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Re: This book and kids

Post by Sushan » 23 May 2018, 12:34

The underlying story about guns will not go strongly in to mind of much younger children. Teens may get it but I can remember when I was in my teens, I had a completely different idea about being hostile and using hostility to solve problems. So I do not think they most of them might agree with the real picture which is depicted by this fiction
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Post by P0tt3ry » 23 May 2018, 13:53

I wouldn't hesitate to share this book with teenagers who were ready for mature subject matter. It contains a lot of social issues to discuss, besides guns, and would be a good group project.

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Post by Riszell » 24 May 2018, 20:52

Adults are very careful at keeping pointed objects and dangerous weapons away from kids. I think the same goes for the topic this book covers. I believe they should be taught at proper age, when they are old enough and ready. Let kids be kids and have fun.

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Post by shidawn » 24 May 2018, 22:35

I don't think this would be an appropriate book for a young child, but I think a teen could handle it well. While there is a lot of violence, it doesn't go into graphic detail. Plus, I know a lot of teens are reading books with more graphic violence than this and watching television/movies with more graphic detail. I think that a teen could benefit from reading this book. It could lead to a great discussion on the teen's feelings about guns.

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Post by Bukari » 26 May 2018, 04:42

I am afraid when we allow our kids to read this story. Because children always want to try whatever they witness adults do. So, they can grab a gun to run a test trial on their colleagues.
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Post by Brittany J » 30 May 2018, 12:31

I think ultimately it depends on the child's level of maturity, but I think teenagers could handle this book. They are at an age where relevant topics like this need to be introduced and discussed rather than shielded from them.

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Post by Paul78 » 03 Jun 2018, 16:27

I also do not recommend the children to read this book. It may make them think of the elderly in an unbalanced manner which is not what we would wish for our senior citizens.
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Post by Carris72 » 05 Jun 2018, 11:05

When it comes to guns, this book depicts the unfortunate reality. I don't think children should be shielded from such reality, especially if they are old enough to understand. I think this will reduce their probability of yielding to negative peer influence.

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Post by CheyenneR » 18 Jun 2018, 22:25

I think a more mature child would enjoy this book because they would have the ability to read between the lines and have a mature discussion about it. Especially as it deals with school shootings and that is, sadly, very relevant in today's society.

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Post by Jillpillbooknerd » 10 Jul 2018, 08:17

I feel like the would be a great book for teenagers but not for younger children. There is violence but it's not anything more graphic than what they are seeing on the news these days. It would also spark a great discussion about guns and gun control.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 01 Aug 2018, 19:48

Kids shouldn't read this but teenagers can.
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Post by mac83 » 30 Aug 2018, 12:55

My son is younger so he won't be reading the book, but I did take him with me when I learned how to shoot. He was excited for me to learn, but at the same time he understands guns are not toys. He understands the concept of using a gun to protect oneself, but not to go out and hurt others willingly or out of retribution.
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Post by Rain18 » 17 Sep 2018, 08:05

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I would find a better book for a child to read that was more balanced. This book is meant to be a social commentary but it is very limited in the scope of discussion regarding the topic. I would want my child to read something (on any issue) that did a better job of explaining why the issue is as complex and it is.
I agree that a more balanced book would be more appropriate for young adults. I specifically say young adults because I don't look at it from the perspective that a 16 year old is not old enough to handle a conversation about guns. I've got a 16-year old son at home and I can tell you that any topic that I, or my husband, do not speak with him about, his peers are prompt to educate him on. You can't shield your children, but you can ensure that they get accurate information and that they use the information responsibly. Between peers and video games, kids nowadays are more knowledgeable about guns than a lot of adults. This book deals with many other issues that I don't believe would be "educational" for young adults, and I don't believe that was the author's intention. So, no I would not recommend this book for young adults.
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Post by jjmainor » 30 Sep 2018, 23:13

If we're talking about teenagers, I don't see an issue. When you say "kids," I tend to think of 10 and under, and I would say this book is not for them.

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Post by DC Brown » 19 Oct 2018, 22:16

I don't think gender is an issue with reading this book. It's making sure that one gets to the end and then reasons on the way things turned out. And to remember that this is, after all, fiction and not real life. Reading the same books in the family is great for discussions. My husband and I enjoy different points of view much of the time.

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