What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Inverted. Card was always really confused when people referred to this book as children's literature, instead insisting, "There's no such thing as children's literature."
Card: Ender's Game was written with no concessions to young readers. My protagonists were children, but the book was definitely not aimed at kids. I was perfectly aware that the rule of thumb for childrenís literature is that the protagonist must be a couple of years older than the target audience. You want ten-year-old readers, you have a twelve-year-old hero. At the beginning of the book, Ender is six. Who, exactly, is the target audience?