Mark Haddon (no significant spoillers)

Melissa Proffitt Melissa at Proffitt.com
Thu Feb 19 16:01:06 EST 2004


On Wed, 18 Feb 2004 22:41:47 +0000, Hallie O'Donovan wrote:

>>One thing that bugged me a little was that Haddon's book was shelved in the
>>YA section, and it seems a lot more like an adult book to me.  Next thing
>>you know they're going to stick _To Kill a Mockingbird_ in there just
>>because the protagonist is a kid....
>
>Was it not published as both adult and YA over there as it was this 
>side of the water?  Rather a big deal was made of that dual 
>publication here, iirc.  I do think it came to my attention sooner 
>because of being in YA, though I still haven't read it yet.  Becca 
>ran off with it and was very impressed.  I've now lent it to my 
>mother, which means it may be a while before I get it back.

I didn't look into it in any detail, but I found it in the YA section, read
it, thought "Huh," and then checked around to see that it was being plugged
as an adult book elsewhere.  My feeling was that it was a local-library
quirk at the time.  Now I'm not sure.

Melissa Proffitt

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