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There are, basically, two views on combining/not combining HS/MS Fiction :

To Combine :

1.  slower high school readers and advanced middle school readers get to
use a wider array of items

2.  less duplication of titles

Not To Combine :

1.  middle schoolers gain access to more "mature" materials, high schoolers
gain access to "easier reading" items for reports

Like every library decision, which decision is made depends mainly on your
school and its clientelle.

In particular, the issue of middle schoolers reading fiction depicting
sexual scenes, "bad" words, etc. is the chief concern I would have in this
decision, basing it on previous parents' reactions.

I've seen both in operation and found that the collection is better used
when combined, that the slower reader can feel confident that he/she is not
targetted for ridicule and middle schoolers tend to like certain authors or
topics that they stick with.

Earl P Sande
Elementary School Librarian
Director of Library Services
Carol Morgan School
Santo Domingo
Dominican Republic
e-mail :  sandes@codetel.net.do

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