Young Adult fiction is just burgeoning these days--lots of good writers and good, thoughtful books for kids on the cusp of adulthood. Here's an interview with Margo Rabb, the author of the Missing Persons YA mystery series.
“Since I started out as a literary short story writer, some acquaintances spoke to me as if I was crazy for writing for young adults in a commercial way, as if it’s a dishonor to my craft,” she writes. “But young adult novels, and mysteries, were so important to me as a kid and teenager. The books that I read at that age affected me very deeply, and I remember those books more vividly than some books I read last year.”
Any Nancy Drew fan will agree with that last statement, along with the Trixie Belden, Judy Bolton, Hardy Boys, Three Investigators and even the Tom Swift crowd. There is a resonance that these books carry into adulthood, a sensory memory that devotees of the genre cling to as much as baseball fans continue to root for their favorite team and a table-full of hungry holiday guests will demand the absolute same style stuffing that Grandma used to make… exactly. Whether or not we are all dwelling in some sort of childhood fantasy world is up for debate, but I happen to think that reading a good book, no matter the target age, is a good thing. And as Margo discovered, writing in this genre can also teach an author a thing or two about their craft.
From Blog of a Bookslut.