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  1. Erin
    June 15, 2011

    Well said, Shannon. Just getting our 14 year old freshmen to read is challenge enough and if The Hunger Games appeals to them, sobeit. I’d rather have them reading something. And if they learn from what they read and make different choices as result, even better.

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  2. Jennifer
    June 21, 2011

    Hear hear, Shannon! I almost got into a heated argument with a couple of “well-meaning” friends over this issue. Exposing young people to the darkness of human nature can be cathartic and instructive. It doesn’t destroy idealism or innocence. Kids can handle a lot more than we think, and sometimes we have to read work that disturbs us and shakes us to the core to convince us to work to make the world a better place.

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