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I am a new middle school librarian, grades 6-8.  I want to order some =
books geared towards 8th graders, as our collection is really lacking in =
this area.  Here is my dilemma.  Some books that I have read and am =
thinking of ordering, such as _Burger Wuss_ or _When She Was Good_ have =
conflicting reviews in terms of age appropriateness.  Often I find that =
VOYA and SLJ differ in their opinions; one might recommend the books for =
8th and above, while the other recommends it for 9th and above or senior =

So I guess my question to you all is how do you decide when to put a book =
in your collection when the reviews are conflicting in terms of age level? =
 I know that some of the decision must come from the type of community I'm =
in, but that only gets me so far.  The two titles mentioned above are just =
a few that I can remember off the top of my head, but there are many that =
I have come across in this situation.  I feel (mostly) comfortable placing =
these two books in my collection, but because the reviews differ, am I =
setting myself up for failure if the books were to be challenged?

Any help or words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated! =20

Angela Vietti O'Kane
Media Specialist
Monticello Trails Middle School
Shawnee, KS 66226
(913) 422-1100

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