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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association, suggests books that teens, ages 12–18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. Titles published in late 2006 are noted; all others were published in 2007. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*). The list was announced January 15, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting.
50 x 50: 50 Cent in His Own Words. By 50 Cent. Simon & Schuster/Pocket, $35 (9781416544715).
50: Determined to get rich or die trying, in his words.
99 Ways to Cut, Sew and Deck Out Your Denim. By Faith Blakeney and others. Crown, $19.95 (9780307351708).
Denim—it’s not just for jeans anymore!
Alter Ego: Digital Avatars and Their Creators. By Robbie Cooper. Chris Boot, $29.95 (9781905712021).
Smackdown! Does reality beat the virtual?
The Bad Book. By Aronzo Aranzi. Vertical, paper, $12.95 (9781932234695).
Bad, bad, bad comic book.
Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems. By John Grandits. Clarion, $15 (9780618568604).
Jessie: teen angst in poems and pictures.
Breathe: Yoga for Teens. By Mary Kaye Chryssicas. DK, $15 (9780756626617).
Downward dog, cobra, and the wheel.
Cheerleading: From Tryouts to Championships. By the Editors of Inside Cheerleading. Rizzoli/Universe, $29.95 (9780789315656).
All cheer! All the time!
* Class Pictures. By Dawoud Bey. Aperture, $45 (9781597110433).
Real Teenagers: their faces, their words, their lives.
Cosmogirl! Make It Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects. By the Editors of CosmoGirl! Sterling/Hearst, paper, $10.95 (9781588166241).
From boys-of-the-week panties to a chocolate-mint-cookie foot scrub.
DC Comics Covergirls. By Louise Simonson.Universe, $39.95 (9780789315441).
From Wonder Woman to the girls of Birds of Prey.
Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe and Satisfying Choices about Sex. By Bronwen Pardes. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $14.99 (9781416918233).
Earth: Then and Now. By Fred Pearce. Firefly, $39.95 (9781554072989).
Encyclopedia Horrifica. By Joshua Gee. Scholastic, $14.95 (9780439922555).
From ESP to ghost hunting to “Real Nightmares.”
Extreme Pets Handbook. By Jane Harrington. Scholastic, $12.99 (9780439829489).
Rats, snakes, hissing cockroaches. . . Oh my!
Firefly’s World of Facts. By Russell Ash. Firefly, $29.95 (9781554073139).
The world at your fingertips.
Found Photos: Rear Ends. By Roger Handy and Karin Elsener. Abrams Image, $14.95 (9780810909267).
Check out the booty!
From Boneshakers to Choppers: The Rip-Roaring History of Motorcycles. By Lisa Smedman. Annick, $24.95 (9781554510160).
All motorcycles—all the time!
Gothic and Lolita. By Masayuki Yoshinaga. Phaidon, $29.95 (9780714847856).
When Bo Peep goes Goth; Japan’s hot new look.
Grace after Midnight. By Felicia “Snoop” Pearson and David Ritz. Grand Central, $22 (9780446195188).
Snoop’s life, from prison to HBO’s The Wire.
* Graffiti L. A. Street and Art. By Steve Grody and James Prigoff. illus. Abrams, $34.99 (9780810992986).
L. A. tagged.
How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills. By Seth Grahame-Smith. Chronicle/Quirk, $14.95 (9781594741791).
Stayin’ alive when facing lashers, possessed dolls, haunted houses, the undead, fangs, and Satan.
Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder. By Nadia Shivak. Atheneum, $17.99 (9780689852169).
Tracing her disease.
Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky. By Edward Willet. 2006. Enslow, $27.93 (9780766024496).
The legend lives on.
Kittenwar. By Fraser Lewry and Tom Ryan. Chronicle, $14.95 (9780811859806).
Which kitty is cuter? You decide!
Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir. By James Salant. Simon & Schuster/Simon Spotlight, $21 (9781416936299).
Working the rehab circuit.
A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book. By Frank Warren. Morrow, $27.95 (9780061238604).
Confession is good for you.
