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Ms Bovington, Chobham Academy Book Group


Firstly, I would like to say that as an ADULT reader I felt that this was an interesting and well written novel. I will remember the story for a long time and I certainly appreciate the combined creativity and writing talent of the two authors. HOWEVER, this is not a book that I could in all seriousness recommended to my students, who are mainly in Years 7-10. The descriptions of child sexual abuse is simple too graphic for a book marketed for children.

When I am judging suitability of a book for students, I ask myself what certificate the novel would be awarded if it were a film. If the most graphic scene were filmed EXACTLY as described in the text, I feel that the film version of this book would be at least a certificate 15 or even an 18. However, I feel certain that a film director would find a clever way of depicting this scene without actually showing the audience the details that the book describes. It is a shame that the authors or the publisher purposely chose not to do this. I feel that the students that I work with will miss a great opportunity to experience the last novel written by Mal Peet - which is a great pity!

Perhaps it is time for CILIP Carnegie to create an additional separate category for Young Adult literature?

Posted on: 5th April 2017 at 04:00 pm

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