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Fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
#2 - December 11, 2013, 08:01 PM

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Great article! Thanks for posting the link.
#3 - December 12, 2013, 03:47 AM
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Very interesting. The illustration cracks me up!
#4 - December 12, 2013, 06:08 AM
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The public is discovering what we've always known. Good news for us, I'd say!
#5 - December 12, 2013, 07:25 AM
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I've always read tons of MG since that's what I write. But it's a relief to know that people won't be looking at me funny anymore.  :lol3
#6 - December 12, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Great article! I was just reading another one this morning about the very same topic (posted on the Publisher's Weekly blog) :

I love my MG reads! Give me a MG fantasy or adventure series, and I'm in heaven.
#7 - December 12, 2013, 09:00 AM

WONDER has gone through 38 reprints! In my dreams  :snowman2:
#8 - December 12, 2013, 09:15 AM
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I love reading MGs. In fact, that's all I read, besides picture books.
#9 - December 12, 2013, 09:44 AM
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Interesting! I do think it's funny that they say Knopf didn't think Wonder would do well so 22,500 copies as a first print run was a sign of "modest expectations." I don't think many of us would complain about a 22k print run. I wouldn't, anyway. ;)
Fans of "Wonder" say it defies categorization. "To look at 'Wonder' and say that's a book for young readers is a complete disservice," said Mr. Meltzer, who recommended the title to his 35,000-plus Twitter followers. "To me, a good book is a good book."
This sort of response does bother me, though. Because a good book for young readers is still for young readers, whether adults realize they enjoy them or not. It seems to me many people still don't want to admit they like books for children, so they say the books they personally like "defy categorization." Maybe that's just my crankiness showing, because he probably meant that adults shouldn't limit their reading because they see a book aimed at kids. But no one says amazing adult books aren't for adults and defy categorization. I just feel like if I write a book for kids and adults like it as well, great! But I wrote it for the kids.

I do wonder how many adults are reading MG and seeking out more after they read the big bestseller everyone's talking about. I can definitely pitch a YA book to my adult library patrons (mostly young parents up here in the children's department - so it's even easier because they are so busy they want faster-paced books), but I overhear them talking about books to their friends and saying "it's for teens but--" so I don't think the stigma is quite gone even for YA, unfortunately.
As far as browsing, I see a decent number of adults picking out books in our YA section, but not in MG. I don't really see adults browsing there without kids along, and the few who do are usually teachers. I don't meet many adult fans of Rick Riordan, and I've never seen an adult checking out Dork Diaries or Wimpy Kid (some of the "buzzy blockbusters" mentioned in the article). Barring other writers, teachers, or librarians, I mean.
Obviously my observations are just anecdotal, and it's still interesting that some people are seeing a shift!
It's also telling, to me, that my co-workers in the adult department at the library were thrilled for my MG to be published, but when I tell them my next one is adult the response has generally been "Oh, WOW!" with lots of emphasis on the wow. Surprised I can write for big people, too? :dr
#10 - December 12, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Interesting article!
My book club read Wonder this year. Although I tend to be the one to recommend kidlit for us to read, it was one of the other members of the book club who suggested it. Most of the books we read are contemporary adult novels.
I think overall people liked it, but one person complained that the language was too simplistic for them.
Still, I don't think adults reading MG beyond the bestsellers is really happening like Rachel said. I know I'm the only one at my library looking for myself in the children's section.
#11 - December 12, 2013, 03:24 PM

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Rachel, that's my feeling, too. And it does always grate on me when "reviewers" complain that a book is too simplistic, that it's for the kiddies--when it IS for kids!

And I usually feel the other way around--every so often, I find an adult book that defies categorization and is actually a great book. :)
#12 - December 12, 2013, 03:37 PM

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Adult who reads primarily MG?
Guilty.  :giggle
#13 - December 12, 2013, 06:02 PM

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I love writing MG so I have an excuse to read MG.

Members of my adult book group used to give me funny looks when I made a point by referring to a MG or YA book I'd read. But now, at least half of them read MG & YA books also!
#14 - January 01, 2014, 11:27 AM

I love MG novels. There's so much heart in the characters.
#15 - January 05, 2014, 02:33 AM
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Last year was a year of adult books! This year I need more MG in my life...
#16 - January 05, 2014, 06:43 AM
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Great article, thanks!
#17 - January 07, 2014, 01:46 AM

Just saw this! Great article, thanks for sharing. MG is the best!
#18 - January 07, 2014, 07:16 AM

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Great article.  I read and write MG so it is great to see that I'm not in some weird bubble somewhere :)
#19 - March 18, 2014, 06:53 PM
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