How real is too real?

Parents of some middle and junior high students are nervously awaiting the summer reading lists their child will bring home.

Last year, some angry parents were offended by authors who pushed boundaries beyond acceptability for their child’s developmental level.

As books deal with the weighty and complex issues kids face today, some authors do not censor traits and behaviors of their characters. They argue that authenticity is essential to the story.

But how real is too real?

We’ll see where teachers and administrators set the boundaries this summer.


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