Something interesting came up in my book club last night.
We tend to read adult fiction but we use our local library book club kits, so the books vary in length, genre, and age. Our most recent read was THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. Our next book is David Edding's PAWN OF PROPHECY. It was published in 1982.
I haven't read it yet, but when I saw the cover I immediately knew some of my fellow book clubbers were going to hate it. And sure enough, when a couple of them saw the cover (typical fantasy) without even reading the back cover copy, blurted out "I'm not going to like this, am I?"
Someone else asked me (the resident kid lit lover) if it was YA. Interesting question. It looks like YA, but in 1982, I don't think YA existed as a category. She wondered if it was appropriate to read to her kids.
I'm kind of excited to dig in--PAWN OF PROPHECY gets 4.5 stars on Goodreads (which also categorizes it as YA, by the way). For all I know, I read it as a teen when I was WAY into fantasy.
What makes it YA? The age of the characters? The themes? Coming of age?
What do you think? Have you read it?