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Discuss the April 2015 book of the month, "Paper Towns" by John Green.
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Post by ebfielder » 18 Mar 2016, 11:14

What grade level would you recommend this book? My sixth graders are reading this but I think it is a bit inapproiate for their level. Opinions?

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Post by laceyreads » 22 Mar 2016, 17:40

I think that Paper Towns is appropriate for eighth grade and up... But that's just my opinion.

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Post by Book2Book » 26 Apr 2016, 08:23

It does deal with some tough subjects. It all depends on the maturity of the 6th graders. If they're reading Hunger Games/Twilight already this will be fine for them.

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Post by Yoshimaster55 » 25 May 2016, 23:02

I would say high school age. I don't think the theme of suicide is something that should be encouraged among younger readers.

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Post by fari30 » 11 Aug 2016, 11:00

I read Paper Towns when I was in 7th grade but even before then, I had read books containing tough subjects and agree that it depends on how mature the 6th graders were. When I think back to my sixth-grade class, I'd say at least a third of them would read Paper Towns, enjoy it, dissect it and discuss it and be done with it. While another third would laugh through the entire thing, make weird innuendos that made no sense or be scarred for life. The other third wouldn't touch a book with a 10-foot pole. So, really, it all depends on the students, their maturity, their experiences and how they react to certain things.
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Post by Genaaa » 10 Sep 2016, 02:59

I personally think it all depends on the maturity level of who's reading it. Especially now a days, kids are being introduced to harder topics earlier on. This of course is important, but it ultimately leads to whether or not it's acceptable at a certain age.

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Post by MerryLove » 11 Oct 2016, 20:17

I absolutely agree with what others have said before. While a middle school grade would be appropriate, it would depend on the culture and experiences of the kids that go to that school. Some kiddos are exposed to difficult topics earlier in life than others, and if the group of kids has that experience as a whole, they may indeed be ready for it by 6th grade.

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Post by AliceofX » 13 Mar 2017, 01:51

I think we often have this "monkey see, monkey do" attitude when it comes to kids or teens. As far as the book's complexity, it's perfectly readable to pre-teens and up, but I don't think reading it, even if it is "inappropriate", is going to have as much influence as some people would think.

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Post by MarvelGirl » 19 Apr 2017, 17:49

ebfielder wrote:What grade level would you recommend this book? My sixth graders are reading this but I think it is a bit inapproiate for their level. Opinions?
Sixth grade doesn't sound too inappropriate. John Green's "Looking for Alaska" sound probably be read in high school, but I think that "Paper Towns" is fine in a middle school setting.

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Post by Naval Aulakh » 09 Jul 2017, 06:08

There are a few subjects in this book that are not appropriate for 6th grade students but it is not a big deal these days. It depends upon the maturity of the reader.
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Post by gaporter » 19 Jul 2017, 12:02

I think this might be more appropriate for 9th or 10th graders. A high school graduation is a very abstract concept for 6th graders, I'd think, because it's still 6 years away for them. Freshmen and sophomores, though, would understand the importance of these situations because they see their peers going through it and can count the days until they reach that stage as well. While the themes of empathy, truly listening to other people, etc are relevant for all age groups, I think the topics of suicide and sexual innuendos are also more appropriate for a slightly older audience. I also think that high schoolers could better relate to the characters and understand that the relationship between Margo and Quentin is not exactly healthy or ideal, which a younger audience might not fully understand.

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