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Old Jun 29 2021, 01:48 PM   #2
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Default Re: Crystal Singer Question

Did YA really exist as a marketing category when the Crystal Singer books were published? I feel like they predate it.

I agree that it seems an odd fit for CS - while they're fine for teens to read, the main character is older than the typical age range for YA, and it's not really a coming-of-age story, which are what I expect of a YA book (along with age-appropriateness and perhaps less complex plot and grammar/language, and often on the shorter side of novels).

The original shorts can be found in anthologies. There were four short stories published in Continuum 1 through 4, edited by Roger Elwood. There was also a graphic novel adaptation of the first short story in Starstream #3, also edited by Elwood. There some interesting differences between the shorts and the first book, the most notable (and only one I recall offhand) is that Killashandra dies in the final short.
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