Crossing the line from Middle-Grade to Young-Adult?

Asked by: Michelle Montoya

What is the difference between middle grade and YA?

Middle-grade fiction refers to books written for readers between the ages of 8 and 12, while young adult fiction refers to books written for readers roughly between the ages of 12 and 18.

Is Percy Jackson middle grade?

Examples of middle grade fiction include Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, and the early Harry Potter books.

What’s the difference between young adult and adult?

1. The age of the protagonist/s. Without a doubt, the primary difference between young adult and adult fiction is the age of the main characters. For a book to fall firmly into the ‘young adult’ category, it must have at least one teenage protagonist, usually aged in the upper teens – between 15 and 19 years old.

What age is middle grade?

8 to 12 years old

Middle grade writing format and style. The most basic definition of middle grade is a story that is meant for readers 8 to 12 years old. But to explore this concept more deeply, you should consider narrative elements such as chapter format, reading level, story themes, and age-appropriate content.

Is Acotar an adult?

Also, Goodreads itself identifies ACOTAR as New Adult on their dedicated page for the genre.

Can adults read middle grade books?

As readers, we’ve collectively decided that it’s perfectly acceptable to read young adult fiction at any age, and that’s as it should be. Perhaps this is, in part, due to YA books accessibility across media, with many popular YA books and series being turned into movie franchises, TV shows, and miniseries.

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Is Harry Potter YA or middle grade?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone is not a YA novel. It’s middle-grade, meaning it’s for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Is Coraline middle grade?

Coraline is a 2002 novel by Neil Gaiman. Strangely, it is called a novella, despite being the typical length of a middle grade novel (30,640 words).

Is The Hobbit middle grade?

There was no such thing as MG or YA when Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, and it’s hard to argue it’s a Middle Grade novel when the main character is 50 years old in the book (if I remember correctly).

What reading level is LOTR?

According to the accelerated reader program, it’s a 5th grade reading level.

What grade level is Harry?

The first book in the series requires a reading level of 880L, which makes it an appropriate read for most 5th and 6th graders.

What age is Harry Potter for?

Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set, Books 1-7

But there are a few age-related guidelines to take into consideration: From a technical standpoint, Harry Potter is categorized as a middle-grade read, which typically encompasses 9–to–12-year-olds.

What grade level is the Hobbit appropriate for?


Parents need to know that, of J.R.R. Tolkien’s many excellent books, The Hobbit is the better choice for tweens. It makes a great read-aloud for kids 8 and up and read-alone for 10 or 11 and up. Kids younger than 8 will probably have a tough time with both the vocabulary and some of the violence.

What is the appropriate age for Diary of a Wimpy kid?


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The intended audience is kids in grades 3-7, or ages 8-12. However, many kids that fall outside that age bracket are reading and talking about this series. What’s it about? It’s about Greg, a skinny middle school student near the bottom of the social pecking order and his misadventures at school and at home.

What age is Percy Jackson appropriate for?

Common Sense Media (my go-to spot for judging what media is appropriate for what age of kids) rates the Percy Jackson books as for kids aged 9–10.

Is Harry Potter appropriate for a 7 year old?

The Harry Potter Series: Ages and Stages

The first three Harry Potter books are great to read aloud to kids aged from about six or seven up. Certainly most children – both boys and girls – will love them from the age of eight.

What age is Wings of Fire for?

What age are the Wings of Fire books appropriate for? The series is certainly one for lovers of action, adventure and fantasy. I would suggest they will be most enjoyable for reasonably confident readers from 10 years of age, possibly 9 years if you child is okay with violence and other sensitive content (see above).

What age is trials of Apollo for?


Rick Riordan Trials of Apollo Collection 3 Books Set- Ages 9-14 – Paperback.

Is trials of Apollo LGBT?

As his most LGBTQ+ friendly young adult novel so far, Rick Riordan’s Trials of Apollo has set the bar for both humor and sexual acceptance. Narrated from the Greek god Apollo’s point of view, the story is a surprising contrast to the traditional mythological cannon.

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What age group is Magnus chase for?

The Magnus Chase reading level and age rating for the trilogy is around 10+. However, my son started reading this series at around nine years old. Age ratings are always flexible and depend on your child’s interest level and reading needs.

What grade level is trials of Apollo?

The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle

Interest Level Reading Level ATOS
Grades 5 – 9 Grades 3 – 6 5.1

How many AR points is the trials of Apollo?


ATOS Book Level: 5.1
Interest Level: Middle Grades (MG 4-8)
AR Points: 13.0
Word Count: 83801

What is the Lexile level of Magnus chase?

HL 710L

Published on October 3, 2017
Age Group: 10 – 14 years
Reading Level: AR : 5.1 (15.0 Points, Quiz #191410) Lexile® measure: HL 710L