I really love that idea about the cat on the dog’s mat–about 10 minutes ago my dog was whining and circling her bed because my kitty was on it. The drama in children’s lives is HUGE; it’s just different than adult drama. I wish I knew a lot more about the art of nailing YA writing. But I do remember being a kid all too well and all the things I thought were life/death at the time. Looking back, those conflicts are humorous or just tiny little speed bumps compared to adult conflicts. But as a kid, I read a lot of YA books and they meant a lot to me (Someone finally gets me!!!).