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Kidlit Genres / Re: Having trouble describing the genre of my book
« Last post by robert-taylor on July 27, 2021, 11:14 AM »
Debbie and Mrs. Jones- thank you both very much!
Rob
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I've been a member of the "Blueboards" from before it was a part of SCBWI, and I agree; most SCBWI members don't have a clue about this valuable resource.
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I went to the main SCBWI page looking for a link to the Blueboard but could not find it.  I had to navigate to my home page to get to the forums and then the Blueboard.    Too bad it is so hard to find.  In my "Monday Mingle" sessions with the New England chapter, most members do not seem to know about the Blueboard.
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Maria Gianferrari does a lot of lyrical NF or informational fiction on animals. Marcie Flinchum Atkins has a beautiful NF PB on dormancy in nature. Laurie Purdie Salas does a lot of lyrical NF as well. But I guess they aren't dealing with the difficult ending you're talking about, but they are great mentor texts for lyrical NF/informational fiction.
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Julie, I've been admiring your new cover of Tiny Possum. Adorable.
Thanks, Vijaya. X
I'm glad you are finding some useful mentor texts, Meghan. Best of luck with your project.

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Kidlit Genres / Re: Having trouble describing the genre of my book
« Last post by Mrs. Jones on July 26, 2021, 03:54 AM »
Debbie has great advice!

I just wanted to add that I think this sounds really cool. Good luck!
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Kidlit Genres / Re: Having trouble describing the genre of my book
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on July 25, 2021, 06:27 PM »
So this is middle grade fiction (fantasy) in the guise of a nonfiction book. There are comps: Fantastic Beasts in the Harry Potter universe may be one.  Something like Horse Diaries might also work. There are other fantasy books written as fact. This is time to talk to a librarian or bookseller. Once you have comps look at their blurbs on websites and see how they were marketed. (The HP universe won't be your best tool because it was so popular before those added books.)

But I think you did a fine job here, a middle grade fantasy in which a fictitious ghost hunter guides perspective hunters through anecdotes of his experiences. Just make sure you include a child somewhere.
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Thanks! I'll have a look.
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Julie, I've been admiring your new cover of Tiny Possum. Adorable.

Meghan, that's tough when we have to write the sad truth. A call to action is perfect.
Nicola Davies' book Many about the diversity of life comes to mind. At the end, she talks about how many species we've lost and how we need to be responsible. And look what I found here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/gallery/2016/oct/06/endangered-animals-illustrated-in-pictures   
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Thanks! Davies' Last: The Story of the White Rhino looks good.
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