Middle Grade and YA: Where to Draw the Line?


ELA in the middle

We ask booksellers around the country to weigh in

Since Harry Potter first hit these shores in 1998, there’s been confusion over where best to shelve it: put it where most kids look for it, in middle grade (ages 8–12), or where the later, darker novels belong, in young adult (ages 12–up)? But J.K. Rowling’s books aren’t the only ones that fall into a gray area, especially as more kids aspire to “read up” because of popular films like Divergent andThe Hunger Games. At the same time, adults have begun reading down, not just YA but also reaching for middle-grade books like Wonder and Out of My Mind, because they don’t want to miss out, either.

The convergence has gotten so great that when PW recently compiled its list of the top-selling titles of the first half…

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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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1 Response to Middle Grade and YA: Where to Draw the Line?

  1. very interesting topic. I have always enjoyed Middlegrade and Ya books myself, but find I have stuck to fiction and fantasy (morgenville vampires, eragon, maze runner to name a few) and not been drawn at all to romances or teen trouble books. I think the distinction between them is important from a parents prospective. Some Ya books are very much on the adult side (take the killing woods, where the 15 year old’s are having oral sex in the first chapter), and as a mum of a 11 and a 14 year old if it is a Ya I always pre-read them before forwarding them on to my boys kindles, whereas with middle grade so far I have found they are fully child friendly. Thanks for sharing the article, its a interesting topic.

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