Ever tried to figure out whether Harry Potter is actually middle grade or YA? Does Ender’s Game’s MG cover and young hero really make it appropriate for the 8-10 y.o. crowd? What makes one book young adult and another middle grade? And where does early reader fit in? Is it the age of the protagonist, the voice of the narrator, or is it all just a big marketing gimmick?
In the first episode of the Wordplay podcast, authors James Dashner, Nathan Bransford, and J. Scott Savage explore the differences between early reader, middle grade, and YA novels. The discussion includes definitions of each reading level category, what role the age of protagonist and narrator play, capturing the elusive middle grade voice, and how each of the authors writes to younger readers.
James talks about what bugs him about The 13th reality and Maze Runner. Nathan explains why trading a corn dog for a spaceship makes perfect sense. And Jeff reveals how he and his brother climbed through the sewers. And of course we include the obligatory flatulence jokes.
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Music for this podcast is Poisonous by Scomber provided under a creative commons license.