Encountering Enchantment

A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, 2nd Edition

by Susan Fichtelberg


Discover new realms of magic and mayhem when you peruse this bibliography of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal fiction.

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September 2015

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Pages 392
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Literature Reference Tools
  Acquisitions and Collection Management/Arts and Humanities Literature

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
Author Info

Susan Fichtelberg has been a children's librarian for 27 years. Her published works for ABC-CLIO are Primary Genreflecting: A Guide to Picture Books and Easy Readers; Tamora Pierce in the Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature series; and the first edition of Encountering Enchantment: A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens.

Table of Contents


  • Acknowledgments Introduction
  • 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 Resources Author Index Title Index Subject Index 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."VOYA

    "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."Booklist

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