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ls317 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 08:07 PM
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The higher power of lucky
Edited on Sat Feb-17-07 08:08 PM by ls317
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/18/books/18newb.html?ex=...


The word scrotum does not often appear in polite conversation. Or childrens literature, for that matter.

Yet there it is on the first page of The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron, this years winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in childrens literature. The books heroine, a scrappy 10-year-old orphan named Lucky Trimble, hears the word through a hole in a wall when another character says he saw a rattlesnake bite his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.

Scrotum sounded to Lucky like something green that comes up when you have the flu and cough too much, the book continues. It sounded medical and secret, but also important.
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-17-07 08:12 PM
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1. I don't understand the big deal.
It's just a word; just a body part. If my daughter was in the proper age group (she's only six) I'd have no problems w/ her reading it.

And I wouldn't have a problem w/ explaining what a scrotum was. Come on!
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