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bluntforcetrauma
04-03-2008, 04:49 AM
Is it more grown up or less grown up than YA? Examples of MG fiction books would be helpful and appreciated.

Soccer Mom
04-03-2008, 05:14 AM
Less grown up. The target age is readers 9-12 yo.

Soccer Mom
04-03-2008, 05:16 AM
Let's see: The Hardy Boys level is now considered MG.

Some of my current favorites are: Percy and the Olympians series, The Ranger's Apprentice series, and the Larklight series.

The first three Harry Potters are MG level. Then they creep into YA territory.

The Artemis Fowl books are MG.

Here is a link to ARBookFind (http://www.arbookfind.com/advanced.aspx). You can search any children's book and it will tell you the reading level, word count, etc... Very helpful site. It's for parents and teachers, but it's dead useful to writers.

Ziljon
04-03-2008, 05:21 AM
I believe the first Harry Potter was MG. Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke, is MG. One of my friends in college had an old green MG.

bluntforcetrauma
04-03-2008, 05:28 AM
Tremendous help. Thanks a million. I've been wanting to make sure my son Evan (10) is reading the correct materials for his age group. He's into Artemus Fowl, and yes, I still have my old Hardy Boys mysteries, which he eats up.

I had an MG midget.Red.

Toothpaste
04-03-2008, 05:31 AM
cough Alexandtheironicgentleman cough

:)

I is shameless.

Soccer Mom
04-03-2008, 05:38 AM
cough Alexandtheironicgentleman cough

:)

I is shameless.

This book should come with a warning: Child May Insist on Finding an Extremely Ginormous Octopus.

Seriously. My youngest wanted to see one so badly that I had to buy him a stuffed one to shut the little dear up.