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NOT FOR KIDS - Questionable Language and Moral,
This review is from: Shades of Simon Gray (Hardcover)
The language used in this book has a lot to be desired, especially for a book being read by children. My thirteen year-old son started reading it for school. He realized it was not something he should be reading and alerted me. I then read the book and totally agree!
Also, the outcome of the story teaches kids that it is okay to cheat if you get away with it:
For three years of high school, Simon and his friends cheat by accesssing exams on the school's computer. The authorities suspect Simon until it is found that a teacher is allowing football players access to the school's computers using his password. The football players view pornography on the internet and the teacher gets in trouble for permitting it. Since these students had access to school information through the computers there is no way of finding out who was actually accessing and printing the tests. Simon and his friends get off the hook and are never caught.
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Initial post: Dec 7, 2011 10:58:38 PM PST
The "moral of the story" is not "it's okay to cheat." Most of the characters felt riddled with guilt by their actions, knowing what they had done was wrong, and it nearly killed Simon. Just because some characters in a book do something wrong and get away with it doesn't mean the author is encouraging that behavior.
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