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Yes, MG. Good luck!
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Yup, Lori's book is definitely MG. Also, lots of PB biographies are used in middle school, even the standard 32-pg ones. It's all about the subject and how it's presented.
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Chapter books are for the same age group as picture books. The readership is "kids who have graduated from leveled texts."

Ages 8-12 is middle grade. So the  Leeuwenhoek book is middle grade nonfiction.

In my experience, the length of a first draft is only vaguely related to the length of the final manuscript.
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Yes, Lori's book is 6,855 words.

If you need to know the word count of most published books, try https://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx and follow the prompts. Great resource.

Hi Jody,

I just got Lori Alexander's NF chapter book about Van Leeuwenhoek from the library.  It looks wonderful!   It seems like a great match for what I have written.  Thank you so much!!!!  My book has grown to about 4,000 words so I am getting close to Lori's book as far as size.

So this book ("All in a Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World") is considered a "Chapter Book", right?  It is for grades   3-7 (ages 8-12) so that makes it a Middle-Grade book, right? 
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Thanks Vijaya.   I will check out those books.  This is exactly the information I need.  Everyone has been so helpful!

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Frederick, you've rec'd good advice already. NF has a lot more leeway. There are shorty short PBs like Verla's (Rough Tough Charley) with backmatter to illustrated books that are longer--I've seen 40, 48, 64, 80 page books. Scientists in the Field series are also longer. You might want to visit your library and check out a few from different publishers and see which ones fit your vision and submit to them. Suzanne Slade's COUNTDOWN is 144 pages and it's gorgeous! Big book too. Since your wife is an illustrator, I thought of BRILLIANT: 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathematicians, and Supersmart People by David and Jaclyn Warren. I hope you take a look. There are lots of options for great stories!
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Thanks Jody!

That seems like a great match for the type of book that I wrote.  I just ordered it from the library.  It is 96 pages, but I do not know how many words that is.  It must be a LOT more than my measly 3,000 words.   Maybe I need to expand my text, but I don't want to turn it into an adult book.

Yes, Lori's book is 6,855 words.

If you need to know the word count of most published books, try https://www.arbookfind.com/default.aspx and follow the prompts. Great resource.
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Sorry to break this new, but I don't think you can get away with 2-3,000 words. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter is an anomoly. My others are 1,300-1,800. CB, SH was my fifth book, so I think they gave me a little more leeway, plus the 48 pages. Usually you only get 32.

No problem.  I can chop it down.  What is your target age range and what is the genre of the books?


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Sorry to break this new, but I don't think you can get away with 2-3,000 words. Code Breaker, Spy Hunter is an anomoly. My others are 1,300-1,800. CB, SH was my fifth book, so I think they gave me a little more leeway, plus the 48 pages. Usually you only get 32.
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