Missing the Middle

School Library Journal has an interesting article about the middle grade novel: Disappearing Children’s Books.  Writer Vicky Smith speaks eloquently on the current situation where middle grade novels are growing more and more endangered as teen novels grow in number and children’s picture books increase their share of the market.  As a lover of the true middle grade novel, I tend to agree.  But they are out there and some of them are just as wonderful as the books of our childhood.  It just makes being a librarian who deals with children who are beyond easy readers and before angst novels even more challenging.  Don’t you love a good treasure hunt though?