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Is threatening sexual violence to a child's mother and forced starvation appropriate in a book for primary school children?
on 15 January 2014
This book is not as strong as the first, so what? It's a series of books cynically engineered to get kids to play the video game that goes with it.
My issue comes when the final crisis at the end of this installment is precipitated by a threatening letter from an enemy to one of the child heroes: " imagine the starving faces of your family...imagine all the worse things than starvation that can befall a woman charged with betraying her lord...And if you do not?...they will starve this winter and the fate of your mother will be far crueller."
I hope my son is still naive enough to not take the same meaning from those phrases as an adult would. I have no intention of explaining to my 7 yr old what bad things can be done specifically to a woman because of this book. I think that books marketed to under 12s should be effectively rated 'U' or 'G' . I'm not impressed at the author's desire to shock children or at the editor's judgement.