I refer to the novel, not the content of this blog.
Earlier this week it came to my attention that the Blue Peter Awards removed the novel Trash from their shortlist because it has two swear words and one violent scene. The book is about the poverty-stricken youngsters that live, like so many of today’s unfortunates, on a rubbish site. They live by their wits and are in constant danger not only from the site they occupy, work, eat, sleep and generally survive in, but also from the other people who are there. I would expect the book to reflect all of the trauma these children go through and am now eager to read this book to find out if the swear words were used gratuitously and if the violence scene is so very harrowing as to endanger our children’s fragile minds. I shall report back this weekend on my findings.
Oh, it is interesting, is it not, that I searched high and low in the children’s section of my bookshop only to find the book in the teen section.