This beautifully written novel tells the story of 12-year-old Rabble, who lives with her mother and her best friend's family in a small Appalachian town.
1. What is the purpose of the paragraph describing how to "flip off" someone?
2. Could you not have left out "dumb-a.."?
3. The paragraphs regarding Mrs. Bigelow being "sewed up down there after giving birth" and "wondering how she would go to the bathroom after being all sewed up" were totally inappropriate.
4. The paragraphs about Mrs. Bigelow baring her breast standing in the middle of the pond, trying to force her 4 year old son to nurse, & baptizing him to the point of almost drowning him were more than inappropriate. Depicting her mental illness could have been told with another story.
5. Rabble sees her Mother & Mr. Bigelow kiss--do we need to promote this to our kids?
6. I understand that it was written in character dialect, but there were very few sentences that were grammatically correct.
I am not living in a shell. I do discuss life's problems with my daughter. I realize she is only 7 reading a book intended for 10 year olds. I wouldn't want her to read it then. I have insisted that the book be read only out loud to me so that I can scan ahead of her & suggest I read every now & then to be able to skip the junk. Actually it has taken her longer than normal to read this book, because she tries to correct all the grammatical errors as she reads.
I have talked with several friends & school personnel. I am requesting that the book be removed from the school's program.