Patrick "Knife of Never Letting Go" Ness's List of Ten Unsuitable Books for teenagers.
Kids sitting indoors spending summer reading about Kids playing in the summer.
I hate this kind of thing. 11-year-olds are people. They have taste. They have interests. They should read whatever the hell they enjoy and find interesting. This kind of list is a good way to make books into the cultural equivalent of taking your medicine.
I agree that enforcing a reading list is a terrible idea, but as an 11-year-old I very much appreciated recommendations. I had taste, and I read what I wanted to read, but that didn't stop me from wanting to hear about what other people enjoyed. Simply having a list would be a great tool for parents/guardians, but I agree that you shouldn't force kids to read the books. Just let them browse and discover.
Oh, I have no problem with recommendations, and I don't even really have problems with lists. What I'm not crazy about is the idea that there are books that "every eleven-year-old should read," as if "eleven-year-olds" is a meaningful category for book recommendations.
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