Young Adult Literature in Action

A Librarian's Guide, 3rd Edition

by Rose Brock


An updated, easy-to-use guide for organizing selection criteria and finding the best titles for specific uses.

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June 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 219
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Acquisition and Collection Development Guides
  Children's and Young Adult Services/General
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Taking a genre approach, this overview of young adult literature shows new librarians and library science students the criteria to use for selecting quality books, including recommended titles.

This third edition of Young Adult Literature in Action draws on the success of the previous two editions and updates and expands on them to meet the needs of today's librarians and library science students. It includes a new focus on diverse books, LGBTQ+ selections, the role of book formats, and the relevance of librarians serving teen populations and is an ideal resource for teaching young adult literature courses.

Organized by major genre divisions, this easy-to-use book includes new information on timely topics such as audio and e-books, accessible books, and graphic novels. Each chapter includes revised and updated information on collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and programs, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, author comments, and assignment suggestions. Further updates include citations of exemplary young adult books and award winners, references, websites, and a bibliography.


  • Provides unbiased, authoritative guidance for finding recommended classic and recent titles by genre
  • Presents an excellent introduction to the field of young adult literature for undergraduate and graduate students who intend to be public or school librarians and for librarians who are new to working with young adults
  • Focuses on timely topics such as diverse books, LGBTQ+ selections, the role of book formats, and the relevance of librarians serving teen populations
  • Provides updated information on audio and e-books, accessible books, and graphic novels
  • Shows how YALSA and AASL standards and competencies can be demonstrated
Author Info

Rose Brock, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, TX. A veteran educator and advocate for using audiobooks as a tool for literacy, she is cofounder of the literacy initiative Guys Listen, a part of the Guys Read literacy national program. Dr. Brock was awarded the Siddie Joe Johnson Award for Outstanding Service to Youth by the Texas Library Association and is one of the cofounders of the North Texas Teen Book Festival. She is editor of Hope Nation: Young Adult Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration.

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