I LOVE to read. I enjoy just about anything, from Stephen King to religious novels, but I do have a pet peeve. And that is bad language in books written for kids.
I know that there are quite a few authors who preach, keep it 'real,' that kids use those words. Maybe so, but not in my house. You'll get your mouth washed out with soap if you talk like that under my roof. I'm the only one gets to swear. Period. Sounds hypocritical? Yep. It is. But those are grown up words and once you're a grown up, you can use them if you choose.
My kids always tell me that they hear that crap all day long at school. Just one more reason not to read it. Why fill our brains with filth? You can usually tell how a book will be after the first couple of pages and even I, as an adult, will put a book down if there's a bunch of swearing right at the beginning.
Let's continue to write great stories, especially for our youth. They are our future. Let's fill their minds with imagination, adventure and fun, knowledge, excitement and predicaments. Not garbage.
There. Now I'll get off my soap box!