Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Is There a Genre In Between MG and YA?
Honestly, am I the only person who sees a huge difference between Diary of a Wimpy Kid and say Speak by Laurie Anderson? Okay, maybe not the best examples. However, the rule I've always heard is that middle grade books are for kids 9 to 12 and young adult is for those 12 and up.
Here's the thing. I find the interests of 9 year olds very different from that of 12 year olds, especially in girls. To continue that line of thought, 13 year olds are very different than 17 year olds.
I think we're missing a genre. A Tween genre. Something that goes from 11 to 14. I've heard some refer to this age group as "low-end" young adult. Personally, I don't like that description because it makes it sound like it's the quality of the book in question, not the age of its protagonist.
I write books with protagonists who are usually 14 and 15, and I classify them in the young adult genre. However, when people read them they say I should market them as middle grade books, and they're probably right.
So what should I call them? Upper middle grade? Low-end Young Adult?