Is a Sixth Grader a Young Adult?
Well, it's a legitimate question. Mitali Perkins poses the query on her blog The Fire Escape. As a YA author, she finds it odd that a book like Hattie Big Sky would necessarily be lumped into the same category as Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (as it was with the Cybils). Certainly it qualifies as a librarian question as well. At NYPL we figure that once you hit 12 you are outta the kid area and into the teen. Which, considering how cool my library's Teen Central is, doesn't really bother them. And the crossover between Middle Reader books and YA is immense. So where to put those late tweens/early teens?
Mitali's piece ties in nicely with Chicken Spaghetti's recent bit on YA Considered. Probe your gray matter.