I have an idea for a book aimed at older children/younger teens(think like anywhere from ages 10-14, perhaps a tad lower) that deals with some very...serious themes. Mainly genocide, racial discrimination, environmental issues and other forms of enforced tyranny and inequality. Of course, it does this through "anthro/furry" characters, and a setting with both sci-fi tech and magic and a way that makes it understandable to it's target audience. However, I fear that such themes may just be "too much" for it's target, especially since the main characters become involved in and whitness some rather horrific things. I'm not talking blood and guts, but they get to see the nastiness of the themes mentioned firsthand, and as a result I'm just not sure if what I'm writing is just too much for it's target audience. To mitigate this issue, I considered re-vamping the idea into a YA story, but the issue with that is whether or not the "furry/anthro animal" characters would be too kiddie/a turn off for older teens? If you all could address these questions I'd greatly appreciate it. So. just to sum things up for people, my questions are thus.. 1) Is it ok to have a story aimed at older children that focuses on issues such as genocide, racial discrimination, environmental destruction and other "serious" issues and depicts them in a very intimate though not "blood and guys" way? 2) Is there a market in YA for stories about anthropomorphized animals/"furries" or are they just too much of a turnoff for older teens? Answers to both these questions would be appreciated. EDIT: Please excuse the lower case "i" in the title. I was on the phone when I typed this and realized too late that I made a typo in the title. I apologize.