2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting 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. The 2013 list features 65 titles and 3 series; the committee also selected a top ten list, denoted here by an asterisk.
“Our committee found something for everyone,” said Chair Rebecca Jackman. “Humor, romance, action, mystery, zombie, realism; they are all on our list. Our list is as varied as our teens.”
Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee are: Rebecca Jackman, chair, New Providence Middle School, Clarksville, TN; Anita Buers, Cypress High School, Orange, CA; Adrienne Butler, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoma City, OK; Louise Capizzo, Scarborough Public Library, Scarborough, ME; Derek Ivie, Epiphany Library, New York, NY; Stacy Lickteig, Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, NE; Jackie Parker, Sno-Isle Libraries, Lynnwood, WA; Ann Pechacek, Worthington Libraries, Columbus, OH; Dr. Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Jessica Smith, Bend Senior High School, Bend, OR; Ellen Spring, Rockland District Middle School, Thomaston, ME; and Elizabeth Frerking, administrative assistant, Clarksville High School, Clarksville, TN.
Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Abrams/Amulet Books, 2012, 978-1419701764, $16.95.
Meet Greg: an aspiring wallflower and part-time moviemaker. Meet Earl: Greg's best friend who will round kick you in the head if you mention his height. Meet Rachel: the dying girl.
Atwood, Megan. The Paranormalists. Series.
Case 1: The Haunting in Apt. 101. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383321, $27.93.
Does Emily have a poltergeist?
Case 2: The Terror of Black Eagle Tavern. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383338, $27.93.
Todd’s family business will have to close if Jinx can’t solve the case.
Case 3: The Mayhem on Mohawk Avenue. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383345, $27.93.
There is only room for one team of paranormalists in Portland.
Case 4: The Bridge of Death. Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383352, $27.93
Is it suicide or supernatural?
Bick, Ilsa J. Ashes. Egmont USA, 2011, 978-1606841754, $16.99.
You’re either dead, alive, or a cannibal.
Blake, Kendare. Girl of Nightmares. Tor Teen, 2012, 978-0765328663, $17.99.
What happened to Anna?
Bodeen, S.A. The Raft. Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0312650100, $16.99.
Stranded on a raft in the Pacific Ocean with only a bag of Skittles. How much worse can it get?
Brooks, Kevin. Johnny Delgado: Private Detective. Stoke Books, 2012, 978-1781121160, $22.60.
Johnny Delgado takes his first case as a private detective, but is he in over his head?
Brown, Jeffrey. Darth Vader and Son. Chronicle Books, 2012, 978-1452106557, $14.95.
The lighter side of Darth.
Crawford, Brent. Carter’s Unfocused, One-Track Mind. Hyperion Books, 2012, 978-1423144458, $16.99.
Girls. Fight club. Girls. Football. Girls.
Damico, Gina. Croak. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia, 2012, 978-0547608327, $8.99.
What if being a Grim Reaper was suddenly your summer job?
Devine, Eric. Tap Out. Running Press Kids, 2012, 978-0762445691, $9.95.
From the trailer park to the MMA cage.
Doller, Trish. Something Like Normal. Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2012, 978-1599908441, $16.99.
Home from Afghanistan, the conflicts continue.
Fukuda, Andrew. The Hunt. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2012, 978-1427222084, $17.99.
When being human will get you hunted down, Gene has mastered the art being something he is not.
Halliday, Gemma . Deadly Cool. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2011, 978-0062003317, $8.99.
Hartley finds a dead body in her boyfriend’s closet.
Halliday, Gemma . Social Suicide (Deadly Cool). HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2012, 978-0062003324, $8.99.
Hartley stumbles onto another murder, this time it's the favorite to win Homecoming Queen.
*Henry, April. The Night She Disappeared. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers /Christy Ottaviano Books, 2012, 978-0805092622, $16.99.
When Kayla is sent out to deliver the pizzas, she never returns. . .
Hopkins, Ellen. Tilt. Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2012, 978-1416983309,$18.99.
Love has consequences.
Jordan, Dream. Bad Boy. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2012, 978-0312549978, $9.99.
Taken from her foster family and placed back into a group home, Kate thinks she has found a champion in her boyfriend Percy.
Keplinger, Kody. A Midsummer’s Nightmare. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers /Poppy, 2012, 978-0316084222, $17.99.
Whitley’s father is marrying is marrying the mother of a boy she hooked up with at a graduation party.
Kinney, Jeff. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. Illus., Amulet Books, 2012, 978-1419705847, $13.95.
Who will have a date for the dance, Greg or Rowley?
