Middle Grade neglect risks isolating generation of readers, author warns

Middle Grade neglect risks isolating generation of readers, author warns

Authors and critics are warning that Middle Grade children’s books, for readers aged eight to 12 years, are failing to get the attention they merit from the media and book prize organisers because of the dominance of Young Adult (YA) titles. However, others argue Middle Grade novels still do well in the charts and say authors cannot “dictate buzz”.

Novelist and critic Amanda Craig said she is now sent books for readers aged up to 16, rather than up to age 12, and said it is a shame there are not more books for younger children, adding: “I’m always looking for more authors like Piers Torday...

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