Teen books, known as Young Adult Fiction (abbreviated as YA), is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, about ages 12 to 18.
Young Adult Fiction, whether in the form of novels or short stories, has attributes that distinguish it from the other age categories of fiction. The majority of YA stories portray a teen as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. The subject matter and story lines are typically consistent with the age and experience of the main character, but YA stories span the entire spectrum of fiction genres. The settings of YA stories are limited only by the imagination and skill of the author.
Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth. This happens so often that the entire age category is sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming of age novel. Writing styles of YA stories range widely, from the richness of literary style to the clarity and speed. Despite its unique characteristics, YA shares the fundamental elements of fiction with other stories: character, plot, setting, theme, and style.
YA nonfiction is based on facts, real people, and real events but is written in a similar style to YA fiction, making it more appealing and relatable to teens. It covers the same topics as children's or adult nonfiction, and is told in a variety of formats such as comic, scrapbook, or verse. It's not just for book reports anymore! YA nonfiction features hot-button issues, high interest topics, and leisure reads to provide reliable sources and keep readers informed.
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