The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, suggests books that teens, ages twelve through eighteen, 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.
The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee also selected a Top Ten list.
"The list is overflowing with diverse titles; we have everything from stunning portraits, tattoo revelations to fallen stars and skulls made of soap suds," said Joy Millam, committee chair. "This list is a true reflection of the teens we serve. Our goal was to put out a list that gives every reluctant reader a book to connect with personally."
Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee are: Joy Millam, chair, Valencia High School, Placentia, Calif.; Amy Cheney, Alameda County Juvenile Hall Library, San Leandro, Calif.; Erica Tang Cuyugan, Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library; Debbie Fisher, Central Falls (R.I.) High School; Diana Tixier Herald, Mesa County Valley School District #51, Grand Junction, Colo.; Annisha Jeffries, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library; Sally Leahey, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford, Maine; Jenine Lillian, The Bush School Library, Seattle, Wash.; Diane Monnier, Tucson, Ariz.; Anne Rouyer, New York Public Library; Marie Slim, Troy High School, Fullerton, Calif.; and Heather Gruenthal, administrative assistant, Western High School, Anaheim, Calif.
Learn more about the list and read annotations online at www.ala.org/yalsa/ booklists/quickpicks.
* Denotes Top Ten selection
Bodeen, S. A. The Compound. Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, 2008; ISBN: 978-0312370152; $16.95.
Booth, Coe. Kendra. Scholastic, 2008; ISBN: 978-0439925365; $16.99.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic, 2008; ISBN: 978-0439023481; $17.99.
Divine, L. Drama High (series). Daflna Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-0758216359; $9.
Fahy, Thomas. The Unspoken. Simon and Schuster, 2008; ISBN- 978-1-4169-4007-4; $15.99.
Fields, Terri. My Father's Son. Macmillan Roaring Brook Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59643-349-6; $16.95.
Giles, Gall. Right Behind You. Little Brown, 2007; ISBN: 978-0-3161-6636-2; $15.99.
Golden, Christopher. Poison Ink. Random House/Delacorte, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-385-73483-7; $8.99.
Hernandez, David. Suckerpunch. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-060117330-1; $16.99.
High, Linda Oatman. Planet Pregnancy. Boyds Mills Press/Front Street, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59078-584-3; $16.95.
Hopkins, Ellen. Identical. Simon and Schuster/McElderry, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4169-5005-9; $17.99.
James, Brian. Thief. Scholastic/Push, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-545-03400-5; $8.99.
Jordan, Dream. Hot Girl. Macmillan St. Martin's, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-312-38284-1; $9.95.
Kern, Peggy. No Way Out. Townsend Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-49194-176-7; $4.95.
Kropp, Paul. Behind the Door. HIP Edge, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-897039-26-7; $10.95.
Krovatin, Christopher. Venomous, illustrated by Kelly Yates. Simon and Schuster/Ginee Seo Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-4169-2487-6 $16.99.
Langan, Paul. Schooled. Townsend Press, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-49194-177-4 $4.95.
Mac, Carrie. Pain & Wastings. Orca Soundings, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-55143-904-4; $9.95.
Mancusi, Mari. Gamer Girl. Penguin/Dutton, 2008; ISBN: 978-0525479956; $16.99.
McDaniel, Lurlene. Prey. Random House/Delacorte, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-385-73453-0; $10.99.
McDonnell, Margot. Torn to Pieces. Random House/Delacorte, 2008; ISBN: 978-0-385-0-73559-9 $15.99.
* McMann, Lisa. Wake. Simon and Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2008; ISBN-978-1-4169-5357-9; $15.99.
Mead, Richelle. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel. Penguin/Razorbill, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-59514175; $8.99.
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