Percy Jackson. Stargirl.
Harry Potter. Terabithia.
Outsiders. Daniel X.
Twilight. Catcher in the Rye.
Pretty Little Liars. Ender's Game.
The Giver. Speak. The Skin I'm In.
What do these titles have in common?
Power? Love? Tragedy? Recognition? Voice? Brains tickled? Pages turned?
Why do middle-grade readers love Fudge, Judy Moody, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid sooooo much?
What's not to love?
|Are You There, God?|
Remember being a kid? We could grin at a friend and start crafting fun out of anything. If you call math drills "math kung fu" and pull out a timer, then you might find the kids doing math with a smile. The Joy Factor.
Let's play. Tickle brains. Get dramatic.
Kids love power, right?. All kinds of power. Adolescents like power, too, but they also seem to like stories that are dipped in tragicomedy and end with some brand of heroic recognition.
Let's humor them!
Can I develop unique stories that are a joy to read?