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Re: This book and kids

Post by holsam_87 » 27 Apr 2018, 13:01

Considering how teens have been involved in discussions about guns since the shooting in Florida, I think that it would be beneficial for teenagers to read Final Notice. It would spark great conversations not only with parents, but perhaps with English classes. Plus it would probably work in the Current World Problems class that most high school seniors are expected to take.
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Post by teacherjh » 27 Apr 2018, 14:14

Because the book is so political and fairly one-sided, I would want to discuss it with my teen and give them a chance to see other viewpoints.
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Post by Lundemelia » 28 Apr 2018, 13:55

Depending on the maturity of the child/ teenager I think this book could be read by anyone, they just have to be able to understand the idea around the gun and be mature enough to see it as fictional writing.

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Post by dtb » 29 Apr 2018, 11:55

Kids today know all about gun violence. They are doing "active shooter" drills in elementary school. I think a book like this can provide a way for adults and young readers to have a productive conversation about guns, gun safety, and unintended consequences.

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Post by meadhbh » 30 Apr 2018, 02:22

I know for me personally, I read lots of books that might have been considered "inappropriate" for my age. I think it very much depends on the maturity level of the child. But books can definitely be a great way to spark a conversation about a particular issue.

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Post by SammiArch » 01 May 2018, 12:15

I don't think there is a specific age or gender a child should be to read this. I think it depends on the parents continuous involvement discussing such serious subjects, like gun control, if the parent/child decides to read that type of literature, the maturity of the child and the childs actual interest about the subject.
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Post by Rosemary Okoko » 02 May 2018, 02:13

I think this book can be read by kids depending on their age. Parents should then give them their piece of advise. Girls are unlikely to enjoy reading it.

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Post by Cenk » 03 May 2018, 07:36

A high-schooler might readily read such a book. Even elementary school kids are already used to playing "shoot-that-man" games on computers and smartphones and able to have access to "blood-n-gore" movies without parental supervision. But when people get real guns and start attacking others, this is not a result of movies or computer games. I totally agree with Michael Moore; those trigger happy murderers are a result of living in fear. A society living in fear cannot stop these killing sprees.

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Post by Palfree » 04 May 2018, 17:30

It depends on the age and maturity of the child. If a parent wants their child to read this book, they should read it together. This would allow the parent to be aware of the child's reaction. It be important for parents to discuss it with their child.

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Post by Snowflake » 04 May 2018, 20:11

It's always tough to comment generally when it comes to kids, teens, and books with difficult topics. I think it depends on the child and the people in his or her life. I think that some mature guidance would be of great benefit to any child/teen reading this book.
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Post by love_b00ks » 04 May 2018, 23:19

It is good if it allows conversations like that to start with our kids. It enables us to see their point of view and share our with them, so that we can see eye-to-eye.

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Post by Amondi Oluoch » 05 May 2018, 08:53

I don't think it's a really nice book for kids as it may probe issues with gun handling.
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Post by Jsatarain » 06 May 2018, 11:20

Its very interesting to read but i highly recommend it to the boys that are 15 or above that age

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Post by nikkyteewhy » 06 May 2018, 15:16

I would not recommend this book to kids. Though I will like to hear their opinion on gun control.

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Post by Helpme71 » 06 May 2018, 19:59

I think that, if the parents feel that their kid is mature enough to handle this type of book, then the kid should be allowed to read it. However, I also believe that the parents should have the discussion with their children as well about the current gun issues we constantly hear about, so that the children will not simply have a fictional or one-sided knowledge of gun issues.
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