Katia Raina

The Magic Mirror

Middle-Grade Month!

No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke — this month the Magic Mirror is going Middle Grade!

I will admit, I am a YA writer first. But lately, middle-grade stories have been on my mind. Maybe it’s my daughter growing up. Maybe it’s allthe younger me...a total dreamer and believer in magic this wonderful reading I’ve been doing as part of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program. But I’ve been discovering a younger girl inside me wanting to be heard — all these younger ideas zinging through my mind and my heart.

We will see.

What I love the most about middle grade books is their shortness and elegance — the ability of a writer to tell a rich story with fewer words. That, and a certain optimism, a sense of possibility, that idea that the world is still a frontier, waiting to be explored and understood. Of course, young adult books can — and do — also achieve these things that in a middle-grade story are basically a requirement. Whatever we read and write, from picture books to YA and beyond, middle-grade novels are filled with many wonders we can absorb and learn from.

To celebrate the wonderfully diverse tradition of literature for the young, adventurous, smart middle-grade minds, this month I would like to host giveaways to celebrate three wonderful MG authors, two of them my writing friends (one of them my publishing house mate!) and another just a fabulous new writer.

I will start next week with my friend and fellow Namelos debut author Shannon Hitchcock and her elegant Ballad of Jessie Pearl, which has been gathering much (well-deserved!) critical acclaim since the story came out in February. So stay tuned!

In the meantime, tell me, what is it about middle-grade stories that speaks to you?

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April 1, 2013 Posted by | Book Impressions, Personal Mirror, Writing Mirror | | 8 Comments