Moon. By Michael Carlowicz. Abrams, $19.95 (9780810993075).
Moon pics: shine on, shine on.
The Periodic Table: Elements with Style. By Adrian Dingle. Illus. by Simon Basher. Kingfisher, paper, $8.95 (9780753460856).
MySpace for elements.
A Practical Guide to Monsters. By Nina Hess. Wizards of the Coast/Mirrorstone, $12.95 (9780786948093).
From Remorhazes to Coutals, vampires to werewolves––all the creatures you love to fear.
Save This Shirt! By Hannah Rogge. Illus. by Adrian Buckmaster. Stewart, Tabori and Chang, $19.95 (9781584795841).
S. O. S. for fab fashions.
Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Monsters of the Deep. By Mike Everhart. National Geographic, $29.95 (9781426200854).
Submerge yourself with 3D.
Seventeen Real Girl, Real Life Stories: True Crime. By the Editors of Seventeen Magazine. Sterling/Hearst, paper, $4.95 (9781588166481).
Perps and victims.
Street Scene. By John Lee. F&W/Impact, $19.99 (97811581808476).
From hip-hop to skaterpunk; create your own graffiti-style art.
Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads into Street Couture. By Melissa Alvarado and others. Illus. by Matthew Carden. Tauton, paper, $17 (9781561589258).
Hipster projects for tired clothes.
* ¡Thalia Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness. By Thalia. Chronicle, $19.95 (9780811858298).
Tips on fashion, beauty, and life from the Latina star.
* Thin. By Lauren Greenfield. 2006. Chronicle, $35 (9780811856331).
Starving themselves to death.
* Tupac Shakur. By Carrie Golus. Lerner, $27.93 (9780822566090).
The life and times of a rapper and poet.
Tupac Shakur Legacy. By Joesph Jamal. 2006. Atria, $45 (9780743292603).
An interactive, intimate look at the rapper’s life.
Allison. By Van Diepen. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paper, $6.99 (9781416950301).
Love crosses the line between the Crips and the Bloods.
Almost Home. By Jessica Blank. Hyperion, $15.99 (9781423106425).
Rape drives Elly to the streets.
Avenger. By Andy McNab and Robert Rigby. Putnam, $16.99 (9780399246852).
Elena poses as a suicide bomber to trap a terrorist.
Baby Girl. By Leonora Adams. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paper, $6.99 (9781416925125).
Sheree, pregnant, confused, and helping everyone but herself.
Bang! By Norah McClintock. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551436548).
Framed for a murder.
Beastly. By Alex Flinn. 2007. HarperTempest, $16.99 (978-0-06087416-2).
Gorgeous bully meets his match and a goth witch.
Beige. By Cecil Castellucci. 2007. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763630669).
Kate, from plain to punk. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Betrayed. By P. C. Cast. and Kristen Cast. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paper, $8.95 (9780312360283).
New powers, new enemies. The second book in the House of Night series.
Blood Brothers. By S. A. Harazin. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780385733649).
When your naked best friend attacks you with a shovel.
Boot Camp. By Todd Strasser. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9781416908487).
A camp for troubled teens is a living hell.
Bull’s Eye. By Sarah N. Harvey. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551436791).
Who’s your mother?
Bunker 10. By J. A. Henderson. Harcourt, $17 (9780152062408).
A top-secret military installation explodes, killing everyone. Or did it?
Captives. By Tom Pow. Roaring Brook, $17.95 (9781596432017).
A vacation to the Caribbean is anything but paradise when you’ve been kidnapped at gunpoint.
Chasing Yesterday: Book 1, The Awakening. By Robin Wasserman. Scholastic, paper $5.99 (9780439933384).
Hunted, and she can’t remember why.
Choices. By Deborah Lynn Jacobs. Roaring Brook, $16.95 (9781596432178).
How many universes would you cross to find your brother?
Crane. By Jeff Stone. Random, $15.99 (97809375830778).
Identity revealed in a marital arts battle.
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites. By Heather Brewer. Dutton, $16.95 (9780525478119).
Life can really suck.
