What makes you want to turn the page?

For years I’ve loved reading children’s books, young adult books, and especially Middle Grade fiction, even though I am well past these age groups.  It’s no wonder that I enjoy working with children, but I am far from an expert in writing these genres.  A couple of years ago, a friend of mine asked me why I wasn’t writing books for children and young adults.  I gnawed on the idea for a little while and I came to the conclusion that my writing wasn’t good enough to keep the children and young adults interested long enough and to turn the pages!

Presently, I know that only half of that is true.  Basically, you could be the best writer in the world, but if you’re not able to get your ideas across and in a fashion that your audience can relate to, then it doesn’t matter.

I’d like to know what tricks, ideas, style types make you want to turn the page in a recent book or an old favorite.

Please feel free to leave comments.

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