Thursday, March 31, 2011
Day 7 Edward Beaton and the Star in the Glass a week along...
My daughter Lily, is 9 years old and a fairly average reader for her age. I could not imagine her sitting down at this age, to a 60 000+ word novel. I am just curious what constitutes a Young Adult Fiction - Vocabulary, and font size, subject and sustained story length... of course. I hesitate to age categorise books because children's tastes and reading interests and abilities vary as much as adults do. Just thinking about books such as The Book Thief and some of Alice Hoffman's books which are pitched as Young Adult Fiction, but which enjoy a huge adult following. Not sure what the solution is, but just think that tight age categorisation outside of graded reading systems is counter-productive ?
Anyway - my school reports are all done and dusted and the holiday begins tomorrow. Yippee!
Posted by Caroline at 12:22 PM