to be outraged about:
The word â€œscrotumâ€ does not often appear in polite conversation. Or childrenâ€™s literature, for that matter.
Yet there it is on the first page of â€œThe Higher Power of Lucky,â€ by Susan Patron, this yearâ€™s winner of the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious award in childrenâ€™s literature. The bookâ€™s heroine, a scrappy 10-year-old orphan named Lucky Trimble, hears the word through a hole in a wall when another character says he saw a rattlesnake bite his dog, Roy, on the scrotum.
The inclusion of the word has shocked some school librarians, who have pledged to ban the book from elementary schools, and reopened the debate over what constitutes acceptable content in childrenâ€™s books. The controversy was first reported by Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine.
I also note the opening sentence, and the “polite conversation” remark, and point you to this discussion on “vulgarity.”