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Subject: Opinion on a book for a 13 year old
Date Posted: 10/1/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I just finished reading Treasures of the North by Tracie Peterson. I was going to recommend it to my aunt for my 13 year old cousin. However, I'm 24 and am not really sure if it's appropriate for a 13 year old. My first inclination is that it's fine, however I know that some things that I was allowed to read when I was 13 my aunt totally doesn't approve of. I thought I would check here to see what everyone thinks about this particular book/series. My cousin is homeschooled and this book had the added bonus of some history about it as well as 2 more books that she could read on the off chance that she likes it. So, thoughts?
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:57 AM ET
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well i started reading Janette Oke books when I was 8. I started with Tracie Peterson when I was around 12. IMHO there's nothing wrong with the book. Nothing offensive at all.  If she's into historical fiction, it shouldn't be a problem. If your aunt thinks it's too old for her, there are some good Christian YA fiction that's out there too like Melody Carlson or Robin Jones Gunn.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 9:11 AM ET
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I understand your concern. There are many books I would let my children read at a certain age - movies I might have let them watch (they are in Grad school now - they get to watch and read whatever they want. I just give them books to encourage them to READ- not that they don't, anyway; just that you never quit being a Mom), that I would hesitate to let other peoples kids watch or read on my watch (I am in school age child care) or on my suggestion. And the number one example of this has always been my sister. She is a very fundementalist Christian, I am a very Liberal Christain, our values on such things are essentially oppisite. Things I would let my kids read or watch without giving it a thought are off limits for her kids (like Harry Potter, for example) - things I would NEVER let my kids watch (reading I'm much more open about - read anything, just so you read), she let her kids watch, without her even being in the room with them. CSI, for instance - way to violent for my prefrence, to allow kids to watch. Once, I was at her house, I was getting ready to leave, and her kids - about 10 and 6 at the time, were watching CSI, while my sis was in the basement dealing with her Mary K inventory. I said, 'Guys, Your mom is not up here, I don't think you should be watching that.' They assured me that they were allowed to, so I said OK, and walked to the basement to tell my sister goodbye. I said, 'BTW, your kids are watching CSI'. She said, 'I know, they watch it every week. Usually the family watches it together, but I gotta get this done.' I said, 'Okay, I just thought you'd want to know, right now there is a Domanatrix in a leather corset getting ready to whip a client that she has hanging from the ceiling.' Most of that sentence was said to an empty room, from the floor, as my sister knocked me down to run up the stairs in her heels. What I do is describe the things I am worried about in detail, and let her decide. She can't read everything - so I just tell her what there is that she might have a problem with. Then she can decide yes, no, or that she wants to read it first.
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 12:23 PM ET
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Deborah- Thanks! I think I'll suggest this book then. She can read it first if she wants but I think overall it's okay. If not it can be saved for a later date. 

Latricia- My aunt wont let her kids read/watch Harry Potter either. I figured this book would be okay and it does talk a lot about the importance of faith and the importance of respect. I'll just send it to her and let her decide :)

I actually stumbled on this book by accident. I bought it because it was about Alaska which I like and then I started reading it and realized that it was something that might actually work for my cousin!

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:34 PM ET
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Yea, another funny story, more recent - my nephew is now 15. I came to his house, with my oldest son, (Who is in Grad school, and who LOVES Family Guy) to babysit my grandmother, who lives with that sister, one evening. My sister was already out when I got there, my nephew was in the family room so he would be able to get to Granny if she needed anything, till I got there. When I walked in, he was watching Family Guy, and since my son LOVES that show, we sat down and watched the end of it with him. It is not a show I would have let my kids watch when they were kids - or, well, if they really wanted to, I might have, if I were in the room to talk to them about it. But my sons, as I said, are grown now. This was a particularly disturbing episode, involving trasvestitism, homosexuality, beastility, adultry - just all kinds of bad things. I sat there somewhat shocked. When it was over, I turned to my 15 year old nephew and said, 'Wow, Chris, that was very disturbing. The problem is, as you know, your parents and I have such vastly different faith traditions that I don't even know where to begin to talk about that.' And he said, 'Don't worry, Aunt Trish, I watch it all the time.' I said, 'Your Mom lets you watch this show?' and he said, 'Yea, sure.' So, when my sis got home, I said, 'I think it's fine that you let him watch that, that's your call, I just wanted to tell you what was in this episode cause you might want to talk about it.' She looked at me funny for a minute then called my nephew in the room. She said, 'I thought you know that show was not acceptable?' And HE said, 'Don't worry, Mom, it's the only time I've ever watched it.' She looked at him for a moment, then said, 'Did you tell your Aunt Trish that you watch it all the time?' He looked at me, looked back at her, then sighed and said, 'Yes, I did tell Aunt Trish that.' My sister said, 'So you LIED to your Aunt?' To which my nephew answered, 'well, clearly, I am lying to ONE of you.' Gotta give the kid points for honesty.
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 2:02 AM ET
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Okay, NEVER read forum topics at 2 a.m.!! On first reading the heading of this post, I thought it said, "OPIUM given to 13 year old". Oy, do I need to get off here and go to bed.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 4:48 PM ET
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I haven't read the book you are talking about, but I HIGHLY recommend Sandra Byrd's YA fiction for a teen or preteen girl.

Subject: more YA books
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:44 PM ET
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Shirley Brinkerhoff's series is something I think all teen girls should read. Patricia Rushford's Jennie McGrady series was a must read when I was younger. I couldn't put them down. Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series and even Lori Wick are great. Lee Roddy is also good, the books are a little younger,but awesome story lines.