Recommended to all ages
It has very positive messages for children of any age. The author renders the very complex emotions of maturing very cleverly, and gives it a very hopeful and aspirant tone throughout.
It is very disappointing and infuriating that some parents consider the whole book "profane" and "inappropriate" for the nickname "ass-turd" in which the character was used to be called. The word is only mentioned once throughout the book, and that is all of the "language".
Any kid encounters much worse "swearing" or "expletives" many times, even if the parents do not know. I too think that you should refrain from using crude language, but this book has nothing to do with validating it, and the reviews concerning this are taking the matter out of context and unfairly.
The parents need to grow up and not judge the content of any work solely by the language and conduct of the characters. Such thinking is very immature and one-dimensional.
This title contains:
Positive role models