Teen Genreflecting

A Readers' Advisory and Collection Development Guide, 4th Edition

by Sarah Flowers and Samuel Stavole-Carter


Helps librarians develop robust teen collections and find the right book for their teen users.

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August 2020

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 200
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Children's and Young Adult Services/Readers' Advisory Services
  Children's and Young Adult Collection Management/Literature, Lists and Special Collections
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Teen Genreflecting serves as a guide to contemporary teen fiction, encompassing every genre and format including graphic novels, scrapbook-formatted books, verse novels, historical fiction, speculative fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, and more.

Teen literature is one of the most popular and quickly growing segments of the publishing world. Not only are teens continuing to read for pleasure, but many adults have discovered the joys of teen literature.

As part of the Genreflecting Advisory Series, Teen Genreflecting provides librarians with a road map to the vibrant and diverse body of literature focusing on recent fiction for teens, organizing and describing some 1,300 titles, most published within the past ten years, along with perennial classics. The authors indicate where each title fits in the genre scheme; its subject matter, format, and general reading level; and any pertinent awards. They also provide advice on readers' advisory services to teens, descriptions of genres and subgenres, and lists of favorites for each genre.

As with previous editions, this guide will prove invaluable to librarians building their teen collections and will help them assist teens in finding the books they love, no matter what genre.


  • Helps librarians find the right book for their teen users
  • Helps librarians develop current, diverse, and robust teen collections
  • Provides libraries with a comprehensive list of recent teen fiction
  • Provides students or professionals new to YA lit with a detailed overview of contemporary YA genre fiction
Author Info

Sarah Flowers is a retired librarian from California and a past president of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. She has served on several YALSA book award committees. She is author of several books on teen services, most recently Crash Course in Young Adult Services (Libraries Unlimited, 2017).

Samuel Stavole-Carter is teen librarian for Mesa County Libraries and serves on The Hub Advisory Board for YALSA. He is coauthor of Genreflecting: A Guide to Popular Reading Interests (with Diana Tixier Herald, Libraries Unlimited, 2019).

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