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2.0 out of 5 stars "Language" issues, August 14, 2009
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Shame on ME for not having read it first, but I purchased this for my 8-year-old daughter who is a voracious and advanced reader. This book (and other children's books by Hiaasen) came very highly recommended. However, my daughter got very upset the first time she saw the word "damn" used and even more upset when she ran across the word "dumbass." Obviously it was a little bit of an overreaction on her part, but understandable for a child who has been told these words are bad.

I am a great fan of Hiaasen's work, but in hindsight--given the subject matter of his novels--it seems like a preview on my part would have been wise.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2010 2:41:06 PM PDT
Js says:
Good God in Heaven!

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 9:01:26 PM PDT
Last Mango says:
As a school librarian, I always appreciate other readers' concerns, so please keep reviewing. One thing that does surprise me, and not just from this review and this book, is that swear words become upsetting but people getting killed or getting their arms blown off seems to be OK. It's a strange world we live in!

Posted on Mar 27, 2011 9:15:51 AM PDT
Bruce Spitz says:
Well, we all have a right to our opinions but 'heavens to betsy' I'm glad you were not my parent. Who knows how damaging my inevitable, escapist teenage revolt would have been. Hold on tight!... you are in for a storm of your own making!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2011 6:00:43 AM PDT
And we all have the right to bring up our children as we see best. If this reviewer wants to set the bar high, more power to her.
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