Hello, Hub readers, and Happy Spring!
Last month we paid tribute to the explosion of incredible YA that hit shelves in 1999, and the leader of that seriously impressive pack, with 28% of the vote, was Laurie Halse Anderson’s groundbreaking work Speak. In a very close second, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban came in with 27%, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky was third with 14%. Tied for 4th with 9% each were two series-openers: Tamora Pierce’s First Test (Protector of the Small series) and Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson series). Next were Fruits Basket Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya with 6%, Lemony Snicket’s (aka Danial Handler’s) The Bad Beginning (the first book in the Series of Unfortunate Events) and Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen with 3% each, and Walter Dean Myers’ award-winning Monster, with 2%. My mind is still boggled that all of these influential and acclaimed works came out the same year.
This month, we’re asking about your favorite authors who write for multiple target audiences (and yes, let’s take a moment to acknowledge that most authors – and librarians! – would argue that “target audience” is a marketing term, not a creative one. The real target audience is anyone for whom the work will make a difference, right?). I’m always curious when someone whose writing I’ve enjoyed publishes something in a spectacularly different vein. The following authors all have work that has been categorized as YA, and other work that has been classified as Adult (as always, let me know in the comments if you have a favorite I haven’t listed):
— Carly Pansulla, currently (re)reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood