Monday

Well, my Twitter/Facebook update experiment is over. I generally let everyone see what one of my week's was like. Of course, it wasn't entirely accurate because I got too stressed on Friday to try to do posts. I also worked a little Saturday and a lot Sunday. It was one of those weeks where I don't get a day off. Sigh. The joys of being your own boss.

However, now we're back to the normal editorial fare for this blog. And this week, I though we'd talk about my favorite genre of all: the mystery.

I think there is a sad lack of pure mysteries in the midgrade and YA age ranges. You find lots of mystery chapter book series and hundreds of adult mysteries, but not that many midgrades and YAs. And of the midgrades and YA mysteries you do find, they almost always cheat.

For example, in Chasing Vemeer when the painting uses supernatural means to tell the children where it is, that's not solving a mystery. It's cheating. Or in Getting the Girl when the author withholds crucial information that would have solved the mystery early on, but the mystery isn't solvable without it, that's not a great mystery. It's cheating.

So, this week instead of a writing prompt, I thought we could have an extra discussion. I am interested in knowing what are some of the great midgrade and YA mysteries that you've read. Go to the forum for Buried in the Slushpile to join the discussion I started there.

7 comments:

Deb said...

Thank you, THANK YOU for the comment about Chasing Vermeer. I thought it was cheating, too. I love the information that is passed through the novel, and my kids loved it too, and remember it! But I thought that the sudden appearance of the supernatural was cheap. Surely someone as talented as Blue Balliett could have found a better way to resolve the story.

Pam said...

I agree with you that there need to be more mysteries. The only one that I can think of that I've run across this year is Baccalario's "Century: Ring of Fire". I quite liked that one and while it had fantasy elements it had great pacing and a puzzle to solve.

Let's hope we'll see more in the New Year.

Pam
BFK-r

Jenni said...

Have you ever read Juniper by Gene Kemp? It was one of my favourite books when I was a kid and it's a pure mystery. It's probably out of print now of course....

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