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I'm weighing in rather late on Pi, but after reading
the other comments, I thought I would add my take.  

My reading of the book is that the reader is very much
part of the story:  we get to a certain point and then
realize that we've swallowed this whole fantastic tale
because it has been told believably, and then all of a
sudden it's so far out that we begin to very very
seriously question the realiability of the narrator. 
I loved all that.

Wouldn't a young reader miss the subtlety of the
"reliable narrator" issue?  Wouldn't it be better for
him to wait until he can recognize the subtlety and
enjoy the complexity of those kinds of questions?  To
me, this addresses the real issue of "reading age,"
and I'm sorry when people rush children into
wonderfully textured books just because there's no
problem with sex or language.

Debbie Allen
Sudduth Elementary School
Starkville MS

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