“Mystery books are good for kids who do not like to read. Look for adventure books where the action is driven by talk not text. Books with descriptive text bore children. Find books that are two hundred pages or less. This is so the mystery book does not intimate the child, tween and teen reader.”
These are the words of Taisha Turner at Children’s Book Site I came upon this site today as I was surfing the net. I hadn’t seen it before, and was happy to find out that the books I write for 8-to-13-year-olds match the description she holds as a model.
I’m in the midst of writing the fourth in my Magda of Mayne Mystery Series. Happily, these books match her guidelines in three important ways:
Check – Like the other three in this stand-alone series, this adventure novel is “driven by talk not text.”
Check – Description plays a minor but special role: that of setting the mood.
Check – All of these books fall into the appropriate range in length, of 200 or fewer pages.
So, if you know of any kids who “do not like to read” they should enjoy these.
I’d love to hear from you regarding these guidelines.