Dumplin'

Book review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Smart, funny, body-positive coming-of-age story.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Nice story about diversity, a fun read

This is a fun read for older teens. My issue for younger kids is there is much talk about sex and some pretty descriptive scenes surrounding sex and kissing. Language can be strong in spots, and it is completely unneeded. I feel the author missed the mark by adding in what she thinks kids want, which is sex and language, This book would have been absolutely perfect of a younger teen if she had just removed some of that which detracted from the story. Overall, for older teens it is a fun read and lighthearted!

This title has:

Too much sex

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