I wonder if there is much precedent for major authors in the world of children's literature stepping into hugely fraught political and social debates. Of course, I'm talking about Orson Scott Card (and I feel like I have to say I find everything he's said appalling, but that's not the point). Here we have an author who sells hundreds of books every week to teenagers. I am not worried that this audience will not be able to separate author from art or to think critically about this. I am more interested in whether and how they will do so. If there is any precedent for a prominant kidlit author taking a public position on a controversial issue, there is no precedent for an audience so used to interacting with authors. I don't know if Card is a beloved enough author or enough of a web presence to provide a true test, but it could be interesting.