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Adult Written bymoviemadness April 9, 2008

Classic Tale

Violence, sex, and a manipulative priest makes this more suitable for 14+. Good book. Religious parents should know that religion is protrayed as dangerous.
Parent of a 13 year old Written bykissleb February 24, 2010

An 8th grade review

We enjoyed the beginning and middle, but the end was a disappointment. This book should be read in school or at home when discussions can be had and content explained.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent Written byMom in Maryland February 23, 2012

Burn it, and Ban it forever - Movie is R rated - book would be NC17

This is a terrible book. It has swearing, every word, you can imagine. It TEACHES kids HOW TO BULLY other kids, and get away with it, you might call it a manual. It is # 3 out of 100 most banned or challenged books. It is defamatory towards Catholism. It shows priests who are teachers who endorse the bullying, and stand by and watch (not a message we need kids to read about). It has graphic sexual scenes, that would make girls under age 19 feel uncomfortable. It describes purchasing Playboy by child "who just turned 14" but bought the Playboy when he was younger. It is not a book for children, period. The movie is rated R, and has a different ending (haven't seen it yet.) This book would be NC 17, which is worse than R, but not quite X rated. It is a book that should be read by an adult FIRST, and THEN determine if the child should read it. It glorifies smoking, and manipulation of adults by teens. The author attended Catholic schools, and clearly had a desire to create false and misleading stories about the Catholic schools. They describe a priest hitting a studen across the face with a pointer. This is unncessary literature for any one.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 4, 8, 10, 12, and 15 year old Written byinspiredby February 24, 2010

For Adults not children

Well written but way too much language. I wouldn't want my children to read this.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bybaybayroop April 9, 2008
Adult Written byfr0stedshad0w April 9, 2008
Parent of a 13 year old Written byBarbwire0216 January 11, 2013

Catchy & appropriate as a symbol of the underlying battle over chocolate candy sells.

I think those parents that feel it is too mature for 13-15yr olds are out of touch w/the world. Just because you don't read about it, doesn't mean it's not going on all around our teens. To face it & talk about it is much better than peer presure.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 10 year old Written byjharri02 November 17, 2009

Parents get involved

Parents should read the book first then have discussions about issues - sex, bullying, etc.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Parent Written bysharons9 February 19, 2016

No point to this book

The poor kid gets beat up and mistreated again and again, with even the people who should have put a stop to this nonsense turning a blind eye. Don't even bother, unless you want your kid to have a real negative outlook on humanity. I had to force myself to muscle through this thing, hoping it would get better by the ending. It did not.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 August 29, 2012

the chocolate war

Families can talk about the significance of the quote on a poster in Jerry's locker -- "Dare I disturb the universe?" -- and how it relates to the book as a whole. What take-away do your teens have about whether Jerry's actions are positive or negative? If you wantedto "disturb the universe" in your own way, how would you do it? Who arethe most powerful characters in Cormier's book? What does that sayabout the very nature of power itself?
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byOthello48 April 26, 2010
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 10 year old Written bysabrina1234 April 18, 2010
i hate it toooo sexual
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking