I started writing an upper middle-grade book last year, but as it progresses I’m beginning to question whether it’s actually YA.
After lots of research on the subject I’ve come to the (slightly uncomfortable) conclusion that it probably sits somewhere in between both camps, but as there is no ‘Somewhere between MG and YA’ shelf in my local bookstore I realise I’m going to have to commit to one or the other.
So I have been asking myself some questions (and you can ask yourself these too if you’re in the same predicament as me)…
1. Word count.
It looks like it’s going to be around 50K words when complete, so more of a YA word count than MG, but factor in that it’s a fantasy, and it may fall a little short…
Complexity of language is probably more YA than MG, but I’m an advocate of encouraging young people to increase their word power, so… meh.
I guess it’s more YA in that key characters change throughout the story, but the themes are trust and false pride, which could be appreciated by older MG readers
No sex or overly bad language, which is suitable for both MG & YA (Tick!)
All in all, I’m leaning towards YA, as I think younger readers who are interested in the premise would read it anyway.