Monument 14

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Suspenseful survival story will grip teen readers.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 21 reviews

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age 13+

Engrossing for Reluctant Readers... But Sex, Drugs & Violence

**This is a worthwhile read, but just know what your child is getting into*** My 12 year old son grabbed this title from his MS classroom library based solely on the cover, but said it was "really good". I realized it was when he'd read for a solid hour without timing himself (usually he'll set a timer for 30 minutes and keep checking to see how much time is left). Based on his interest, I picked it up and started reading-- it sucks you in, that's for sure. The first 100 pages or so are devoted to surviving one catastrophe after another, including adults who become extremely violent due to the influence of a chemical weapon. However, most of the violence at this point is inferred and happens "out of sight". I was a bit surprised by all the references to teenage sexuality and sex-- a 13 year old girl keeps trying to get the older boys attention by dressing in skimpy clothing and posing provocatively; there's a scene where a junior and senior boy and girl remove clothing and attempt to have sex (that one was the most shocking); then later a girl is sexually assaulted by an adult-- these passages in the book are not graphic, but did cause my son to feel uncomfortable. We did talk about it after he "read" the pages and shared our values/beliefs on the subject matter , also asked what he'd do in the same situation--he said he skimmed over many parts that he felt weren't "appropriate" (his words). There is also a shooting and a murder, so be prepared for another chat. There are also quite a few passages that have the high school students in the book drinking and taking drugs-- but again, an opportunity to share our family values. There is some "appropriate swearing", but the harsher words are inferred with dashes. All-in-all it's an engaging read and without the few passages mentioned, would be very appropriate for all middle schoolers. As it stands, it's best to know what your child is getting into when picking up this book.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

My 12 yo son loved the story...I hate the content issues

My 12 yo son got a hold of this book through his middle school library during a book swap. All in all, he loved the story. He was very uncomfortable with the sexually explicit scenes in particular and also the language. I *firmly* believe this book is NOT suitable fort middle school students! It may be a fantastic read otherwise, but kids this age should not be expected to be able to make sense of the mature nature of these scenes and some of the choices that the characters made, like glorifying drug and alcohol use. Librarians: If you use these reviews to vet books for your middle school libraries, I BEG you to exercise caution in selecting this title. I would even ask you to consider mediating somehow, so that perhaps you could warn parents their children have selected a book with mature content so they can be aware. A note home or an email would have been sufficiuent notice for this mom, who was none too pleased to discover the inappropriate content of this book unto it was too late.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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