Lexile Score

Once upon a time, I used to do the combination grammar/spell checker with Microsoft Word on my middle grade novels and short stories.  I’d reach the end where I’d find that I was writing on the 12th grade level.  Well, it wasn’t a matter of dumbing things down.  It’s a matter of accessbility and meeting readers where they were.  So I cut down some sentences and altered vocabulary.  The next day, I took it through the same check.  I’d managed to get things down to the 10th grade level. 

That’s why it was a bit interesting for me to learn that SUSPECT comes in as a High/Low book on the Lexile scale.  It’s written for older readers, but has that easier sentence structure and vocabulary.  In fact, a gifted third grader could tackle it.   (Yeek!)  But under that smooth and accessible prose is a carefully plotted mystery with some interesting characters.  Or at least I’d like to think so!

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