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Taking on Today's Challenges for Young Readers

  • Holy Childhood Library 150 W. Main Street Harbor Springs (map)

Presenters:  Patrick Flores-Scott, Jo Watson Hackl, Katherine Marsh
Moderator:  Susan Capaldi

There are complex, nuanced and sensitive topics in nearly all of adult literature. While writers must be thoughtful in how they present these topics, most correctly assume that their adult audience has some working knowledge of any number of difficult themes, as well as the ability to process them. But how does a writer tackle these same subjects for young readers who may be less informed? From PTSD to immigration, political unrest to mental illness, timely and important issues make their way into middle grade and young adult literature. As they should. The writers brave enough to tell these stories have the added challenge of considering the age and maturity of their readers. It is no small feat.