When I ran out of Nancy Drews, I found Ellery Queen Jrs., maybe fifth
grade. I doubt that they were hardboiled or noir, but they were crime
fiction for kids and led me in the right direction. I think there were
only a few books in the Jr. series, or at least that's all the library had.
> --Well, not too surprising...albeit not a few RA-style folk made serious careers as YA writers, such as William Campbell Gault (albeit most of his YA work is sports fiction, probably the adult mode he'sd most excelled at in the pulp years), Frank Bohham (perhaps even better known as a western writer, till books like the contemporary urban YA DURANGO STREET were picked up and kept in print forever by Scholastic), Kin Platt (whose YA career has all but eclipsed his adult work) amd certainly Marijane Meaker (almost likewise--at least, "M. E. Kerr" has sold a Lot more YA books over the last three decades+ than "Vin Packer" has adult novels, albeit VP and her other adult pseuds haven't been forgotten) and not a few others (and Steve Frazee and a slew of others have at least dabbled with YA and younger-audience books, for the likes of Whitman and others, as completist collectors have enjoyed reminding us).
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