Harper Lee and child’s point of view

In today’s N.Y .Times, this passage in an article about  Harper Lee  caught my eye: “Some reviewers complained that the perceptions attributed to Scout were far too complex for a girl just starting grade school.”  A great writer like she had the same dilemma as a newbie like me. How do you convince a reader that the child protagonist is capable of such thoughts. Scout is younger than the characters of my novels for children. Nevertheless, I have to find a way to do that. If the thought is appropriate or above average for her age, it has to be expressed within her vocabulary. Not easy.

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