From an article in the Guardian book reviews on Monday, 20th December comes a great quote from Andy Mulligan, talking about his book 'Trash' (as well as other things literary.) This book is a thriller telling the story of streetkids living on a dumpsite in the developing world. 'Trash' was removed from the Blue Peter award's shortlist when the programme's editors overruled the judging committee over the use of one word... "shit".
"But a good book will upset someone, because the moment you engage with someone's imagination, you take them into both light and dark........ What's 'suitable' is the journey we ask our readers to make...."
...and that is a very valid point. One that would be taken by most, if not all, of our popular children's authors to date.