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Is 12.5 too young to read 1984 by George Orwell?

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ObscuredByClouds Tue 06-Nov-12 23:12:52

Weird question, I know, but not sure where else to put this! My DD is a real bookworm and tonight picked 1984 off our bookshelf and we read the first chapter together. She's desperate to carry on with the book but there are some rather disturbing bits in it.

I've always encouraged her to read whatever she likes, and for enjoyment, but feel a little ambivalent about her choice. Would it be ok do you think? She's adamant she wants to carry on reading it!

iknowwho Thu 08-Nov-12 09:17:34

I would keep Kafka out of reach through, very dreary reading for a teenager!

Kafka is dreary for anyone, never mind teenagers!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 08-Nov-12 09:18:30

I read it when I was 11 - just tell her everyone skips the 'book' bits and it's fine!

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