Lacey, Josh. Island of Thieves. Houghton Mifflin, 2012, 978-0547763279, $15.99.
Buried treasure, villains, cars, and conflict—what more does a story need?
Laybourne, Emmy. Monument 14. Feiwel and Friends, 2012, 978-0312569037, $16.99.
14 kids, biological weapons, and a superstore.
Lorentz, Dayna. No Safety in Numbers. Penguin/Dial, 2012, 978-0803738737, $17.99.
Quarantined in a mall. How do you survive?
*Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0316125840, $17.99.
Just because your father a notorious serial killer, doesn’t mean you’re one too, does it?
*Lynch, Chris. Vietnam. Series.
Vietnam #1: I Pledge Allegiance Scholastic Press, 2011, 978-0545270298, $16.99.
Morris pledges to keep his friends safe in the war zone, but can he save himself?
Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter Scholastic Press, 2012, 978-0545270267, $16.99.
Ivan was made for war.
Vietnam #3: Free-Fire Zone Scholastic Press, 2012, 978-0545270250, $16.99.
Rudi will never be the same.
McClintock, Norah. Guilty. Ocra Book Publishers, 2012, 978-1554699896, $12.95.
The more Finn uncovers, the more questions he has.
McDaniel, Lurlene. Red Heart Tattoo. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978038573422, $15.99.
A bomb explodes in a high school. Who is to blame?
McDowell, Beck. This is Not a Drill. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012, 978-0399257940, $17.99.
A class held hostage by a gunman.
McGarry, Katie. Pushing the Limits. Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, 2012, 978-0373210497, $17.99.
Is Noah the boy to show Echo how to love again?
McMann, Lisa. Dead To You. Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division/Simon Pulse, 2012, 978-1442403888, $16.99.
After being kidnapped years earlier, Ethan struggles to find his place.
*McNeil, Gretchen. Ten. Balzer + Bray, 2012, 978-0062118783, $17.99.
Someone’s killing them, one by one.
Monsen, Avery; John, Jory. All My Friends are Still Dead. Illus., Chronicle Books, 2012, 978-1452106960, $9.95.
Being extinct is hard.
Morel, Alex. Survive. Razorbill, 2012, 978-1595145109, $17.99.
Jane’s suicide plan is ruined when her plane crashes.
O'Connor, George. Olympians: Hades: Lord of the Dead. Illus., Roaring Book Press/First Second, 2012, 978-1596434349, $9.99.
Hades and Kore can’t handle their personal problems.
Patrick, Cat. Revived. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0316094627, $17.99.
Cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives. Daisy’s on her fifth.
Price, Lissa. Starters. Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0385742375, $17.99.
In order to survive in a future world, Callie allows old people to inhabit her body.
Ross, Jeff. Dawn Patrol. Orca Book Publishers, 2012, 978-1459800625, $9.95.
Will Luca and Esme find Kevin in the waves of Panama?
Ryan, Amy Kathleen. Glow. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2011, 978-0312590567, $17.99.
They left Earth to colonize a new planet, but things have gone wrong.
Ryan, Tom. Way to Go. Orca Book Publishers, 2012, 978-1459800779, $12.95.
Wild child, Lisa, helps Danny come to terms with his love of men and cooking.
Shan, Darren. Zom-B. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0316214407,$14.99.
Who is the bigger monster-Dad or the zombies?
Springer, Nancy. My Sister's Stalker. Holiday House, 2012, 978-0823423583, $16.95.
Are the pictures of his sister from a secret admirer or a stalker?
Stones, Greg. Zombies Hate Stuff. Illus., Chronicle Books, 2012, 978-1452107400, $9.95.
Get to know the likes, loves and dislikes of your favorite undead friends.
*Summers, Courtney. This is Not a Test. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012, 978-0312656744, $9.99.
Six teens are trapped inside a school during the zombie apocalypse.
TenNapel, Doug. Cardboard. GRAPHIX, 2012, 978-0545418737, $12.99.
A cardboard box is a terrible birthday present until it comes to life.
*Tillit, L.B. Unchained. Saddleback Publishing/Gravel Road, 2012, 978-1616517922, $9.95.
Born into a family of drug addicts, TJ finds himself struggling to stay alive.
Travel Team. Series.
Fehler, Gene. Forced Out Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383215, $27.93.
Zack wonders why the new kid on the team is getting special treatment.
Glaser, Jason. The Prospect Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383253, $27.93.
Nick has to decide what is important-his career or the team.
Higgens, M. G. Power Hitter Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383246, $27.93.
Playing ball with wooden bats causes Sammy to consider steroids.
Jasper, Rick. The Catch Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383208, $27.93.
Danny takes advantage of his newfound fame.
Jasper, Rick. Out of Control Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383239, $27.93.
Will Trip’s love of music hurt his baseball career?
Karre, Andrew. High Heat Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012, 978-0761383222, $27.93.
Seth’s surgery has unforeseen consequences.
Van Tol, Alex. Shallow Grave. Orca Book Publishers, 2012, 978-1459802025. $9.95.
What happens when you accidently unleash a dark force?
Volponi, Paul. The Final Four. Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Viking, 2012, 978-0670012640, $16.99.
It all comes down to the last two seconds of the game.
Williams, Carol Lynch. Waiting. Simon & Schuster, 2012, 978-1442443532, $16.99.
When Zach dies, the family falls apart.
*Woodson, Jacqueline. Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy. Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012, 978-0399252501, $16.99.
Laurel’s heartbreak triggers her downward spiral into destruction.
*Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer. Illus., Abrams/Abrams ComicArts, 2012, 978-1419702167, $24.95.
Meet Jeffrey Dahmer before he became a serial killer.
Bender, Mike; Chernack, Doug. Awkward Family Pet Photos. Illus., Random House/Three River Press, 2011, 978-0307888129, $15.00.
Family portraits are awkward. Family pet portraits are hilarious.
Briggs, Amy. Angry Birds Space: A Furious Flight into the Final Frontier. Illus., National Geographic, 2012, 978-1426209925, $13.95.
Angry Birds meet NASA.
Brooks, Stacey Leigh. Diary of Creepy-Ass Dolls. Illus., Krause Publications, 2012, 978-1440230301, $12.99.
These are the dolls that nightmares are made of.
failblog.org community. Fail Harder:Ridiculous Illustrations of Epic Fails. Illus., Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2011, 978-1449403072, $12.99.
When things go hilariously wrong.
Halls, Kelly Milner. Alien Investigation: Searching for the Truth About UFOs and Aliens. Illus., Lerner Publishing Group Inc./Millbrook Press, 2012, 978-0761362043, $20.95.
Are they out there?
Jenkins, Beverly. Photobombed!: Making Bad Pictures Great and Good Pictures Awesomely Bad. Illus., Sourcebooks, 2012, 978-1402271199, $12.99.
A guaranteed double-take!
John, Jory and Monsen, Avery. K is for Knifeball: An Alphabet of Terrible Advice. Illus., Chronicle Books, 2012, 978-1452103310, $9.95.
Not your typical alphabet book.
Johnson, Rich. The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills That Will Get You Out Alive. Illust., Weldon Owen, 2012, 978-1616284312, $39.95. PBK. Weldon Owen, 978-1616282189, $25.00.
Epic guide to keep you alive.
Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood. Illus., Rolston, Steve. Annick Press, 2012, 978-1554513857, S22.95. PBK Annick Press, 978-1554513840, $14.95.
Everything there is to know about blood.
Marciuliano, Francesco. I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats. Illus., Chronicle Books, 2012, 978-1452110585, $12.95.
Cats can be poets, too.
National Geographic. Weird But True! Stupid Criminals: 100 Brainless Baddies Busted, plus Wacky Facts. Illus., National Geographic, 2012, 978-1426308611, $7.95.
What were they thinking?
Nemtin, Ben; Lingwood, Dave; Penn, Duncan; Penn, Jonnie. What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?. Illus., Workman Publishing/Artisan, 2012, 978-1579654764, $9.95.
Everyone needs a bucket list.
Patenaude, Jeremy. Halo: The Essential Visual Guide. Illus., Dorling Kindersley, 2011, 978-0756675929, $16.99.
An A-Z guide to the HALO universe.
Raatma, Lucia. The Science of Soldiers. Illus., Capstone/Compass Point Books, 2012, 978-0756545260, $8.95.
Weapons, soldiers, and technology.
*Rodriguez, Gaby; Glatzer, Jenna. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster Inc./Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012, 978-1442446229, $17.99.
Memoir of a faked pregnancy.
Ross, Richard. Juvenile in Justice. Illus., Richard Ross, 2012, 978-0985510602, $29.95.
Shoket, Ann. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty: The Best Hair, Skin, Nails & Makeup Ideas for You. Illus., Running Press, 2012, 978062445240, $19.95.
The title says it all!
Wasdin, Howard E.; Templin, Stephen. I Am a SEAL Team Six Warrior: Memoirs of an American Soldier. Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2012, 978-1250016430, $8.99.
When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six.