Tag Archives: juvenile

Question 545: Writing For Children

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Robert asks: “Are there hard rules for different age ranges of children’s books? Can they be broken?”

Resources Mentioned:
The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope (this was called “The Boxcar Children” in the episode, but that was an error)
Charlotte’s Web by EB White
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon
Tom Swift by Victor Appleton II
Harry Potter by JK Rowling
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by EL Koenigsberg
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1984 by George Orwell
Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol
Goosebumps by RL Stein
On Faerie Stories by J.R.R. Tolkien (essay  in the collection Tree and Leaf)

YA Adventure Special 10: Hadrian’s Flight, Pinch Point

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We continue our journey through Hadrian’s Flight. Now we’re at the pinch point in the novel, where our main character goes from being reactive to proactive, and as a result the world changes around him.

YA Adventure Special 8: Hadrian’s Flight, Boot Camp

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Today I talk about the Boot Camp phase of Hadrian’s Flight, which is that part of any YA novel where the character’s identity is broken down and rebuilt to meet the demands of the story. I explain why this is important, how it works, and how I did it to Hardiran.

YA Adventure Special 7: Hadrian’s Flight, Core Team

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Today, we explore what happens when the author of Hadrian’s Flight gets lost along with the character right at the point where the core cast of characters should be coming together. Productivity slows, regrouping ensues, and worldbuilding commences in earnest.