"What about children do you find compelling as characters?
Children as a whole are more interesting as main characters because, by definition, there is lot that they don't know, and at the beginning of the book there is a lot that the reader does not know and so they can learn together."
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Terry Pratchett: State of the Nation - 8/24/2009 2:10:00 PM - School Library Journal
Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.