I have been receiving amazing feedback from my fans, young and old, about “Extinction: The Day The World Ended.” I remember reading once that the test of a good children’s book is that adults enjoy it too. The article was referring to C.S Lewis‘s Narnia Series. Whilst I am not placing Extinction: The Day The World Ended in such high and distinguised company as these acclaimed books, it is nice to know that it’s not just 12 year olds who love and are buying my book.
One woman commented that Extinction: The Day The World Ended has a “cheeky sense of humour”. I’m sure kids have noticed that too. There are many layers in my story and something different unfolds on each reading and with each reader.
Another adult fan told me that he reads lots of apocalyptic fiction and that he liked the different take on it that Extinction had. And he loved the cliff-hanger ending.
My four year old daughter, Isla, loves the fact that the book has been dedicated to her. When I showed her the ‘For Isla’ dedication at the beginning of the book, she recognised her name and then ran off with the book, believing it to be hers. When a fan approached me recently at Isla’s gymnastic’s class, asking for me to sign her copy of the book, Isla grabbed the book and wouldn’t give it back. “It’s mine,” she told the woman. I can’t wait to start reading Extinction to her. I know she is a little young yet, but I have students in Year 2 (age 7) who are reading, and loving my book.
So how can publishers accurately put an age on a book? To do so will potentially limit the book’s audience. I know it’s necessary at the younger end of the scale, but to shelve C.S Lewis’s books in the children’s section is doing his brillaint stories, and others, a great disservice. And for readers, don’t bypass the children’s section, thinking that you are too “grown-up” for a great adventure story. No-one ever is.