Posts Tagged ‘young adult’

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Kid-lit: the Breakdown

December 13, 2011

After reading my blog about genre, a few people asked me to comment about kid-lit. Basically, the genres are the same. However, when writing for children, an author must identify the age of the reader. This will classify the book as a board book, picture book, an early reader, chapter book, middle grade, or young adult. Within each group, there are particular genres, including classical literature.

Here’s the breakdown, although there’s no hard and fast rule:

Board books: up to 3 years of age

Picture books: 2-5 years

Early readers:  5-7 years

Chapter books: 6-8 years

Middle grade: 8-12 years

Young adult: 12-18 years

Then of course, kids become adults. Usually.

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Dystopian Summer Reads

June 21, 2011

MATCHED–THE HUNGER GAMES–DELIRIUM–DIVERGENT

Question: What do these four young adult novels have in common? Answer: A dystopian theme.

And what, exactly, is a dystopian theme? A dark, disturbing future. Dystopian novels have been around for awhile, but they’ve recently swamped the YA market. These four novels tackle issues of love (and lack of it), evil empires, and ways of living different than the Red, White, and Blue.

While all of these novels have fantastic followers, Hunger Games grabbed the market a couple years ago and became so popular it’s currently in movie production. Honestly, I’m not one for dystopian novels, but I couldn’t put it down. Think Survivor meets Lord of the Flies with high action and philosophic questions.

The question I have is, what is it about dark futures that make readers want more dystopian books? Is every day teen life so stressful that it helps to read about something darker? Does a small measure of fantasy, no matter how disturbing, bring relief to the daily grind? Maybe teens need to visualize victory and believe they can conquer the big, the bad, and the ugly.

Let me know what you think and give one a try. At the very least, you’ll be hip in the teen market this summer.