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Hi All,

Does anyone have examples of middle grade fantasy or middle grade magical realism told from first person POV? I see first person more often in literary, realistic MG (SPARROW ROAD, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY).

I think my WIP is really upper MG, girl coming-of-age, realistic with one magical element. Literary in tone, I believe.

It just feels that third person dominates magical MG, and I'm wondering if this is a kind of "rule" for the age group.

I'd love anyone's thoughts or examples!

Thanks,

Lisa


#1 - February 21, 2015, 08:26 AM

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I don't think it's a rule, but I think fantasies tend to have broader realms and it's hard to cover all that ground in only one person's POV.

I still have a close third person fantasy which bogged down because I couldn't find a way for the main character to know things that were happening in distant locations. I didn't want to use one of those cliche outs like a crystal ball or portal to hop around.

If that's not a problem in your story, I don't see any reason why you can't use first person POV. 

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#2 - February 21, 2015, 11:03 AM

My book, School of Charm, is MG magical realism with first person past tense POV.  I can't seem to write MG in anything but first person. :)
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Laurel Snyder's BIGGER THAN A BREADBOX is a perfect first person magical realism. And Jennifer Holm's THE FOURTEENTH GOLDFISH would be a great one to check out too.
#4 - February 21, 2015, 12:33 PM
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Mike Jung's GEEKS, GIRLS, AND SECRET IDENTITIES is in first-person past tense and Gennifer Choldenko's NO PASSENGERS BEYOND THIS POINT is first-person present.

I'd also recommend Cece Bell's EL DEAFO. While it's autobiographical, there are some daydream sequences that feel slip-streamy.  ::-)
#5 - February 21, 2015, 02:34 PM
FLYING THE DRAGON (Charlesbridge, 2012)
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I'll also add Nikki Loftin's NIGHTINGALE'S NEST.
#7 - February 22, 2015, 08:49 AM
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Great discussion. My WIP is first person, but not magical or fantasy. I feel like MG is the first age group where first person really works!
#8 - March 16, 2015, 11:17 AM
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THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen (book one of the Ascendance Trilogy) is a MG fantasy told in first person. I enjoyed it a lot!
#9 - March 16, 2015, 11:52 AM
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My book, Stonebird, is first person magical realism.

Skellig by David Almond was first person.

The Last Wild by Piers Torday is first person. There are a fair few out there :)
#10 - March 16, 2015, 01:17 PM

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Sheila Turnage's The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing is 1st person past tense. It's a ghost story, so I don't know if that technically qualifies as fantasy.
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My midgrade series, CURIOUS CAT SPY CLUB, while not magical, is in first person present. It's just a style I've gradually grown to love for the feeling of immediacy.
#12 - March 17, 2015, 01:19 PM
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Wow! Such wonderful suggestions! Thanks everyone - I have some fun reading to do!

Lisa
#13 - March 21, 2015, 10:46 AM

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