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Adult Authors

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

No, not authors who are adults but authors who write for adults. I have noticed a trend, as of late, where adult mystery authors (Patterson, Kenyon, Baldacci, etc) have entered the children’s and YA arena.

What’s up with that? I mean, why? Is is something you have always wanted to do or is there better money in children’s/YA lit since Harry Potter, Twilight and Hunger Games?

Most notable, I believe, is James Patterson‘s entrance into YA. Maximum Ride and Witch & Wizard are the two that come to mind. I read most of Maximum Ride and one or two of Witch & Wizard. I could not go on. Do not get me wrong, I have read and own the entire Women’s Murder Club series and have loves reading the Alex Cross series. I think this is where he is at his best writing. Adult (murder) mystery books. Not a big fan of his YA though. It felt as if he worked really hard to sound like a teenager. It read like he tried too hard. It was too contrived. As a teacher who hears kids talk, it felt fake when reading the books.

I was in Barnes & Noble yesterday and noticed adult murder mystery writer Sherrilyn Kenyon in the YA section. Her series, The Chronicle of Nick, looks appealing but I am not sure I am ready for another adult author trying to horn-in on the YA trend.

That being said, I am liking the new 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers #6 book written by David Baldacci. Maybe it is because I am not a fan of Baldacci’s adult work that I appreciate his YA work? I don’t know. Maybe?

I will be watching…

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13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers

13-Gordon Korman 39 Clues Cahills vs Vespers (Photo credit: Scholastic Inc.)

The 39 Clues

The 39 Clues (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, folks. This is when I get caught up on my growth up reading! I will not be posting too much for elementary aged children here unless I find something new or unexpected. I did read another 39 Clues: Cahills vs Vespers (#6), Day of Doom, this week. By David Baldacci.

I have to say I liked the way he wrote this final(?) book of this series. A little darkness but also revelations about the who the characters ultimately are to themselves and to those around them.

Warning; however, there is some sadness. There will be death and redemption in this particular book.

Great job Mr. Baldacci! I look forward to more of your writing in this series (The 39 Clues).

Joy of Being a Children’s Librarian

I can read all the books I want without feeling embarrassed!! When I get funny looks from the checkout clerks in book stores my husband cheerily offers the explanation, “she’s a children’s librarian.” He likes the kids books as much as I do!

As of late he has taken to the 39 Clues series’ of books. We finished the first series in record time! He is reading the second series and is very opinionated about who the Vespers are and their motives! I even use him as an example to other parents as to the greatness of these books because my husband has dyslexia and reading was always difficult. He has a master’s degree in IT so he can read when he must but reading for enjoyment just did not happen. When I tell parents he read the series out of enjoyment for the story lines, the history, biographical information and geography touched upon, they are amazed!

I also get to enjoy the pure silliness of reading! Who doesn’t love Dirty Bertie and Walter the Farting Dog? I get to read silly and sometimes a little inappropriate material and share the fun of saying those forbidden words (stupid, dumb, and well, FART) AT SCHOOL!

No one has as much fun as I. I get to read it all. Prekindergarten level all the way through adult reading material. It is great!

I am currently reading a cozy mystery, a 39 Clues children’s adventure mystery, and a realistic fiction adult book. I have on request from my public library a YA sci-fi. No justification needed but just in case anyone actually asks, I AM A CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN!

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