Herald's guide covers nearly 1,400 titles and authors for popular teen genres of historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, adventure, sports, romance, and contemporary novels. This book includes titles covering topics that will be of particularly relevance to adolescents, such as death, suicide, self-destruction, mental illness, pregnancy, teen parenting, incest, physical challenges, and missing-teen syndrome. An invaluable aid for locating the ...
Herald's guide covers nearly 1,400 titles and authors for popular teen genres of historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, suspense, horror, adventure, sports, romance, and contemporary novels. This book includes titles covering topics that will be of particularly relevance to adolescents, such as death, suicide, self-destruction, mental illness, pregnancy, teen parenting, incest, physical challenges, and missing-teen syndrome. An invaluable aid for locating the right books for teens.
This is a general guide whose audience will be librarians-often generalists-who need help in providing readers advisory to teens. In the first chapter, Herald provides a good introduction to much of the common wisdom of working with teens. She discusses the importance of cover art and format in YA books, the place of the paperback in the teen collection, and techniques for marketing to teens. Other topics briefly covered are teen summer reading programs, booktalking, author visits, and working with teen volunteers and advisory boards. The author included a list of useful reference tools, journals, and on-line resources, including the popular listserv "pubyac." This is a useful tool in as much as genre guides for teens can be useful. It will date quickly, and already many of the titles are passé among teens. Herald explains in the introduction that the book is not intended to provide comprehensive lists of titles within genres, but to help define genres. Still, the author gives too much space to generalities ("Teen readers who enjoy historical fiction are among the most knowledgeable of teen readers."), when she could have used the space to provide more comprehensive lists, despite her caveat. An excellent index will make this a handy tool when a patron is waiting. With its general overview of teen genres, this title will be a good acquisition for small libraries, media centers, and professionals who are new to YA literature. Index.
School Library Journal
Herald applies her established mastery of genre fiction to young adult fiction in this thorough, well-organized professional guide that works equally well as a collection development tool. She offers practical knowledge that will be useful to both the novice and experienced young adult librarian, clearly explaining, for instance, the differences between science fiction and fantasy. The book's outstanding and ample title lists include choices that span the decades, from classics such as The Catcher in the Rye Little Brown, 1951 to recent titles such as Belle Prater's Boy Farrar, 1996 and Damned Strong Love Holt, 1995. A good contents page and a combined author-title index give readers instant access to the material. There are also such welcome features as YALSA genre lists, along with a selection of author favorite's called "Di's Picks." Like Genre-flecting Libraries Unlimited, 1995, the book does not include publication dates with titles, an omission Herald explains but nonetheless seems a bibliographic drawback. Still, the combination of depth and a compact, user-friendly format makes this volume preferable to titles such as Fiction for Youth Neal Schuman, 1992, What Do Young Adults Read Next? Gale 1994, and The Young Adult Reader's Advisor Bowker, 1992 Every library with a young adult population would benefit from counting this book among its reference sources.Nancy Zachary, Scarsdale NY Public Library
A selected guide to genre literature appropriate for teen reading levels, aiding educators, parents, and librarians in the task of finding books for both avid and reluctant readers. The volume defines each genre and is grouped into broad categories such as historical novels, science fiction, suspense and horror, and romance. The subgenres cover topics from cyberpunk to soap operas and each section also includes "D's Picks"<-->books which the librarian/author deems recommended. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.