Reality Rules II

A Guide to Teen Nonfiction Reading Interests

by Elizabeth Fraser


Too frequently, a "good" book is equated with a work of fiction. Surprisingly, nonfiction is the preferred genre for many teen readers today, both male and female; and the number of nonfiction titles being published for young adult readers has exploded. From true adventure and true crime to sports, life stories, and how-tos, informational books are a big hit with teen readers, and educators promote them as a great way to enhance learning.

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October 2012

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 230
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Readers' Advisory Services
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Acquisition and Collection Development Guides

A must-have resource for librarians, teachers, and parents on the popular and growing area of teen nonfiction—a genre now mandated by the Common Core Standards.

Reality Rules II: A Guide to Teen Nonfiction Reading Interests presents approximately 450 fresh nonfiction titles annotated and organized into genre areas to address the reading interests of today's teens, covering everything from adventure to history, sports, life stories, and how-to.

Authored by a member of the first committee for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, this essential guide will help librarians, teachers, and parents find appealing materials for readers interested in nonfiction. The book offers expert guidance on reading levels and provides a list of fiction readalikes at the end of each chapter. It also identifies award-winning books and spotlights titles that appeal to specific groups, such as adult books that teens will enjoy, and books that are ideal for reluctant readers.


  • Identifies hundreds of the most popular nonfiction reads for teens published in the last five years
  • Organizes titles according to genres, making it easy to find readalikes
  • Supports the Common Core standards
  • Serves as an excellent collection development resource
  • Explores trends in nonfiction publishing for teens
Author Info

Elizabeth Fraser is a selector for the Calgary Public Library system in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has been a reviewer for VOYA, School Library Journal, and Canadian Review of Materials. Fraser served on several committees for the American and Canadian Library Association, including the Michael L. Printz Award and the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. She is the recipient of the 2016 YALSA Service to Young Adults Achievement Award.



"As a readers' advisory, for collection development, and for helping the classroom teacher get the best resources, this is an excellent and well-researched book for use with the teen reader."Library Media Connection

"A valuable resource for collection development and reader's advisory."VOYA

"The guide includes quick picks for reluctant readers as well as popular paperbacks. . . . Overall coverage is good."
Booklist Online

"As many states are adopting the Common Core Standards with its shift in focus from fiction to nonfiction, this guide will be especially valuable to librarians selecting content that will actively engage teen readers across the curriculum."School Library Journal

"In summary, like its earlier companion volume, Reality Rules II is a superbly compiled reference work/selection tool that should be owned by all public library systems and school divisions in Canada. Additionally, librarians-in-training, whether school or public, could use the contents of Reality Rules II as a most engaging introduction to the wide range of nonfiction that responds to teens' recreational reading interests. . . . Highly recommended."CM Magazine

"Fraser's descriptions of the books are concise and well-written. . . . While not a book to be read cover-to-cover, it does fill a gap in the literature and as such should be purchased by any young adult librarian looking to expand their collection. This work will also be of use in high school libraries where librarians are in need of nonfiction that works under the Common Core Standards."ARBA

"Fraser, who was a member of the first committee for the YALSA Award for Excellence in NonfIction for Young Adults, provides guidance on reading levels and trends in YA nonfiction books. Recommended."Teacher Librarian


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