Saturday, October 24, 2009

VBT - Writers on the Move celebrates one year!

For more information on the schedule and prizes available this month, please see my other blog.

Leave your comments on each stop and be eligible for some great prizes (books, gifts related to authors' books, a guest spot on the VBT - Writers on the Move site and the super duper mystery site prize of a $25 (US) Gift Card - per Karen).

I will be hosting Linda Asato, author of Spider in my Mailbox on November 18th on this site. Please stop by then and see what we have in store for you and remember to leave your comments to be eligible for the prizes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Freaky Tuesday?

Yesterday, while in class with Mr. Hughes during writing time (we are now working on the Harris Burdick projects - lots of fun) I was asking him to resend me the info about leads (I can't find mine from last year) and in mid sentence, I lost the class. I checked all my connections and he was showing idle but still online and then finally offline. Apparently there is some construction going on in their area and they sheared a pole and it knocked out another pole so the whole area was out of electricity for about 4 or 5 hours. Their kids got released right after lunch since they couldn't do much in the dark. I'm glad to know that everything is fine and we will be back to normal today hopefully.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

VIEWPOINT: The difference between children's/MG/tweener/and YA

VBT - Writers on the Move monthly viewpoint:

This topic has come up several times in the recent past on several forums I belong to. The question posed was what is the difference between MG and YA novels. I've been following the postings and gathering information to distinguish the two.

There are no clear definitions as some YAs will overlap into MG and vice versa. There are age limits but even those don't seem to be true boundaries in distinguishing the two genres.

In our little town, elementary school is kindergarten through fourth grade, middle school is fifth through eighth gradea and high school is ninth through twelfth grade. In other towns, elementary may include fifth grade and even sixth grade. I even know one town that only has two schools, the elementary school and the high school so their high school includes seventh through twelfth grade.

So how is one to define the markers between MG, tweens and YA? As an author, I think content plays a big role. My books are classified as middle grade, ages 9 to 12, which is probably appropriate, because from the information I've gathered the last few years, it seems fifth graders are studying US History, which my books would fall in that category since they are basically historical (facts include some history and other types of info about the states that are not well known unless a student is actually doing a report on the state), and they are also part fiction in that the interaction between my characters is fictionalized.

I've written two stories that I call YA since the characters are a bit older and the themes seem to be more fitting for upper middle school girls, even into high school aged girls. But actually after looking through several definitions, I think I should reclassify these stories as tweens since they are geared for girls about ages twelve to fourteen, and YA classifications seem to include up to age eighteen or nineteen, with some folks including up to age twenty-one in the YA category.

My view on this would be that I guess it really depends on how the publisher classifies the book. What's your opinion of classifying books for children/young adults? What would you call your book, if writing one for this group?

Leave a comment and post your opinion on this topic.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pages & Pen newsletter

Hey everyone. I'm a member of the Musing our Children yahoo forum, created by Lea Schizas, and we have a quarterly newsleter available for teachers and parents and librarians. Anyone interested in the fall issue, please click on the title of this post and you will be taken directly to the newsletter. There are coloring pages, games, puzzles, some fun info. Stop by and let us know what you all think of the website. We also have several authors in several states who will do school visits. If interested in having an author visit your school, please sign up using the online form or contact an author in your local area. See you all in the postings.

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