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Middle Grade

Young Reader

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