In my last post, I wrote about the idea that complexity of motives is a good indicator of whether you are writing an early reader (also known as a chapter book), middle grade, or young adult novel.
Today I want to introduce what I call Range of Effect. In a nutshell this concept says that the younger the reader, the smaller the circle of people the protagonist’s motives are directly concerned with.
Let’s take the same three books we used to examine complexity of motives. But this time, let’s look at the range of effect for the motives each book.