Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Top Ten


  • Boards: the Art and Design of the Skateboard .   Universe Publishing . 0-7893-0977-7.
  • Foolish/ Unfoolish: Reflections On Love .   Hyperion . 1-4013-0030-8.
  • Dead Girls Don't Write Letters .   Millbrook Press / Roaring Brook Press . 0-7613-1727-9.
  • Skeleton Key: An Alex Rider Adventure .   Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers . 0-399-23777-1.
  • The First Part Last .   Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers . 0-689-84922-2.
  • Dropping In With Andy Mac: Life of a Pro Skateboarder .   Simon & Schuster / Pulse . 0-689-85784-5.
  • Only the Strong Survive:    The Odyssey of Allen Iverson . HarperCollins / ReganBooks . 0-06-009773-6.
  • Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations .   Ten Speed Press . 1-58008-457-5.
  • Jesse James: The Man and His Machines .   Motorbooks International / MBI . 0-7603-1614-7.
  • Inside Out .   HarperCollins / Tempest . 0-06-623962-1.



Ty Burns, Chair of this year’s committee said, “The Committee is really proud of the variety of titles and formats that are represented on this year’s list. We appreciate the publishers recognizing the need for valuable titles like these that attract reluctant YA readers.”

Members of the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee are:     Ty R. Burns, Chair, Cypress Springs (Texas) High School; Sallie H. Barringer, Walnut Hills (Ohio) High School; Stacy Dillon, Librarian LREI, (N.Y.); Mary Ann Harlan, Arcata High School (Calif.); Maureen Hartman, Minneapolis Public Library; Kimberly Patton, Lawrence (Kans.); Karen M. Perry, Central Davidson Middle School (NC); Susan Raboy, Consultant Young Adult Services (N.Y.); Karyn N. Silverman, New York Public Library; Jennifer M. Stencel, Richfield Branch (Ohio) Library of ASCPL; Jamie Lynn Watson, Harford (MD)County Public Library; Ilene Cooper, consultant Booklist, Chicago; Administrative Assistant, Melanie A. Rapp-Weiss, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library.

An annotated list will appear in the March 15 issue of Booklist and on the YALSA Member’s Only Web Site.   For more information, contact the YALSA office by phone at 800-545-2433 x 4390 or email, yalsa@ala.org.