15 F-Words is hardly "Sparing use of Profanity"
This is a well written story.. for the R-Rated over 17 crowd. It has graphic violence, body bags, blood, and child victims--including a car bomb exploding in a crowded marketplace with 3 little kids in the back. If a movie had 2 F-words it would be R.. this has 15 and about 40 other uses of profanity. The author throws in one other word that if Googled would provide pages of pornographic references, and this book was offered to my 12 year old 7th grader for Language Arts class. The review was helpful to me in calling it to the attention of the school principal, but when I read it myself, I was disappointed at how mild the review was when classifying the #!--Books should be held to the same standards as movies, music and video games, since reading profanities and obscenities is as harmful as hearing them. The author also portrays underage characters drinking alcohol in a war zone, which is in violation of General Article 1--and against the law. If the book was a video game, it would be rated M for Mature as the violence is realistic and extreme (death is extreme, right?) as well as persistant (the death of the 10 year old orphan is replayed throughout the book). There is also recreational trading of prescription painkillers by one of the soldiers who accidentally killed his sergeant. This book is not for children.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking