Why did I chose to write for Middle Grade / Young Readers?
Middle Grade fiction refers to books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12. The characteristics of these works are important to me because my as a grandfather (storyteller), I wanted to be able to tell my stories to my young grandchildren and/or have them one day read them on their own. I did not want the content they were reading to contain any profanity or graphic violence. I wanted these stories to be something I could recommend to my friends and relatives for their young ones.
What Are the Characteristics of Middle-Grade Fiction?
There are certain characteristics of middle-grade fiction:
They contain no profanity or graphic violence
Romance is limited to crushes and first kisses
Protagonists are roughly between the ages of 10 and 13
Middle-grade novels are typically between 30K and 50K words long and voiced in the third person
Characters typically react to what happens to them within their immediate world with a focus on friends and family
The protagonist (and narrator) generally do not delve too much into self-reflection but instead focus on real-life situations