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Press Release Fun – Middle Grade: Surviving the YA Onslaught

The Children’s Literary Salon is pleased to announce our next event on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

Middle Grade: Surviving the YA Onslaught

Join authors Jeanne Birdsall ( The Penderwicks), N.D. Wilson ( The Dragon’s Tooth), Adam Gidwitz ( In a Glass Grimmly) and Rebecca Stead ( Liar & Spy) for a discussion of middle grade fiction and popular culture’s attempts to rebrand it YA.

This event will be held in the main branch of NYPL (The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) located at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in the South Court Auditorium.  No reservations necessary.  For questions about the event please contact Elizabeth Bird at

See you there!

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. As I mentioned yesterday to you, I’ve a new tumblr documenting the misidentification of MG as YA at And anyone who wants to send me examples to put there — please do!

  2. Monica,

    You will be interested to know, perhaps, that when I clicked on your link on my classroom computer, my IP address was reported for attempting to view a site labeled as having, “mature/adult” content. It made me laugh. I lead the league, I think, in attempting to access forbidden sites (places like 100 Scope Notes, Read Roger, and Heavy Metal–have all reported my IP address from time to time). I’m bad, I know. Don’t know why Fuse 8 flies under the radar.

  3. Ha! We have a filter at school that occasionally blocks benign sites like mine. I seem to recall my educating alice was blocked at one point.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I don’t know whether or not I should be pleased or offended that I make it past your school’s filters, Ed. Apparently I’ll have to up my nudity quota now.