Amy J. Alessio is a teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois. She writes and edits fiction and nonfiction, including two books coauthored with Kim Patton: A Year of Programs for Teens (2007) and A Year of Programs for Teens 2 (2011). Alessio's reviews have appeared in Booklist and Crimespree Magazine and on Teenreads.com. She served two terms on the YALSA Board of Directors and was honored in 2013 with the first Illinois Library Association Young Adult Librarian of the Year Award. Alessio is passionate about cookbooks; she presents programs about them and writes about recipes at Amy Alessio.
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There are plenty of mysteries in teens' lives, including physical and emotional changes, uncertainty about the future, and feelings between people. Seen in this light, the appeal of these stories for this age group makes perfect sense: through a progression of plot and clues, the ending of a teen mystery book provides expected conclusions after an entertaining escape from reality. Well known from her bestselling teen programming books, Alessio offers a complete guide to getting young adults hooked on mysteries. Included are
- Book lists featuring every type of mystery subgenre, from cozies and romantic mysteries to suspense thrillers, police procedurals, and beyond, all thoroughly annotated
- Titles published within the last five years, accented by a handpicked assortment of classics
- Recommendations of some adult mysteries that older teens may enjoy
- Profiles of today's teen mystery fans, drawn from first-hand experience
- Interviews with several popular mystery authors to sketch in the genre's background and trends
- Step-by-step instructions for more than 40 programming ideas, from creating a "Mind Bending Club" to puzzles and a complete mystery dinner script
- Tips for displays, booktalks, and marketing
- Multiple indexes to help find the right book quickly
This one-of-a-kind resource will help YA librarians connect teens to mysteries they're sure to love.
Part I Mysterious Reads for Teens
Chapter One: Teen Mystery Readers
Chapter Two: Mystery SubgenresRealistic Mysteries
Fantastic and Paranormal Mysteries
Mysteries in Time and Place
Chapter Three: Nonfiction and True Crime
Part II Mysterious Programs for Teens
Chapter Four: Using Clues to Match Teen Interests: Mysterious Programming
Chapter Five: Mind-Bending Mystery Club Activities
Chapter Six: When Book Discussions Get Mysterious
Chapter Seven: It’s No Mystery to Market
Titles and Series by Subgenre
Titles and Series by Author
Mysteries in Graphic and Illustrated Novel Formats
"This is a welcome resource for librarians working with teens. I highly recommend this title and will be using it as a resource in upcoming book talks."
— Catholic Library World
"Some of the most clever marketing suggestions this reviewer has seen … I would rate this book as a fantastic value. It is a very well-written, thorough and organized title that feels like an essential part of any young adult librarian's toolkit."
— Reference Reviews