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Parents Question Middle School-Assigned Reading When Words Like ‘Cocaine-Like Rush,’ ‘Coitus’ Turn Up in Book

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A Florida mom is upset over the content in a required summer reading book for eighth grade students.

The book — "The Disappearing Spoon" by Sam Kean — assigned as required science reading to students at Discovery Middle School in Orlando, is composed of "fascinating tales [that] follow every element on the Period Table as they play out their parts in human history, and in the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them," the school's reading list described.

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