Don't despise your youth and don't think you can't learn from books targeted towards teens.
Here's a tidbit about writing taken from Your Name in Print, A Teen's Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit, and Academic Success (strikeouts are mine):
“Getting published is less important
than the process, discipline and goals involved in writing. Even for
teenagers people who don’t want to be professional
writers—even teens people who really don’t care whether they ever get
published anywhere beyond their school paper blog, writing is something
that can stretch their creativity and help them find their niche, and it’s
BTW, "pooh pooh" resulted from a brainstorm with my 5 yr. old. Almost didn't use it, but after looking at thesaurus.com for a better word, I found it was actually listed as a synonym for belittle. Thus, "pooh pooh" prevails.