2015 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

In addition to the full list of titles, the Quick Picks committee selected the following as its top ten.


Enz, Tammy and Biskup, Agnieszka. Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman's Gear. Illus. 2014. Capstone Young Readers, $9.95. 978-1-62370-0645.

Armored cars and utility belts—these gadgets aren’t just for Batman anymore.

Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo: A Photography Book. Illus. 2014. Quirk Books, $14.95. 978-1-59474-678-9.

Momo the border collie is hiding around the country—find him in each photo.

Prince, Liz. Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir. Illus. 2014. Zest Books, $15.99. 978-1-936976-55-3.

Liz triumphs over gender labels in this witty comic memoir.


Alender, Katie. Famous Last Words. 2014. Scholastic, Inc./Point, $18.99. 978-0-545-63997-2.

Willa is being haunted by the latest victim of a film-obsessed serial killer.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/HMH Books for Young Readers, $16.99. 978-0-544-10771-7.

Told in rhythmic verse, the story of a basketball star who struggles to stay on top on the court while adjusting to changes at home.

Belton, Claire. I am Pusheen the Cat. Illus. 2013. Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, $14.99. 978-1-4767-4701-9.

A day in the life of an adorable cartoon cat.

Carroll, Emily. Through the Woods. Illus. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry Books, $14.99. 978-1-4424-6596-1.

Five chillingly illustrated tales of what might be waiting for you in the dark.

Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces. 2014. Cinco Puntos Press, $11.95. 978-1-935955-95-5.

Gabi is determined to break down stereotypes imposed on her. No one is going to tell her what she can and can’t do.

Watkins, Steve. Juvie. 2013. Candlewick Press, $17.99. 978-0-7636-5509-9.

Sadie's a good girl, but after a bad decision she’s sent to juvenile detention for a crime she didn’t commit.

Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel: No Normal. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. 2014. Marvel, $15.99. 978-0-7851-9021-9.

A Muslim teen and comic fangirl suddenly finds herself with superpowers.