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message 1: by CLM (new)

CLM Interesting article in the NYT

message 2: by Pandora (new)

Pandora Quite a article and a lot of food to thought. So, it is not always a science how publisher classify books. Explains a lot.

As for people looking down at YA. What snobs. As a librarian I have felt that the younger the audience the book is written for the more talent that is reqiured. For example it is easy to write a book when you can use any word you want but, it take great abilty to write a good book with a restricted vocubulary as Arnold Lobel did. The great picture book with short and snappy sentence that blend well with the picture is also a sign of great talent.

As for YA it would be hard to beat Neal Shusterman's Unwind. I have read a lot of great books in the adult bookshelves - Dumas, Steinbeck, Dickens, Hugo, Twain etc. Yet, I have never read a book like Unwind that kept upset for so long after finishing it or fill me with so much anxity while reading it. Well, Cromier and Sleator have written books that had me on a tightrope. Wait a minuet they only YA too.

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