This interesting post from the WSJ is, I think, thoughtful and measured. A children's book critic and a mother, she explores darkness in YA books (eg violence, sex, language and so on). Agree or disagree, I think she raises some good questions and contributes to a discussion on the subject.
Worth a look. However, be warned: some of the examples she cites are fairly ugly and may be offensive to some readers.
You can find the post here.
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