"You chose that setting for a reason, mine it so that readers can feel that sense of place for themselves. For your audience, a rich setting is the difference between watching characters and being there with them."
For me, one of the tricky things about building settings for MG is knowing how much detail to include. We know MG readers don't want to get bogged down in a lot of detail that isn't relevant to the story. When deciding about how much detail to include for a setting here are some things I think about:
1. Is the detail necessary to give the reader a clearer picture of what is happening or where the scene is taking place?
2. Does the detail help to strengthen a feeling or impression about the mood of the story?
3. Sometimes, it's helpful to stop and think about what the reader might already know about the setting. For example, there are things about a school setting or home setting that the reader will take for granted, from their own experience. As writers, we can use that and only include the unusual or interesting to build another layer on what the reader already knows.
How do you make sure you aren't overwhelming the reader with too much setting detail?
Author P.C Wrede has a great post on details vs. clutter.