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NextReads Newsletter Profile: Teen Scene

Post by Rebecca Honeycutt
Posted June 13, 2014 in NextReads, Readers' Advisory News

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These days, it seems like everyone has an opinion about young adult literature. Some people think it's too dark, some people think it's too fluffy; some readers line up with excitement for the next dystopian book-to-movie franchise while others rejoice in the (so-called) revival of realistic teen fiction. Young adult lit is a thriving, fast-moving part of pop culture, and the Teen Scene newsletter is designed to help you and your teen patrons keep up.

While adult NextReads newsletters recommend books by genre or subject, our newsletters for youth recommend books by age group. Teen Scene is geared toward pleasure reading for teens aged 14 or older -- a limited age range that covers an extremely diverse group. Some high school-aged teens don't particularly care about or feel confident with reading, but some happily devour adult fiction. (Teen Scene does occasionally include adult books, but only when they have distinct appeal for teen readers.)  Some older teen readers are ready for intense, violent, or steamy situations, while others are more comfortable with quieter, less edgy fare. (Younger teens may want to check out our Tween Reads newsletter for ages 11-14). We try to ensure that Teen Scene is as diverse as the experiences, backgrounds, and interests of teens themselves.

Teen Scene is delivered once a month, featuring an annotated list of five recently released books, as well as a themed list of five older books. The themes are extremely varied: they include genres (mystery, rebooted classics), subjects (zombies, unreliable narrators -- view this sample newsletter from July), readalikes ("If you like The Fault in Our Stars"), or events (holidays, popular movie releases). The annotations are written specifically for older teen readers, so they use high school-level vocabulary and a casual tone.

Due to the current boom in young adult publishing, we've got TONS of books to choose from when it comes to Teen Scene. You might see the latest hot dystopian or paranormal series opener listed next to some deliciously angsty realistic fiction or a quirky sleeper by a debut author. You'll also see a motley mix of genres: mystery, science fiction, fantasy, realistic, romance, historical, graphic novels, and narrative nonfiction, to name just a few.

Teens and parents (and any other interested readers) can sign up to receive Teen Scene via email; if the teens in your library don't use email, you can use one of LibraryAware's other options for sharing or printing NextReads recommendations. There are all kinds of ways to use the Teen Scene newsletter, but they all have the same result: encouraging teens to read awesome, enjoyable books.

The Teen Scene newsletter is one of 20+ NextReads Newsletters available from local libraries who subscribe to LibraryAware. 

Rebecca Honeycutt is a NextReads Bibliographer at NoveList.