Daemon Hall. By Andrew Nance. Illus. by Colin Polhemus. Holt, $16.95 (9780805081718).
One night, five contestants: scariest night ever!
The Darwin Expedition. By Diane Tullson. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551436760).
Snowboard slopes or the grizzly jaws of danger?
Dead High Yearbook. By Ivan Velez. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525477839).
Assembling the student body of the high school for the dearly departed.
Deadline. By Chris Crutcher. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780060850890).
Ben––facing death, learning about life.
Demon Envy. By Erin Lynn. Berkley, paper, $9.99 (9780425217375).
Living with a demon is funnier than you think.
Derby Girl. By Shauna Cross. Holt, $15.95 (9780805080230).
Small town girl becomes roller queen, Babe Ruthless. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Diamonds in the Shadow. By Caroline Cooney. Delacorte, $18.99 (9781400074235).
Danger and diamonds: when you invite terrorists into your home.
Down. By Norah McClintock. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551437668).
Everything changes while you’re in the slammer.
Finding Daddy. By Louise Plummer. Delacorte, $15.95 (9780385703921).
Mira‘s missing dad is more than she ever bargained for.
Fragments. By Jeffrey W. Johnston. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $6.99 (9781416924869).
Remembering isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Freak Show. By James St. James. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525477990).
Billy Bloom: from twinkle queen to prom queen. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Genesis. By Mark Davis and others. Simon & Schuster/Pocket, $12.95 (9781416540731).
Blak, signing his life away for a hip-hop label. Book one in the Blokhedz series.
Get Well Soon. By Julie Halpern. Fiewel & Friends, $16.95 (9780312367954).
How is life in a loony bin like real life? More than Anna could ever imagine.
*Glass. By Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $16.99 (9781416940906).
Kristina, craving the drug that brings her alive.
Guyaholic: The Story of Finding, Flirting, Forgetting . . . and the Boy Who Changes Everything. By Carolyn Mackler. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763625375).
What happens when the hook-up queen falls in love?
Harmless. By Dana Reinhardt. Random/Wendy Lamb, $15.99 (9780385746991).
Three friends, too many lies, and only the truth can save them.
Head Case. By Sarah Aronson. Roaring Brook/Deborah Brodie, $16.95 (9781596432147).
Is Frank just a head, now that he’s a quad?
Headlock. By Joyce Sweeney. 2006. Holt, $16.95 (9780805080186).
Dreams of WWE stardom.
Holdup. By Terri Fields. Roaring Brook, $16.95 (9781596432192).
When fast food and crime come together.
* Homeboyz. By Alan Lawrence Sitomer. Hyperion/Jump at the Sun, $16.99 (9781423100300).
Teddy trades computers for revenge after his sister is gunned down in a gang fight.
I. D. By Vicki Grant. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551436944).
Beware of the identity you steal.
Impulse. By Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $18.99 (9781416903569).
Life in the psych ward: an unlikely place for friendship.
Indigo Summer. By Monica McKayhan. Harlequin/Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830756).
Indigo: hooking up with a football star, then dumped in the dirt.
Keysha’s Drama. By Earl Sewell. Harlequin/Kimani Tru, paper, $9.99 (9780373830793).
From foster care to first class.
Lessons from a Dead Girl. By Jo Knowles. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763632793).
When Leah dies, Laine faces the truth.
Marked. By P. C. Cast. and Kristen Cast. St. Martin’s/Griffin, paper, $8.95 (9780312360269).
Zoey’s vampy new life. The first book in the House of Night series.
Masquerade. By Melissa de la Cruz. Hyperion, $15.99 (978078683896).
Schuyler discovers the secret to fighting the silver bloods. A Blue Bloods novel
Oh My Goth. By Gena Showalter. 2006. MTV, paper, $9.95 (9781416524748).
Barbies vs. Goths––who are the real freaks?
Peak. By Roland Smith. Harcourt, $16.99 (9780152024178).
Bone-shattering cold, no oxygen, frozen bodies on Everest. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Quad. By C. G. Watson. Penguin/Razorbill, $16.99 (9781595141385).
