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Encountering Enchantment:
A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens
Susan Fichtelberg
A bibliography that explores fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal fiction for grades 6-12.

Before and After Harry Potter:  Fantasy for Grades 3-5 and 5-8

"The titles, series information, programming suggestions and navigational aids will make it very popular in public and school libraries for maintaining and building collections, as well as for linking readers to books they'll come to love."  The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This useful guide should be in every YA collection." School Library Journal
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"Indexes are provided for author, title, subject, and award-winning books in this highly useful, well-organized aid for collection development for all libraries with teen collections."  Voice of Youth Advocates

"Public, middle and junior high-school, and high-school libraries will find Encountering Enchantment a very useful addition to their reference collections."  Booklist/RA Corner

"Informative and well-written, this extremely useful readers’ advisory resource was written by a New Jersey librarian. Susan Fichtelberg, Children’s Librarian at Woodbridge Public Library, a fantasy lover since she first encountered Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings at age 12, shares her considerable expertise and enthusiasm for the genre in a work that is a collection development tool and genre guide as well as an essential readers’ advisory resource in the area of speculative fiction. "  The Cat's Meow, review newsletter of Baker & Taylor


When I was twelve years old, I fell in love with J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.  I never imagined that this would lead, not only to a life time of reading fantasy and science fiction, but also to writing the bibliography Encountering Enchantment:  A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, published by Libraries Unlimited.


After Harry Potter, then what?  This guide organizes by genre, subgenre, and theme some 1,400 titles of fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal titles, most published within the last decade. Chapters cover such subgenres as epic fantasy, wizardry, romance, and mystery. Annotations offer bibliographic information, brief plot summaries, reading levels, alternative media formats (including large print and Braille), and awards information. Author profiles and interviews, programming ideas, lists of "The Finest in the Realm" for each subgenre, and reproducible lists of Harry Potter read-alikes and "Girl Power" titles make this a versatile resource. Grades 6-12.

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