YALSA names 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/31/2017


Nichole O'Connor

Program Officer

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

The list of 71 titles and 2 series, drawn from 151 nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for any reason. The full list can be viewed at www.ala.org/yalsa/quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers.

In addition to the full list, the committee chose the following titles as its top ten:


  • Higgins, Nadia Abushanab. Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word. 2016. Illus. Twenty First Century Books / Lerner.


  • Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. Delacorte Press / Random House Children’s Books. 2016.
  • Garvin, Jeff. Symptoms of Being Human. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins. 2016.
  • Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Dutton Books / Penguin Random House. 2016.
  • Lemire, Jeff. Plutona. Illus. Image Comics. 2016.
  • Lukavics, Amy. Daughters Unto Devils. Harlequin Teen / Harlequin. 2015.
  • Nijkamp, Marieke. This Is Where It Ends. Sourcebooks. 2016.
  • Reynolds, Jason and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. Atheneum / Simon and Schuster. 2015.
  • Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. Flatiron. 2016.
  • Tash, Sarvenaz. The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. Simon & Schuster BFYR / Simon & Schuster. 2016.

“Our committee is very happy with the titles we selected this year,” said Chair Dorcas Wong. “Reluctant readers will be treated to a diverse selection of intriguing nonfiction, wild adventures, twisty mysteries, and thoughtful realistic stories. We look forward to sharing these books with teens.”

Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee are: Chair Dorcas Wong, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA; Martha S. Boksenbaum, Chelsea Public Library, Chelsea, MA; Morgan Brickey, Arlington Public Library, Arlington, TX; Allison Cusher, Grafton Public Library, Grafton, MA; Susannah Goldstein, Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, Bronx, NY; Sarah Granville, Barberton Public Library, Baberton, OH; Melissa Malanuk, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY; Lorrie Roussin, Judson High School Library, Converse, TX; Beth A. Slade, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH; Melody Townley, Woodbride High School Library, Woodbridge, NJ; Drue Wagner-Mees, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA; Ileana Pulu, Administrative Assistant, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA.

YALSA’s portfolio of book and media awards helps strengthen library services for and with teens by identifying quality, age appropriate resources for librarians and library workers to share with the teens in their communities. Learn more about YALSA’s other book and media lists here.

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.