A school shooting, and everyone has a motive
* Quaking. By Kathryn Erskine. Philomel, $16.99 (9780399247743).
Goth girl + foster family = new life.
Remembering Raquel. By Vivian Vande Velde. Harcourt, $16 (9780152059767).
What will they say after you’re dead?
Responsible. By Darlene Ryan. Orca, paper, $8.95 (9781551436852).
New school, new friends, tough decisions.
Ricochet. By Julie Gonzalez. Delacorte, $15.99 (978-0385732284).
A bully. A gun. A dare. A friendship ripped apart.
Romeo and Juliet. By Richard Appignasi. Illus. by Sonia Leong. Abrams/Amulet, paper, $9.95 (9780810993252).
William Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in modern day Japan. Part of the Manga Shakespeare series. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Rucker Park Setup. By Paul Volponi. Viking, $15.99 (9780670061303).
Betrayal on the b-ball court.
* Safe. By Susan Shaw. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525478294).
Tracy––traumatized and learning to trust again.
The Secret Life of It Girls. By Dakota Lane. Simon & Schuster/Ginee Seo, $14.99 (9781416914921).
Think you know the It Girl World? Guess again.
Sight. By Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $16.99 (9781416906575).
She sees dead kids.
Skate. By Michael Harmon. 2006. Knopf, $15.95 (9780375975165).
A skater punk and his brother hit the road.
Something Rotten. By Alan Gratz. Dial, $16.99 (9780803732162).
What to do when your mom marries your uncle who killed your dad. A Horation Wilkes mystery.
Star Crossed. By Mark Schreiber. Flux, paper, $8.95 (9780738710013).
Modern-day Romeo and Juliet—will love defeat fate?
Story of a Girl. By Sara Zarr. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316014533).
Being a slut is easier than changing your rep. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults
Strays. By Ron Koertge. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763627058).
Both dogs and people can be strays. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Such a Pretty Girl. By Laura Weiss. MTV, paper, $12 (9781581808476).
It’s hard to feel safe, when your molester gets out of jail and into your home. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Tattoo. By Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Delacorte, paper, $7.99 (9780385903639).
Is fighting evil as easy as putting on a tattoo?
Thirteen Reasons Why. By Jay Asher. Penguin/Razorbill, $16.99 (9781595141712).
Listening to the suicide tapes of the girl he loved. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
True Talents. By David Lubar. Tor/Starscape, $17.95 (9780765309778).
Telekinesis. It can get you kidnapped.
Twisted. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, $16.99 (9780670061013).
From naughty to hottie in one summer. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
* Unwind. By Neal Shusterman. Simon & Schuster, $16.99 (9781416912040).
Three runaways find friendship while trying to keep from being sliced and diced. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults.
Vampire Academy. By Richelle Mead. Penguin/Razorbill, paper, $8.99 (9781594141743).
Enter the world of the Moroi, the Dhampir and the all-powerful Strigoi.
Walking on Glass. By Alma Fullerton. HarperTempest, $15.99 (9780060778512).
The aftermath––surviving his mom’s suicide attempt.
What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know. By Sonya Sones. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9780689876028).
Love as only a guy can tell it.
What They Found: Love on 145th Street. By Walter Dean Myers. Random/Wendy Lamb, $15.99 (978038532189).
Stories of love, stories of Harlem. A 2008 Best Book for Young Adults
Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee: H. Jack Martin, chair, New York Public Library; Hosephine Caisse, Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR; Debbie Fisher, Central Falls (RI) School; Katherine Fitch, Rachel Carson Middle School, Herndon, VA; Susan Geye, North Crowley Ninth Grade, Fort Worth, TX; Paulette Goodman, Kennedy Junior High, Naperville, IL; Diana Tixier Herald, Center for Adolescent Reading, Glade Park, CO; Sally Leahey, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, ME; Jenine Lillian, the Bush School Library and the Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA; Joy Millam, Fountain Valley, CA; Diane Monnier, Rockville, MD; Anne Rouyer, Administrative Assistant, New York Public Library.
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