I keep reading all over the web that editors and agents want great middle grade. But they also say, it is really hard to find middle grade with an authentic voice. A story they fall in love with that has the perfect combination of character, plot, and voice.
I wonder why.
I read a lot of middle grade. And YA.
- Some books I stop reading after a few chapters because the story doesn’t interest me at all. But kids might love it.
- Some books I skim through big sections of the middle and read the end. And usually, I don’t feel like I missed a thing. But kids might love it.
- Sometimes, I read the entire book but I put it down realizing kids would love this but something was missing for me. Usually it has to do with a slow pace or lack of originality. (And there’s the whole I’m a writer and so it has to be really good for me to love it.) (And there’s the whole reader subjectivity thing too.)
- And sometimes I know from the first chapter, sometimes the first page, that I’m going to love this book. And I can’t put it down. And I recommend it to all my friends for their kids to read. And I tell my writer friends about it. I can’t help it. I still think about the story a couple years later and I reread it.
Why do you think middle grade is so hard to perfect? Or if you write YA – what is the last book that you absolutely loved and wish you wrote?
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