Do you think it's okay for young readers (say 5th & 6th graders) to read "Young Adult" material that includes language, situations, violence, etc. under the assumption that, "at least they are reading"?
Another line of reasoning is, "I read mature literature when I was young and I turned out okay." Or, "We talk about what we read, so anything my child chooses is fine since we discuss it." Are these legit lines of thought?
And finally, has YA lit changed over the years? Is it "worse" now or "better"? What is your take on the "New Adult" fiction (early 20s motifs)? Is there an age where children can "move up" to older reading?
Thanks for your thoughts and discussion.