Is a theme of drug addiction too mature for a dramatic story for 5th/6th graders?

I am currently writing a dramatic children’s story about a dog that is raised as a fighting dog and then is released from that environment. If I continue down this path, one of the dogs’ owners will be a drug addict. Although the dug addiction would definitely be small undertone, there would be many obvious references to drugs throughout the story. I could feasibly avoid this path, but it would make things a bit difficult, as the character’s drug addiction serves as a catylist for numerous events and it provides a source of conflict and tension in an otherwise peaceful part of the story. What do you all think?

I think that while the kids would probably be able to handle it the parents would never let them read it because parents are stupid.

6 Responses to “Is a theme of drug addiction too mature for a dramatic story for 5th/6th graders?”

  • random dude says:

    Well you do learn about drugs and the dangers of drugs in health class around that age, and you are highlighting the bad things about them, so I would say you can go for it!
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  • Mike Yurosek says:

    make drugs look like fun games so it doesn’t get too dramatic and mature for the kids.
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  • Sam says:

    I think that while the kids would probably be able to handle it the parents would never let them read it because parents are stupid.
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  • allyouneedislove says:

    Way to dramatic!

    It could be scarring, so I recommend making it a teenage novel, even though I don’t think it’s an interesting plot at all, and no one wants to read a book about dogs and drugs.

    It would be a good book for people ages 14 and up if it wasn’t about a dog.. lol, maybe you should write it about a kid instead? Who was moved from his parents house because they beat him, and then he ended up going to a new home with druggies for parents?

    I’d refer to any book by S.E. Hinton if you’re gonna go with that theme..

    Anyway.. good luck :/
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  • Letizia says:

    Definitely, yes!
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  • Millie says:

    If it’s appropriately simplified, then yes, it’s okay. Don’t make it so obvious to the point that it’s a step by step tutorial for how to use some drug. It’ll work. Kids are way more sophisticated than most give them credit for, and if they’re anything like my fifth grade friends years ago then it’ll be too simple, but too simple is better than too vicious.
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