The Boys in the Boat: YA edition

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The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics   Another young reader adaptation, “The Boys in the Boat” has been released to appeal to go after a younger audience.  Following the pattern of “I Am Malala,” “Unbroken,” and the Bill O’Reilly Lincoln title, “The Boys in the Boat” is hoping to capture the younger readers with adult interests. (Adult version: 416 pages; YA edition: 240 pages).

The True Story of an American Team’s Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown

Savvy publishers seem to be attempting to double their money by reissuing popular titles adapted for a younger audience.  Is this another case of the helicopter parenting generation coddling their children? It used to be that children would be challenged to simply read the ‘adult’ version of a book and stretch their intellectual capacity.  Publishers are savvy now in marketing these adult best sellers to a different demographic- a younger generation.  Or are adults also wandering over to the young readers editions which allows them to experience a book in less time?

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