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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

By David Almond

The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
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  • Hardcover: Jan 2014,
    272 pages.

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Crossing Into the Borderlands: The New YA Readers

The True Tale Of The Monster Billy Dean, first published in the UK in 2011 by Penguin's adult imprint, Viking, was reviewed as David Almond's debut for adults, but it was simultaneously released as a young adult novel by Puffin, another Penguin imprint. It is one of a growing number of books that straddles the borderlands of adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction while the adult audience for YA and MG literature continues to grow.

Traditionally, the middle-grade genre has been aimed at eight to twelve year-olds and as Laura Backes at The Children's Book Insider explains, characterized by conflicts focused inward with themes ranging from friendship to school situations to relationships with siblings and peers. The middle-grade protagonist is learning how to operate in the world, solidifying personal identity, experiencing the physical and psychological changes of puberty, taking on new responsibilities within the boundaries of family, friends and neighborhood. In contrast, the ...

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