When I tell people outside of the publishing world that I write middle grade fiction I usually get a blank stare. When I say I write children’s books, even children’s novels, people’s minds go straight to picture books.
So, needless to say, it was with great interest that I saw the NY Times’ announcement that they will be splitting the children’s bestseller list into middle grade and young adult. Whew! Hopefully this will raise awareness for the wonders of middle grade, which, if you aren’t familiar with the term, is for children roughly 8-12 years old.
What do you think of the change?