Appropriate Audience Age For My Books

I am in the happy position of getting to write books for kids and books for adults under my own name. This is a wonderful position to be in, and it’s a position I hope to remain in until I’m dead and have no more books in me.

It does sometimes lead to confusion about the audience my books are written for. Of course I would like adults to enjoy my kids books in the same way I enjoy kids books, and I also hope some kids, with the participation of adults positioned to help determine what’s appropriate for said particular kids, will enjoy my adult books, just as I enjoyed a lot of adult books when I was a kid.

But without further blabbery, here’re some comments from the author (me) about the targeted age group for my various books.

Norse Code: Adult. Contains graphic violence and dirty words.

Kid vs. Squid: Middle grade, listed by the publisher for grades 3 and up, or ages 8-12, based on vocabulary and complexity of language rather than subject or content.

The Boy at the End of the World: Middle grade, listed by the publisher for grades 5-8, or ages 10-14, based on vocabulary and complexity of language rather than subject or content.

California Bones: Adult. Contains graphic violence and dirty words. Because most of the characters in this book are barely out of their teens, young adult readers might be interested in having a look.

Hope this is useful.

About Greg van Eekhout

Greg van Eekhout is the author of the novels California Bones, The Boy at the End of the World, Kid vs. Squid, Norse Code, and other stuff.
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