This interesting article from a children’s editor (Ms. Whitman) on SFWA (Science Fiction Writer’s Association) talks about how people are still unclear about the differences between Middle Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA), but as these genres grow in importance (to publisher and bookseller bottom lines) they are getting more attention. She points out that the difference between MG and YA is content driven, not necessarily the age of the characters.
I like her idea of splitting up “younger” and “older” teen material on the bookstore and library shelves, and think I might suggest that the next time I cruise into my local B&N. She even suggests using MPAA ratings as a guide for authors and publishers in determining the target audience for a book! Now that’s an idea Ink Spells can really get behind!
Would you like to see an “older” and “younger” teen section in the library or bookstore?
Do you think the “middle grade” section (or “young reader” as it’s called at my local Barnes and Noble) should have a similar breakdown, so that Captain Underpants isn’t shelved next to Harry Potter?
Or do shelvings in the library or bookstore not influence your book selections?