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I have not yet read nor ordered this year's Newbery, but it is just a matter of 
time for my PreK-8th Grade school.

If that is the only objectionable part of the book, there is no reason to keep it 
from the students. I would like to make my own decision as to whether or not to put 
it on the shelf.   "Edward Tulane" did nothing for me, so I am anxious to read 
"Lucky". And, all the publicity will sell many more copies that it would have 

If a student asked what the word meant, depending upon the age, I'd have no trouble 
explaining the word, such as part of a boy's private parts.  It would be refreshing 
to hear a student report that he "was kicked in the scrotum" rather than the other 
slang words we hear from a very young age, actually. 

If a child wants to know what it means, then they are ready.  If they are not 
ready, the word just usually will go right over their heads.

I don't think I would have any trouble justifying it to our clientele.

Robin Chandler
Immaculata School
Media Coordinator
Hendersonville, NC

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