Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

About the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.

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2013 Selection(s)

Awkward Family Pet Photos

Author: Bender, Mike; Chernack, Doug. Publisher: Random House/Three River Press, 2011.

Family portraits are awkward. Family pet portraits are hilarious.


Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

Author: Woodson, Jacqueline. Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.

Laurel’s heartbreak triggers her downward spiral into destruction.


The Catch

Author: Jasper, Rick. Series: Travel Team. Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012.

Danny takes advantage of his newfound fame.


The Final Four

Author: Volponi, Paul. Series: Travel Team. Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Viking, 2012.

It all comes down to the last two seconds of the game.


High Heat

Author: Karre, Andrew. Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012.

Seth’s surgery has unforeseen consequences.


My Friend Dahmer

Author: Backderf, Derf. Publisher: Abrams/Abrams ComicArts, 2012.

Meet Jeffrey Dahmer before he became a serial killer.


Out of Control

Author: Jasper, Rick. Series: Travel Team. Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012.

Will Trip’s love of music hurt his baseball career?


Power Hitter

Author: Higgens, M. G. Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012.

Playing ball with wooden bats causes Sammy to consider steroids.


Shallow Grave

Author: Van Tol, Alex. Series: Travel Team. Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2012.

What happens when you accidently unleash a dark force?


Waiting

Author: Williams, Carol Lynch. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2012.

When Zach dies, the family falls apart.


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