While branching out and exploring juvenile fiction, I’ve noticed the terms “middle grade novel” popping up. It’s not a term I learned in library school; nor saw when I was a librarian prior to ML’s birth. So I went to an expert, my colleague who is responsible for the school age books and programs to find out what that term means. She said, “It’s books written for kids who want something more than simplistic elementary books but aren’t ready for young adult books, which often include serious issues.” Her theory is this term came out of the tween movement. Before this books were marketed to children or teens. Nothing specifically marketed to the sophisticated; but not too sophisticated middle grade students
To get a better handle on what a middle grade novel is I read a few articles. I liked An Introduction to Middle Grade and Young Adult, Part 1 – Definitions by Malinda Lo.
From time to time I will post about middle grade novels. I’ve read three excellent ones in the past month. I already blogged about one of them. . . A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. The covers pictured above are two books I can’t wait to tell you about.