Thema Subject Categories 1.4

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Y Children’s, Teenage and Educational
Use all Y* codes for: material aimed at, or purposefully written or created for a juvenile or adolescent audience (except for graphic novels, comic books, manga in X*). DO NOT USE: code ‘Y’ itself, but select specific categories from section Y*. Use all Y* codes with: only one INTEREST AGE 5A* Qualifier to indicate a guideline starting interest age (detailed age ranges should be included in other metadata) – or for YP* use EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE 4* qualifiers. All other qualifiers can be used as appropriate with Y* codes. DO NOT USE for: material intended primarily for adults that may also appeal to older teenagers. For ‘new adult’ content see note at 5LKE
YF Children’s / Teenage fiction and true stories
Use all YF* codes with: one 5A* INTEREST AGE Qualifier; with PLACE 1*, TIME PERIOD 3* or INTEREST 5* Qualifiers where these aspects are particularly pertinent and significant; with appropriate non-fiction categories YN* or YX* to indicate key settings or topics of the narrative, but NOTE for ALL children’s and teenage fiction the primary category MUST be an YF* code; with 5H*, 5J*, 5L* or 5P* qualifiers when these represent a significant topic or part of the appeal of the narrative; with 5X, where appropriate, to indicate material that may have themes or topics only be suitable for older or mature teenagers; with YB* to indicate the genre of a picture or chapter book; with YDC for fiction anthologies; YFZ* codes may be used to indicate special features of a fiction title.
Prefer: X* codes for fiction told in comic book or manga form.
See also: XADC European comic books: general, classic, all ages, XAKC American comic books: classic, Golden Age, XAMC Manga: Kodomo, XAMF Manga: Shōjo, XAMG Manga: Shōnen
YFA Children’s / Teenage fiction: Classic fiction
Use for: children’s and teenage fiction widely regarded or presented as ‘classic’ and typically but not necessarily published and in print for several decades
YFB Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction
Use for: all contemporary non-genre fiction for children and teenagers
YFC Children’s / Teenage fiction: Action and adventure stories 1.1
YFD Children’s / Teenage fiction: Horror and ghost stories, chillers
See also: YNXW Children’s / Teenage general interest: Witches, wizards and magicians
YFE Children’s / Teenage fiction: Speculative, dystopian and utopian fiction
Class here: fiction set in dystopian or utopian societies, alternative history fiction. Use with: YFG or other YF* codes if possible
YFG Children’s / Teenage fiction: Science fiction
YFH Children’s / Teenage fiction: Fantasy 1.3
YFJ Children’s / Teenage fiction: Traditional stories
Class here: myths and legends, folk and fairy tales or fables told in a story form. Use for: modern retellings in story form or collections of these type of traditional stories aimed at children / teenagers
YFK Children’s / Teenage fiction: Religious fiction
YFM Children’s / Teenage fiction: Relationship stories – Romance, love or friendship
Use for: stories that deal with all kinds of relationships with others. Use with: YX* to give details of kinds of relationships as appropriate, for example, YXHB for stories about friendships, or YXHL for romance or love stories or YXH for stories about relationships in peer groups.
See also: YXHB Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Friends and friendships
YFN Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories
Use with: codes from YXF* sequence for fiction specifically designed to address family issues
YFP Children’s / Teenage fiction: Nature and animal stories
Use with: YNN* codes to indicate what type of animal or nature story, for example YNNJ24 for Horse stories or YNN21 for stories about Dogs
YFQ Children’s / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories
Use with: other YF* code indicating genre if possible
YFR Children’s / Teenage fiction: Sporting stories
YFS Children’s / Teenage fiction: School stories
Class here: back to school, going to a new school, school life, stories principally taking place in and around school, etc. Use with: values from 5L* to indicate what school level as appropriate
YFT Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction
Use for: stories set in the past (usually before the writer’s lifetime), where the time period is a significant or essential part of the story and that portray the spirit, manners, and social conditions of that time with realistic detail. Use with: other YF* codes as appropriate, and PLACE 1* and/or TIME PERIOD 3* Qualifiers to indicate setting as appropriate
YFU Children’s / Teenage fiction: Short stories
Use with: other YF* code indicating genre if possible
YFV Children’s / Teenage fiction: Stories in verse
Use with: other YF* code indicating genre if possible.
See also: YDP Children’s / Teenage: Poetry
YFX Children’s / Teenage fiction: Biographical fiction
Use for: highly fictionalised biographies or autobiographies of real people
YFY Children’s / Teenage: True stories told as fiction
Class here: true stories, e.g. of survival, discovery, conflict etc, told in strong narrative from, as if fiction
YFZ Children’s / Teenage fiction: Special features and related items 1.3

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