I hate the expression tween... Some back story (of my life). When I was younger, one of my favorite TV series of all time was Braceface. I loved the show because it dealt with issues I actually had in my life. Stuff like parents divorcing, peer-pressure, body image, drinking, sexuality, if you can get a tattoo at 14, etc. And it dealt with these things in a way that didn't look down on me, yet it was also very child friendly, and showed good morals without shoving it down my throat. And how many other kids shows can you name that has an openly gay character? Though I think that episode was banned in the US (weird US). Growing up, I really missed more TV series or books like this. Other shows dealt with these things, but I often thought they were too grown up and complicated. That or they forced morals on me (talking to you 7th Heaven), and then I immediately didn't like it. Kids shows on the other hand never dealt with these things, and were just silly. So with that in mind, I'm trying to create one. Though I have the basic plot in mind, I'm not really sure how to execute it. Not to mention this is the first time I'm writing with a specific target group in mind (10-14 year olds). Are there things you wish someone would have brought up more when you were that age? Do you think there are stuff that are too mature for people that age, regardless of how it's handled? I'm especially thinking of a character of mine that will be homosexual. And because of a discussion about this topic that I had with a gay friend of mine, having this character is extra important to me, even if he's not the view point character. I know it was briefly touched upon in Braceface, but never seriously and Dion was a minor character anyway (and the episode got freaking banned!). Any other thoughts or opinions you think might be useful to me? I'm all ears at this point.