Is swearing in YA fiction ever justified? Are authors who choose to bowdlerize their own texts ever right to do so, asks our new face and YA author Colin Mulhern this week. Britain’s grande dame of children’s books, Jacqueline Wilson, recently got into hot water when she used the word twat… as many as three parents complained, stores removed the offending title, and her publisher deftly substituted i for a. Meanwhile, kids watch all kinds of horrors on telly and in video games… double standards, anyone?
Eve Harvey sounds alarm bells about the vanishing of Public Lending Right, Donna Ballman is puzzling over the fate of the picture book, and Dave Bartram‘s… up to his warm fuzzy ears in hounds. Listen and you’ll see.
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Other topics on tonight’s show include:
- Johnny Depp leads schoolkids mutiny
- Succour for the friendless
- Vladmir Putin’s ego-tastic calendar
- Pizza Express teaches Polish girls how to flirt
This week’s titles for the Commissioning Meeting are:
“The Flamp, The Ameliorator, and The Schoolboy’s Apprentice”
Lucas, E. V. (Edward Verrall), 1868-1938
“Early Double Monasteries: A Paper read before the Heretics’ Society on December 6th, 1914”
“Floor Games; a companion volume to “Little Wars””
H. G. Wells (Herbert George), 1866-1946
“Foch the Man”
Clara Elizabeth Laughlin, 1873-1941
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