For immediate release | October 21, 2010

Entice teen readers with "Annotated Book Lists for Every Teen Reader," a new book from YALSA and Neal-Schuman

CHICAGO — Today’s school librarian or young adult specialist must be ready to help both the voracious teen reader who has devoured every "Twilight" installment to a book hater who prefers action movies and video games and wants help making a selection for her next book report. Luckily, "Annotated Book Lists for Every Teen Reader: The Best from the Experts at YALSA-BK," copublished by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Neal-Schuman Publishers, will give librarians informative insights and authoritative recommendations on how to satisfy even the most finicky young adult reader.

Co-authors Julie Bartel and Pam Spencer Holley carefully selected more than 1,100 titles from the YALSA-BK electronic discussion list. They have painstakingly organized the titles into 57 categories with complete cross-referencing between categories.
The book is divided into two parts. Part I, “The Lists,” divides these titles into three chapters arranged by category. Chapter 1, “The Right Title for the Right Reader,” is organized by the type of reader a librarian might encounter, with suggestions for adults, avid readers, picky senior girls, reluctant males readers, urban teens and many other types of readers. Chapter 2, “Presentation Counts: Recommended Titles by Format,” covers a range of formats available, including blogs, emails and IMs in fiction, audio books, diary and epistolary novels, plays, fictionalized biographies and more. Chapter 3, “Places and Ideas: Recommended Books by Theme and Setting,” offers books covering specific topics, like novels that take place in bathrooms, summer camp or the Middle East, as well as themes such as chocolate, consequences and fate, teen immigrants and love.
Part II, “The Annotations,” contains more than 1,100 alphabetically arranged annotations specifically written to be useful for librarians as they make decisions about whether they want to add the title to their collection or recommend it to a particular teen reader. An accompanying CD-ROM combines the Part I lists and Part II annotations, along with a separate bibliography, allowing easy creation of booklists, bookmarks, bibliographies for teachers and parents and collection development lists.
"Annotated Book Lists for Every Teen Reader: The Best from the Experts at YALSA-BK" is an essential guide for anyone looking to advise teenagers on the best literature to fit every need and personality and is sure to become a fixture on every youth librarian’s bookshelf.

Bartel has served on several YALSA committees, including the 2008 Printz Committee, and has written numerous journal articles, as well as a book for librarians on zines and public libraries.

Holley is a past president of YALSA who has co-authored and edited several titles for young adult librarians. She has extensive experience as a youth librarian and is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Shore Public Library in Virginia.

ISBN: 978-1-55570-658-6

6 x 9 | 280 pp. | Book and CD-ROM: $65.00
Neal-Schuman Publishers is a leading publisher of professional books for librarians, archivists and knowledge managers. Founded in 1976, Neal-Schuman Publishers is based in New York City, with offices in London, UK.




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For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn