I am reading So Far From the Bamboo Grove with my 8th grade son. In the book, there is repeated discussion about rape. The mother and her 2 daughters witness it and the 2 daughters have to appear to be boys to avoid this happening to them. It is a very interesting book, but you might want to think ahead of time what you might want to say when you get to these parts, particularly if you have younger children.
I would highly recommend prereading this if you are going to read it to lower grammar. Even the back of the book says 10 and up. I was disappointed that this was selected as the read out loud with no warning. It is very detailed in the wording, and I had to skip some parts as my 2 youngest are 1 and 2 grade. The story line is nice but the book is very detailed.
I agree with your comments. I was disappointed that no heads-up was given. There were descriptions of disgusting events that far surpass the use of the words "shut up" that I know Tapestry is so diligent to point out. I hesitate to even mention, but a woman is described as drinking from a urine bucket, an afterbirth is smeared all over one of the main characters, and other such scenes. I would like to heartily suggest that the book be screened for content, only so that appropriate warnings can be given. We enjoyed it as a family with our 10, 8, and 6 year olds, but had to skip significant passages as we went. FYI, Tapestry, you might just want to give your users a heads-up.
All that aside, we are continually blessed by your many efforts on our behalf. We are just finishing our first rotation through all four years and love it love it love it. Thank you!
(Wife to Dominic, Mother to Josiah (worshiping before The Throne), Leah (10), Dominic (8), Elena (6), Johanna (4 next week), Sophia (2) and Levi (5 mos.))