Ever wonder what’s inside those young adult (YA) books? Well, you might be surprised, probably shocked if you are a parent.
Ink Spells’ purpose is to help review books for the middle grades (ages 8-12) with content advisories and ratings. Why? Because advanced readers often read way ahead of their grade level, and finding appropriate reading material became a mission of necessity for me, with my 3 advanced reading boys. But as they rocket toward teenhood (Dark Omen is 11 going on 16), and as I write YA books, I am increasingly aware that the truly shocking stuff is generally in YA.
I don’t mean to spark a censorship vs. Free Speech debate here. Suffice to say, I’m I huge believer in Free Speech, and I think parents have a responsibility to monitor their children. But they need help.
Ink Spells is here to help with Middle Grade books.
Teen Reader is here to help with those Young Adult books. I recently came across the Teen Reader website, and accompanying blog, and couldn’t be happier! Andye’s site is like a teen version of Ink Spells, only more organized and even has a section for guys!
Andye has the right idea about providing information for parents, and teens, so they can make their own informed decisions. And hopefully talk about the material contained in some of the more explicit or disturbing books. We can’t insulate kids from every horror in the world, but as parents (and teachers and librarians), I believe we have a responsibility to help teens make that crucial stretch from kid to adult with values intact.
Teen Reader is a great resource to help parents do just that.