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September 23, 2011

Weekend discussion topic: banned books

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JOPLIN, Mo. —

Rerat remembered, as a student in middle school, when one of her friends brought in a trashy romance novel. Her friends kept the secret and took turns reading, she said -- they even marked the good parts of the book so that they wouldn’t have to read the whole thing. All that energy went into a book they knew they shouldn’t read, she said.

“Parents will have to get involved sooner or later,” Rerat said. “If kids want it, they will find a way to get it. So why not read a banned book with your kid?”

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Joe Hadsall is the features editor at The Joplin (Mo.) Globe

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