by Michelle Gagnon
So I'm currently at Bouchercon, the annual world
mystery conference. This year we've all gathered in Cleveland, and today
I had the pleasure of sitting on a YA panel with our own Jordan Dane
(Keir Graff, Joelle Charbonneau, and Bev Irwin also participated).
The questions was raised: how many adults are currently
reading young adult novels? A current statistic actually lists the
number at 52%, so apparently more adults than teens are digging into YA
Granted, a lot of that could be
attributed to the wild success of the Twilight and Hunger Games series
(not to mention Harry Potter). But with that in mind, should YA novels
still be shelved in a separate section in bookstores?
One of my favorite novels of the past few years was The
Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. I firmly believe that it stands up against
any great novel written for adults. The language is sheer poetry, the
story gripping, the characters believable and well-portrayed. So should I
have to climb an elevator in Barnes & Noble to find a copy?
A few of the librarians in the audience this morning
addressed the issue, saying that they were resisting pressure to shelve
teen books exclusively in the teen section.
off to the opening reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame now
(woo-hoo!), so this will of necessity be brief. But I'd love to know
what everyone thinks...