Here's something I wonder: What makes a book inappropriate for middle school readers?
Too much sex? Too much swearing? Lots of violence?
I adore this age group because I get to read, buy and booktalk books for young sixth graders who still love MG books. And I get to read, buy and booktalk books for older eighth graders who are ready for YA stuff. For me this is a dream job, I get to read all that I love!
But what makes a book too YA for a middle school library? I tend to think too much sex does. Swearing is kind of iffy for me. A few words are ok, but too many? I am just not sure.
And violence. I tend to not be bothered by violence in books because I truly have a problem picturing too much in my mind. But, is Rot & Ruin or The Hunger Games too violent for middle school readers? I tend to think not.
What about you? If you are a middle school reader, what is too much for you? If you are a parent or teacher, what is too much for you?