A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, 2nd Edition
Discover new realms of magic and mayhem when you peruse this bibliography of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal fiction.
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The most current and complete guide to a favorite teen genre, this book maps current releases along with perennial favorites, describing and categorizing fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction titles published since 2006.
Speculative fiction continues to be of consuming interest to teens, so if you work with that age group, keeping up with the explosion of new titles in this category is critical. Likewise, understanding the many genres and subgenres into which these titles fall—wizard fantasy, alternate worlds, fantasy mystery, dystopian fiction, science fantasy, and more—is also key if you want to motivate young readers and direct them to books they'll enjoy. Written to help you master a complex array of genres and titles, this guide includes more than 1,500 books, most published since 2006, organizing them by genre, subgenre, and theme. Subgenres growing in popularity such as "steampunk" are highlighted to keep you current with the latest trends.
The guide will serve three audiences. Of course, you can turn to it as you help your teenage patrons select the books and genres that will interest them most. Teen readers, whether devoted fans or newcomers, can use it themselves to find titles and subgenres they might like. In addition, the guide will help teachers and parents match students with the right books.
- Encompasses a wide selection of speculative fiction genres to suit a broad spectrum of readers in grades 6–12
- Identifies award-winning titles, grade levels, book club potential, and alternative media formats and provides complete bibliographic information for each title
- Includes interviews with prominent authors that convey the perspectives of the creators of the worlds into which readers are drawn
- Covers some children's literature and some adult novels that are popular with young adults
- Offers a detailed subject index with an extensive number of access points
- Series Description
Genreflecting Advisory Series
Significantly expanded and updated, the titles in this highly acclaimed series are designed to help you quickly locate the kind of fiction your library patrons are looking for. Each title includes the latest reads and reading trends within a genre and identifies subgenres, similar titles, read-alikes, and relevant online resources. Annotations describe and evaluate the best, the most popular, and the most representative books in a genre, noting special features of the works and referencing or comparing them to related publications. Brief historical overviews, award information, section tabs for quick reference, and practical guidelines for advising readers are just some of the features you will find in these useful guides. Designed for easy access, these books are compact enough to be carried into the stacks and simple enough to be used by general readers. Essential for readers' advisory and ready-reference, they are also excellent tools for acquisitions and collection development.
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- Topic Centers
Chapter One: Wizard Fantasy
Chapter Two: Epic Fantasy
Chapter Three: Myth and Legend Fantasy
Chapter Four: Fairy Tale Fantasy
Chapter Five: Alternate and Parallel Worlds
Chapter Six: The Faerie Realm
Chapter Seven: Fantasy Romance
Chapter Eight: Fantasy Mystery
Chapter Nine: Creature Fantasy: Fabulous Beasts and Talking Animals
Chapter Ten: Time Travel Fantasy
Chapter Eleven: Science Fantasy
Chapter Twelve: Steampunk
Chapter Thirteen: Science Fiction
Chapter Fourteen: The Dark Side: Paranormal and Horror
Appendix A: Speculative Fiction Audiobooks
Appendix B: Speculative Fiction on DVD
Appendix C: Book Club Titles
Appendix D: Diversity in Speculative Fiction
Appendix E: Awards
Award-Winning Titles Index
"Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens is a valuable resource for librarians serving teens, and is recommended for libraries looking for high quality and easy to use print guides."
"The exhaustive lists and the included indexes of titles, authors, and subjects will help both advisor and reader find the best choices with ease. As the author herself suggests, stock this at the readers’-advisory desk and make it available for customers to flip through for inspiration."
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