Some of the best books being written nowadays are middle grade and young adult books. I think it’s because there’s such an opportunity for creativity. Don’t get me wrong, there are para-normals, sci-fi, etc., that are all options for creativity for adults. But only in MG and YA do you have celebrations of creativity—giddy, over-the-top fun. Consider, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (yes, by that Salman Rushdie). If you don’t know what a P2C2E is, you have not yet lived.
Of course, there’s our buddy Harry. Didn’t you want a Nimbus 2000? I did. That and the time-turner. My kids are thrilled there’s no such thing, or I’d find even more time for them to do schoolwork.
What about the Artemis Fowl novels and the comic book? If Mulch Diggums isn’t the ultimate 12 year old boy laughfest, no one is. Okay, he’s even a Mom laughfest.
And then there’s the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. We just finished reading the last book of the first series, The Last Olympian. Without being a spoiler, let’s just say Percy is an Odysseus with a large dollop of New York attitude who loves both his mortal and Olympian family. And, oh yeah, he’s saves the world, more than once. But not without Annabeth’s help. I think I’d kill for her Yankees’ cap. But then, who wouldn’t…