this is what lili wilkinson (practically my idol) had to say about deciding whether someone is old enough to read something. she's put it excellently!
the thinkings of a lili: Are you old enough?#links#links
that said, a librarian gave me sonya hartnett's sleeping dogs to read when i was 12 and i read it through to the end and it disturbed me to no end. i've blocked it out and not read it again since. i think i will get on to that, as i'm assured by friends and critics that she's worth it!
lili's recent book pink was ace and her even newer angel fish equally as ace, though very different. i'll post reviews of both here soon.