Thursday, April 5, 2012
The ABC's of Middle Grade: R is for Rascal
Rascally villains take all shapes and forms in middle grade books. They can be conniving bullies, evil sorcerers, or mean old neighbor ladies. Those are obvious rascal/villains, easy to pick out in the story, the good vs. bad type of rascals. But there are plenty of rascals that aren't so obvious--the villain can be the conflict itself, the story's setting, or a main character's internal struggle.
Rascals in middle grade books come alive in millions of ways. But do middle grade readers care what kind of rascal a story has as long as the story has one? I have my views but would love to hear yours. What's your take?