Read On...Speculative Fiction for Teens: Reading Lists for Every Taste

Read On...Speculative Fiction for Teens: Reading Lists for Every Taste

by Jamie Kallio


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This guide offers exciting new reading paths for students who enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal themes. With over 350 titles organized into their primary appeal characteristics and scores of thematic lists, librarians and educators will benefit from lists of contemporary selections specifically written for teens.

• A plethora of reading lists organized by theme, topic, and popularity

• Bibliographic information and concise descriptions for each title

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781598846539
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2012
Series: Read On Series
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jamie Kallio is youth services librarian at Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: YA, Here to Stay xv

Just Enough to Fill a (Bewitched) Teacup: A Totally Concise History of Teen Fantasy and Speculative Fiction xv

Use Me Any Way You Want xvii

Chapter 1 Story

Take Me Away! Historical Fantasy 1

(Bad) Politics, as Usual 3

Let's Go, Already! Journey Stories 4

Ye Gods! Stories of Mythical Proportions 6

Holy Smokes! Dragons 7

Look, Ma, I Can Fly! … and Other Experiments 9

Fantasia: Stories of Music and Magic 11

Once Upon a Twist: Fairy Tales Old and Retold 12

Dead Zone: Stories from beyond the Grave 13

Hanging with the King: Arthurian Fantasy 15

Something's Afoot: Magic and Mystery 16

Struggling with Our Demons: Battling Evil Fiends 18

Messin' with Mother Nature: Earthly Disasters 19

You Give Me Fever: Plague Stories 21

Not Raised in a Barn: Fantastical Animals 22

Chapter 2 Character

Love Bites: Vampire Relationships 25

My Poor Cold Heart: The Lives of the Undead 27

Falling for You: Immortal Beings 28

Dangerous Beauties: The Realm of Faerie 30

It's a Wizard Thing: Masters and Mages 32

Did I Do That? Paranormal Powers 34

Meet the Orphans 35

Just Like Me: Robots and Clones 36

You're Such a Witch! 38

You Talkin' To Me? Tough Chicks 40

Courage, Lads! Boys Coming of Age 41

Full Moon Risin': Werewolves 43

Brains Need Not Apply: Zombies! 44

Looks Aren't Everything: Shape-Shifters 46

Under the Sea: Merfolk 47

The Book Is the Thing: Characters with a Literary Edge 49

Tooth and Nail: Animal Kingdoms 50

Bless Your Thieving Heart: Criminals 52

What's Up, Bro? Sensational Siblings 53

Space Invaders: Aliens 54

Chapter 3 Setting

School Sucks: Academies for the Extraordinary 57

Hipsters, Jokesters, and Monsters in the Subway: Urban Fantasy 59

You Slay Me: Medieval Fantasy 61

Yo Ho Ho! Nautical Fantasy 62

The Far East: Stories Set in Asia-or Something Like It 63

Follow That Dirigible! Steampunk 65

Fight the System! Corrupt Societies 66

But It Looks Like Home: Parallel Universes 68

Give Me Space: Exploring the Universe(s) 70

The New Normal: Future Life 71

It's About Time … Travel 73

Chapter 4 Mood

I See Through You: Ghostly Encounters 75

Slime Included: Monsters 77

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: Gothic Fantasy 79

Stranger with My Face: Possession 80

Shades of Fantasy: Magical Realism 82

Charmed, I'm Sure: Fantasy Chick Lit 83

Don't Make Me Laugh: Humor 85

Blood and Guts: Fantastic Gore 86

Chapter 5 Language

Simply Delicious: Lyrical Fantasy 89

Private Property: Diary Stories 91

Time for Just One: Short Story Collections 92

Visual Language: Graphic Novels 94

Moving Pictures: Comics into Movies 95

Language Comes Alive! Spec Lit on Audio 97

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet! Short, Quick Reads 98

Let Me Tell You Something: First-Person Narratives 100

Challenge Yourself! Adult/Teen Crossovers 101

From the Masters: Epic Fantasy and Sci-Fi 103

Appendix 1 Awards 107

Alex Awards 107

ALA Notable Children's Books-Older Readers Category 107

Edgar Allen Poe Awards: Best Juvenile Mystery Novel 108

Hugo Awards 108

Locus Awards: Fantasy Novel 108

Locus Awards: Young Adult Book Award 109

Michael L. Printz Award 109

Newbery Award 109

YALSA Best Books for Young Adults 109

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens 111

YALSA 100 Best Books (1950-2000) 112

Appendix 2 Audio Awards 113

ALSC Notable Children's Recordings 113

Audie Awards 113

AudioFile Earphones Award Winner 113

GRAMMY Awards (Best Spoken Word for Children) 114

Odyssey Award 114

YALSA Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults 114

Index 115

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