Word Count and Middle Grade Novels

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I know I’ve written before about young adult books and word count already, but recently a friend asked me my opinion on the ideal length of a debut middle grade novels. It seems to me like there is the most variation in this type of book, because they are generally written for children between the ages of eight and twelve. There is a lot of changes in both reading ability and subjects of interest during that time. I’ve read online that MG novels should be between 20,000 and 45,000 words. Here are examples of how many words are in between the covers of some of the most popular MG novels.  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: Katniss, Artemis, and Susan Pevensie

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After last week ranking some male archers from literature, I thought it would be interesting to give you the option of three female archers from fiction and mythology. These are three of my favorite characters, and I’m interested to see what arguments you have for marrying, dating, or dumping Katniss Everdeen, Artemis, and Susan Pevensie. I’m still figuring out what I would want to do … maybe marry all of them and live on a commune somewhere? Let me know your choices in the comments!  Continue reading

Links for a Lazy Sunday

tumblr_mrgc1n1lb11rduqoco1_500Happy Sunday friends. I am (probably) freezing my behind off traipsing around NYC right now and wishing I were snuggled up in bed taking a look at these fun links from around the web:

Four Ways to Show the World Your Favorite Book

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I’m guessing if you are reading this post right now you are either related to me or you really really like books. There are lots of ways to show the world your truly bookish shelf that might be more socially acceptable than punching a hole in your library card and wearing it on a chain around your neck (although think of the easy access). Whether your favorite book is Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, or Pride and Prejudice, here are some ideas that go beyond cute bookish t-shirts.  Continue reading