Blast From The Past Monday: Melanie Conklin on Finding Voice in Middle Grade


This December I’m looking back and sharing some of my favorite posts of 2014. One of the most informative was a guest post from author, Melanie Conklin on defining Middle Grade voice. I’m thrilled to be able to share this great post again, and hope you’ll learn as much as I did after reading Melanie’s wonderful words.


One of my most vivid memories as a child is sitting in my closet with a blanket and pillow and reading some of my favorite books. Back then I didn’t know stories like Island of the Blue Dolphins and Bridge to Terabithia were considered “Middle Grade.” All I knew was the characters spoke to me in a way that transported me out of my home in California to an amazing new land. What pulled me in and kept me reading? The “voice” of the characters.

Today I’ve asked writer, Melanie Conklin to share what she thinks is…

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