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    One more for today...Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key.
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    My DD (11) has been getting into the Klaatu Diskos trilogy. She just finished The Obsidian Blade and now has the other two checked out from our local library.

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    someone has probably already mentioned 'unfortunately the milk' by Neil Gaiman, but just in case, my daughter really enjoyed that one, very funny, and not scary. (on the lower end of the age range of 9-12, I would think - but I read it myself and chucked throughout).


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    Anyone have recommendations for books or documentaries for age 11 that look at "communism" and explains pros and cons? I just need DS to be able to think critically about this. DS thinks communism sounds like a good idea.

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    Animal Farm? Bonus points for being classic literature.

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    Oh yes! I didn't even think of that. I found a book called "Under a Red Sky" which is probably around the right level, but whether it's any good or not, I don't know.

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    Originally Posted by mckinley
    Animal Farm? Bonus points for being classic literature.
    Agreed. smile More bonus point for the availability of Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes, and other study guides to facilitate at-home conversation on this important topic.

    Another idea, if your child enjoys history, may be to read about the actual implementations of communist theory and see what level of success/distress was created.

    This 2007-2008 report on Communism, from a project at Stanford University, outlines basic information:
    - History and Background of Communism
    - Censorship and Freedom of Speech
    The report includes other clickable links such as:
    - Privacy under Communism,
    - Intellectual Property,
    - Work Ethic,
    - and more.

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    Originally Posted by Portia
    If you look in the World War II arena, you can find sources which discuss communism. Have you considered the podcast arena as well? I can PM a good WWII podcast that may be of interest, but it does not discuss communism until much later of a long set.

    Yes, that would be great if you can PM it. He is transfixed by almost any documentary, esp. if it has to do with history of any kind.

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    There's also Communism for Kids. It sounds like it presents pros and cons (or why this sounds like a good idea, and why it keeps not working out that way).

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    Ok, thanks. I saw that one but wasn't sure if it was promoting communism, which I don't want to do.

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