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The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things (Candlewick Press, 2003)

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things is an award-winning young adult novel written by Carolyn Mackler. It tells the story of Virginia Shreves, an overweight teen who feels like the weakest link in her high-powered family until her handsome, athletic, star-student brother has a shocking fall from grace. (Spoiler alert he gets suspended from Columbia University after being accused of date rape.)

As you can imagine reaction to the book was mixed. It has drawn much praise and much criticism for its sensitive subject matter. Author Mackler defends the book saying she “wanted to portray teenagers experiences realistically.” In February 2008, The Earth was removed from school libraries in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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