Entries run 6-8 pages in length and follow the same format by including:
- Genre (i.e., biography, novel, short story)
- Publication date
- Author name
- Listing of major books for young adults
- Author's life and contributions
- Themes and characters
- Literary qualities
- Social sensitivity
- Topics for discussion
- Ideas for reports and papers
- Related titles
- For further reference
By following the same format, entries train students to look for the same clearly defined formulas in other areas.
More than 650 titles of novels and other books of interest to young adults are included. Libraries can purchase all nine volumes for a complete collection of young adult literature, or opt to select individual volumes and mini-sets as well. Volumes 1-3 and 6-8 are mini-sets, with update volumes 4, 5 and 9 released to maintain the relevancy of the data.
Volumes 4 and 5 can be purchased individually, and cover the following genres:
- Gothic titles
- Science fiction
As a complete collection or as a single volume, Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults complements both eager learners and those in the early stages of literature appreciation.