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The S word

Posted by Jan Gardner  February 19, 2007 11:33 AM

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A children's book that wins an award does not usually make the front page of The New York Times. But one with the word "scrotum'' did yesterday.

"The Higher Power of Lucky'' by Susan Patron last month won the Newbery award, one of the finest achievements in children's literature. Since the inclusion of the controversial word was publicized, librarians, parents, writers and others have been weighing in.

Writing on The Huffington Post, Patricia Zohn sums it up:
Words "can be weapons every bit as sharp as knives. The N word, the F word, the C word, can all bring out the anger in our society. But the word scrotum is really not very scary.''

Gelf Magazine, with the motto"Looking Over the Overlooked,'' has come up with a list of books for young people that contain the S word.

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