author is also one who I pre-order every book she writes and when I finish one of her books it stays with me for a very long time. What I am saying is that here I have a young adult book that is worth every star I could give it, but I won't suggest it to any student and middle school because of what all happens. Is this censorship which I am against? In a way it is, but I also look at it from an educator and parent perspective and realize there is no reason for anyone under the age of 15 to read the book. So this brings up my question that has not left my head all day and that is,

"Should there be two categories for young adult?"

I think it is question that has been brought up before and one that needs to be raised again. I am stuck in a rock and a hard place. On one side I want to give the book all the publicity that I can because I love the author and the novel. On the other side I know who my audience is of this blog and I don't want them going out to read the book because they are not ready for the content on a maturity level to grasp what the author is trying to convey(by the way if you want to know the book, just ask me in the hallways or email and I will tell you if you are an adult). I debate the situation all day and choose to keep the book silent.

Well, I am off to get ready for tomorrow and move on to another book that I know will not do for me anything like the one I just read. This is the negative side to reading a book that stops you in your tracks.

On to better things and don't forget about Reading Rainbow.....
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