Read On...Speculative Fiction for Teens
Reading Lists for Every Taste
by Jamie Kallio
August 2012, 126pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59884-653-9
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-61069-278-6
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With the explosion of interest in teen paranormal romance, reading choices need to be as diverse as the teens who read them. Designed to spark reader interest and engage teens, this guide is filled with scores of book lists for fans of science fiction, popular fantasy, and paranormal fiction.

This guide offers exciting new reading paths for students who enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal themes. With over 350 titles organized into their primary appeal characteristics and scores of thematic lists, librarians and educators will benefit from lists of contemporary selections specifically written for teens.

Interest in teen fiction has grown in popularity in the last decade, especially within the fantasy and paranormal genres. This timely guide is one of the few books on the subject that lists titles that are written specifically for teens.

Read On…Speculative Fiction for Teens features popular, contemporary themes ranging from vampire love and ghost stories to epic fantasy and out-of-this-world science fiction. Each of the five chapters caters to a specific area of interest—story, character, setting, mood, and language—and within the chapter, numerous lists of novels are organized by topic, with the best titles highlighted. Each of the more than 350 listed titles includes bibliographic information and a brief, punchy description.


  • A plethora of reading lists organized by theme, topic, and popularity
  • Bibliographic information and concise descriptions for each title
Jamie Kallio is youth services librarian at Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, IL.


"Full of good, brief summaries of books grouped into a variety of clever and interesting ways. . . . This is clearly a labor of love: Kallio wants to snag the interest of teens with young adult fantasy and speculative fiction. The summaries are well-written, and the selection of books is very broad . . . a terrific book to have by the stacks or at the front desk of any school library, or in classrooms where the students are asking what to read next."—VOYA, June 1, 2013

"Young adult libraries providing readers' advisory services to teens will enjoy this book and will find many other books to recommend. Thus, it will be a useful purchase for most public libraries. Academic libraries that support classes in young adult literature or creative writing will also benefit from having the book on their shelves."—ARBA, January 1, 2013
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