May 17, 2018
It's a simple request, but I confess -- I was surprised the first time I heard it from a teen reader. In the rapidly expanding and increasingly genre-blended world of YA lit, something as clear-cut as mystery seemed like a throwback to me. Since then, thankfully, I've learned a thing or two about the appeal of YA mystery, and I want to share some of my favorite readers' advisory tools for keeping up with this enduring genre.
Genre-based reading assignment? A personal passion for whodunits? Whatever the motivation, teen mystery readers can find out what's good and what's new with Recommended Reads lists. There are two ways to find the lists in NoveList:
For mystery-lovers who prefer self-directed readers' advisory, print this flyer and add it to a display of recent YA mysteries.
Try Heather Booth's genre outline, All About Mysteries for Teens (search for it by title, or go directly to UI 437193). Besides defining genre characteristics and identifying key authors, the outline also features RA advice for helping teens who are already browsing the adult mystery shelves.
Now that you know how easy it is to find mysteries, why not explore ways to search for slightly more unusual YA fare -- memoirs, perhaps, or magical realism? Whatever it is you’re looking for, you'll be well-served by our genre and appeal books and tutorials, not to mention our search strategies, which show you how to use NoveList's unique metadata to find books that feature diverse characters, or support summer reading, or are just right for tweens.
With all these tools at your fingertips, you (and the teen readers in your library) can follow the clues to some truly arresting reads.
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Rebecca Honeycutt is a Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList.