After reading The Influence of Anxiety by Frances Fitzgerald, I came away with an excellent piece of advice as both a reader and a writer of YA literature:

 “We need wisdom, and for that we must have fiction–young adult fiction, that is, which is written for and about adolescents and the mind-boggling problems that now plague and perplex them–not formula-driven fiction, but a new kind of problem novel that is as real as the headlines; yes, but enriched by the best means literature can offer… a young adult fiction, in short, that takes creative (and marketing) risks to present hard-edged issues of relevance so that it may offer its readers revelation and, ultimately, that elusive wisdom” (Michael Cart).

 How beautiful is that?