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Banned Book Review: Athletic Shorts

February 2, 2006

64. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher

Reason: Profanity or Inappropriate Language Sexual Content

Athletic Shorts is a series of six short stories, starring six a-typical athletes.  They confront heavy issues such as sexism, racism, and homophobia.  They are often funny, and all are well written.  Some of them get a little violent.  All of them involved foul mouthed high schoolers trying to prove themselves verbally.  There is some sexual content, but again, it’s high schoolers trying to stake a verbal claim.  One story briefly explores the subject of sexual violence, but since the subject comes up in conjunction with a minor plot twist, I won’t spoil it.  Suffice to say, the main character deals well with the subject.  Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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