Let’s be honest, it’s not a secret that Middlegrade is my favourite genre at the moment and has been for a long time. There is just something special about it and today I wanna explore what that “something special” really is. That sounds like great fun, doesn’t it?
Today’s post is linked it with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl.
1 – They exist in all forms and colours
While they all have the same target audience – namely children between 9 and 13 years – Middlegrade books come in many different forms and by that I mean many different genres. While most books are some kind of fantasy genre with all their subgenres and nuances, there are also some marvellous contemporary books around.
2 – They spell Friendship and Family with a capital F
While these books can have all kinds of topics going on between their pages, the great big majority have friendship and family as a main theme. And I think it’s beautiful. Family and friendship is essential in our lives and I love how problems that can come with that can be worked on and solved. It eminates a warm glow and always make me feel good.
3 – There is no drama
One reasons why I prefer Middlegrade books over for example YA books is that there is little to no drama. Or better, there is no drama for drama’s sake. Of course there are issues. A book would not be a good book if there wasn’t some kind of conflict that the hero had to work his way through. However, the conflicts in middlegrade books always seem more genuine to me.
4 – They deal with difficult topics in an understandable way
Since we are already on the topic of issues, I love how Middlegrade books deal with more difficult topics in a more delicate sort of way. I have yet to find a Middlegrade book where for example grief, death or disabilities have been explained in a way where a young reader would either feel talked down to or would not understand the difficulties of the topic. I, as a grown-up reader, enjoy books that deal with those topics more that most books for adults.
5 – There is lots of humor to be found
Now that we are done with the serious stuff: most of the Middlegrade books I have read are really funny. It’s not always comedy on every page but I guess young readers appreciate some kinds of shenenigans every once in a while. I guess that’s true for adult readers too. I mean, who wouldn’t? 😉
6 – They are fast-paced and engaging
I think this is one of the things I love most about Middlegrade. There is never a dull moment in those books, even when the plot slows down a bit.
7 – They are full of imagination and adventure
I feel like this is true for the most Middlegrade Fantasy books and it’s the thing that makes me love them most. Middlegrade books have this kind of whimsy to them, this air of wonder and anticipation and imagination. It’s like they are one big journey into something great, something wonderous and new and exciting. It’s all about discovery, about adventure, about dreams and hopes and struggles and daring and friendship. They are the perfect mix.
This might just be the best post I have written this year. I hope you think so too. 🙂
What do you think of my list? Do you agree? Does this make you wanna pick up all the Middlegrade books?