Monday, April 1, 2013

Middle Grade Monday

Middle Grade Monday is a feature started right here at Reading Nook. It's a way to share news or reviews of middle grade novels on a blog that doesn't exclusively post middle grade content. Feel free to join any time and link up. 

So, I'm sure that most if not all of my older readers(not old, just older) have read Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume. I feel like it's a great story about growing up and figuring out life. The one problem I saw when re-reading it recently and discussing it with the children's librarian ay my library is that it's a bit outdated. I mean, the heart and soul of the novel is still great, but I feel like some of the social situations and the overall setting of the novel may not be as accessible to middle grade kids as it once was. I feel like this novel could take on a second life if the lovely Judy Blume could update it and just make it a bit more relevant to today. I'm not saying it has to be filled with garbage to make it more technology relevant, just a bit more 21st century. Kids are different these days and I think that this great piece of literature should reflect that so that more kids will read it. Someone could write a new novel similar to this, but really I'd love to just see this one redone a bit.    

What so you think? Have you read this one? Do you think it might fair better today if it was brought up to date?

This is a Middle Grade Monday Post feel free to link your middle grade reviews/news below :) 
(doesn't have to be posted on a Monday)

1 comment:

  1. Yep, I'm sure I read this when I was younger, but I do agree that there are books these days that kids will still relate to, and others will be too outdated.


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