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Jacob: Were you just smoking and chewing tobacco at the same time?
Ricky: What are you, my mom?
Jacob: Do I look like I blow truckers for food stamps?”Why, Mr Riggs, why? I can’t for the life of me figure out why this line ended up in a kids book. Yes, I understand that Jacob is troubled, and that by saying something so shocking to Ricky, he loses his only friend. But surely the author could’ve come up with an equally friendship-ruining scene that didn’t include the phrase “blow truckers”?
I don't have children so I won't presume to add my two cents, other than to say I admire not only your well written article and thoughtfulness on this subject, but (especially) how you are teaching your children to value books.ReplyDelete
It's been awhile since I've read this book, and I don't remember that line at all! My oldest daughter is eleven, and yes, I think I'd have a problem with her stumbling across that line of dialogue. I've seen it shelved in the YA section, but with the word "children" in the title, you never know what age group might pick it up, especially with the photos.ReplyDelete
I remember being so intrigued by the book's description and of course the photographs, but disappointed in about the last third of the story. I don't remember why now...it's been more than a year since I read it...only that I struggled to get through the end.