The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature

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Teen literature expert Carstensen, creator and editor of School Library Journal‘s Adult Books 4 Teens blog, presents this comprehensive resource for serving the reading interests of teens in all types of libraries. Moving far beyond merely offering lists of book titles, this RA guide specifically helps librarians and educators in public libraries, middle and high school libraries, and colleges and universities expand their knowledge of young adult literature genre by genre. Covering popular YA titles as well as adult titles with crossover appeal, Carstensen

  • offers in-depth chapters discussing realistic fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, thrillers, and nonfiction;
  • includes core titles and authors in each genre that can be used to create a reading plan, plus specific whole collection readers’ advisory advice for serving both existing fans and those new to the genre;
  • examines teen reading habits and offers tips for successful marketing; and
  • provides guidance on getting up to speed as well as additional resources for staying current.

This guide will help readers’ advisors understand what teens appreciate about their favorite genres while also serving as a helpful collection development tool.

Series Introduction


Part I
1    Readers’ Advisory and Young Adult Literature
2    Teen Reading Habits and Marketing to Teens
3    Readers’ Advisory with Teens
4    Getting Up to Speed and Resources for Staying Current
5    How This Book Works

Part II
6    Realistic Fiction
7    Science Fiction
8    Fantasy, by Karyn Silverman
9    Horror
10    Historical Fiction, by Carrie Shaurette
11    Adrenaline: Mystery, Suspense, Crime, Thriller, Adventure, Supernatural Thriller
12    Nonfiction


Angela Carstensen

Angela Carstensen has served as a school librarian since 2000. Currently, she is Director of Library and Information Services at Sacred Heart Greenwich, a private K-12 girl’s school in Connecticut. She is author of Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation (ALA Editions, 2011), and former editor of School Library Journal’s Adult Books 4 Teens blog. Angela has chaired YALSA’s Michael L. Printz Award, Alex Award, and Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adult committees.

”Thoughtful, well-organized ... It's refreshing to see graphic novels folded in with their respective genres, and no longer relegated to an additional consideration section. It's also good to see newer subgenres, such as 'grimdark' (speculative fiction that is violent and dystopian in tone, setting, or style) represented. This is a helpful and accessible addition to professional library literature, useful for both students and practitioners."
— Booklist

”Carstensen offers plenty of resources for keeping up with YA literature ... The succinct book summaries alone make this a worthy purchase, but the additional resources and suggestions result in an essential addition to professional collections."
— School Library Journal (starred review)

"Well-thought-through and user-friendly ... This book certainly contributes to the professional practices of advisory work for young adults, attracting teens into the world of literature and ‘transformational reading’, which, in my view, is of unique value and meaning.”
— Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association