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Here's the hard truth about this life. Good doesn't always triumph. Justice isn't always served. People don't always change for the better. Life isn't clean, and we can't make it clean by blotting out all the sex, language, and violence that might come before our eyes. Likewise, we can't make things better by numbing ourselves to evil. 

It's a delicate balance, and one that requires discernment (a favorite word of Christian critics, I know, but a good concept.) There are plenty of people who use "clean" movies and books to absolve themselves of the very real evil in their own hearts. And it's to this kind of tendency we want to speak.

If we surround ourselves with an artificial "clean Christian" world, one where there are only happy endings, only inspiring acts of courage, only proper and elegant words, we're not only denying the truth about the world, but inventing our own. And it's one which doesn't show us how badly we need a Savior, or how much He really loves us.

So don't be the kid who covers his eyes during a game of hide-and-seek. The fact that you don't see evil doesn't mean it stops existing. Evil must be faced head on. Sometimes that means reading a book that's messy.

There's nothing wrong with having a tolerance level, nothing wrong with knowing your limit or having a standard. Tragedy happens naturally to children all the time, but that's no reason to force them into reading something inappropriate. People grow at different rates, and common sense should be exercised. Discernment, we recommend. Hiding, sheltering, cowering, and ignoring we do not.

This will look different for every person. We've given you some tools to help you navigate literature, and it's our hope you will do so in a spirit of honesty and love, not censorship and fear. 

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Our five content concern categories, otherwise known as FLAWS

F = Fighting/Violence
L = Language
A = Attitude
W = Worldview
S = Sex

Review by Lauren Shearer
Lauren Shearer writes words for fun and profit. She also makes films, but everyone knows you can't make a profit doing that. Her other hobby is consistently volunteering way too much of her time. You can read more of her reviews here.
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1954 Newbery Medal winner
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by Jasper Fforde
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1949 Caldecott Medal winner
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1949 Caldecott Medal winner
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by Lynd Ward
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1953 Caldecott Medal winner
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by Lynd Ward
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1953 Caldecott Medal winner
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by Lynd Ward
from Houghton Mifflin
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1953 Caldecott Medal winner
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by Lynd Ward
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1953 Caldecott Medal winner
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by Russell & Lillian Hoban
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by David Macaulay
from Houghton Mifflin
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1991 Caldecott Medal winner
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by David Macaulay
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$4.00 (1 in stock)
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by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth
from Atheneum
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Black Arrow
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by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Dover Publications
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in Action & Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$5.09
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by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N. C. Wyeth
from SeaWolf Press
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Historical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
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by Lloyd Alexander
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1966 Newbery Honor Book
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1966 Newbery Honor Book
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$9.60 (1 in stock)
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by Lloyd Alexander
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1966 Newbery Honor Book
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