12-15 year olds, guest post by LM Elliott
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12-15 year olds, guest post by LM Elliott

Itchy, inquisitive, indignant. Flexing their intellectual muscles, but still socially innocent.

Itchy, curious, outraged. Flexing their intellectual muscles, but still socially innocent. Looking for heroes to believe in—ractually believe. Shy. Excited. Changing every month. And testing, always testing adults. Students from seventh to tenth grade, twelve-year-olds to fifteen-year-olds. The best. And most ignored readers in young adult literature.

Why? You want an honest answer? Reflexive attachment to reliable parameters and formulas. Discomfort with the gray area. We have universally accepted labels for YA literature: “middle grade” (8-12 year olds) and young adults (14 and more). Narratives that settle into the older MG/younger YA pocket are discouraged (and usually ignored) by publisher takeovers these days. And they face a no man’s land in marketing and on bookstore shelves.