One of the trends that you may notice as you browse our shelves is that many authors write books for 2 or more different age groups. Several best-selling adult authors have entered into the Young Adult market recently. James Patterson has been writing for adults and teens for many years. His popular teen titles include the Maximum Ride and Confessions series.
More recently, Harlen Coben, David Baldacci, and Sherrilyn Kenyon have launched Young Adult series.
Richard Paul Evans is probably best known for his gentle adult reads, many set at Christmastime. Did you know Evans also writes a science fiction series about a teenager with Tourette’s Syndrome? The Michael Vey books have been very popular at our branches and at the South Dearborn High School.
Adrianna Trigiani, author of The Big Stone Gap series for adults, has two teen books to her credit. Jodi Picoult has taken a different approach to writing for teens; she shares the writing responsibilities with her daughter Samantha Van Leer.
The cross-over trend is not limited to teen and adult books. Carl Hiaasen has been writing both adult and juvenile fiction for a long time. You may be familiar with his book Hoot which was turned into a popular movie. Hiaasen’s books for children almost always have an environmental theme, but with lots of humor, just like his adult books. They make great books for upper elementary or middle school kids who like fast-moving stories that will also make them laugh. Hiaasen also has one book in our Teen area.
In addition to adult and teen books, James Patterson has several series for middle grade readers. The covers shown below are the first books in three of these series.
John Grisham and Alexander McCall Smith have also written series of juvenile fiction.
Judy Blume is probably most famous for her children’s books like Fudge-a-mania, but also has written for adults, including In the Unlikely Event (2015). Neil Gaiman is a bit unique because he has books in our adult, teen, juvenile fiction and picture book areas. His chapter book The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal in 2008 and he has written picture books featuring a panda named Chu.
Are there other cross-over authors you would recommend to our readers? Let us know, so we can add them to the list!