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Why are middle grade books suddenly so popular? Fact is, they aren’t just for kids ages 8 – 13. Think of J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular Harry Potter series or the classic Madeline L’Engel’s Time Quintet. I read both series as an adult. The issues that delighted, challenged, and pained us as older kids don’t really ever leave us behind. There’s still a kid in us trying to make sense of the world. Maybe that’s why I wrote The Last Crystal Trilogy. Each of the books is grounded in a real time and place, explores the value of kindness in a world that is often unkind, and makes room for adventure, fantasy, and mystery. And each makes the important point that there are some things only a child can do because kids have the imagination to see things in new and novel ways.
The perfect formula for a middle grade novel, according to Jim Alkon, Editorial Director of BookTrib.com is: “(1) rooted in fact with a semi-educational bent; (2) steeped in adventure and cliffhanging wonder of what’s coming next; and (3) designed to stimulate the imagination with fantasy and improbable occurrences as real as the author’s storytelling can convince.” And guess what? He was writing a review of The Black Alabaster Box!
If you’re shopping for yourself or for a youngster you love, I think you’ll enjoy the Trilogy. Click on the books below to read about each one and to find buy links. You’ll find the first couple of chapters, too.