From the Horn Book:
All of this is just my longwinded way of saying that the Horn Book does not assign grade levels on the basis of subject matter, “language,” or sex scenes, obligatory or otherwise. We’re just trying to suggest who might best appreciate the book.
THIS, A THOUSAND TIMES, THIS.
I think some of my patrons may want to strangle me when they ask me about books and ages, because my answer, without fail, is: IT DEPENDS ON THE READER.
(And then, obviously, the conversation continues. But I always START there.)