CHICAGO— 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 mystery stories and thrillers 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, Amy J. Alessio now offers “Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers' Advisory Guide,” published by ALA Editions. This one-of-a-kind resource will help YA librarians connect teens to mysteries they're sure to love. 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.
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” and “A Year of Programs for Teens 2.” Her 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. She blogs at amyalessio.com.