Here are a few links to blogs, posts, and articles on the Crossover Novel that I found really helpful in thinking about last week’s topic.
Unrelated-ish link I’d like to write a post on (no time this week!) but thought it was worth sharing for the future.
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni was a 2011 winner of the Alex Awards. The Alex Awards go to 10 books that are originally written for adults that would appeal to a young adult audience. This is a relatively new award, one that was created in juxtaposition of the genesis of the contemporary crossover novel.
The crossover novel is a very interesting category and one that I’m excited to discuss. I’ve read a lot about crossover novels and one thing that struck me is the idea that the hierarchy between adults and children has become flatted in literature. The consequences of this model can be far reaching. It has a very significant connection to controversial books. Much of the debate between controversial novels is focused the idea of educating/protecting our children. Many books are highlighted as controversial in an attempt to protect children. Many authors, librarians, publishers, readers counter that these books are there to educate about a certain topic. I think that crossover novels are linked to this debate because it allows children to read more adult oriented themes.