2010 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult 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 2010 list includes 101 titles, both nonfiction and fiction, from a variety of genres, including biography, pop culture, fantasy, street lit, and more.

The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee also selected a Top Ten list.

“Reluctant readers will find books they like on this list, guaranteed,” said Amy Cheney, committee chair. “We have it all: from action-packed fiction to vampires, tattoos, ghosts, true stories and laugh-out-louds."

Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee are: Amy Cheney, chair, Alameda County Juvenile Hall Library, San Leandro, Calif.; Susan Hawk, Dunwoody (Ga.) High School.; Diana Tixier Herald, Mesa County Valley School District #51, Grand Junction, Colo.; Lisa Lindsay, Fresno County Public Library, Calif.; Joy Millam, Valencia High School, Placentia, Calif.; Diane Monnier, Tucson, Ariz.; Lalitha Nataraj, Chula Vista (Calif.) Public Library; Anne Rouyer, The New York Public Library; Christopher Shoemaker, The New York Public Library; and Heather Gruenthal, administrative assistant, Western High School, Anaheim, Calif.

2010 Titles


Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. 2009. Viking Juvenile, $17.99 (9780670011100).
Dying to be thin.

Baratz-Logsted , Lauren. Crazy Beautiful. 2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group, $16.00 (9780547223070).
Beauty meets "The Beast," 2010.

Babygirl Drama Series

Daniels, Babygirl. 16 on the Block (series #1). 2009. Urban Books, $11.95 (9781601621849).
From group home to highrise.

Daniels, Babygirl. 16 1/2 on the Block (series #2). 2009. Urban Books, $11.95 (9781601621832).
Why did Latina spend three years in a Detention Home for Girls?

Daniels, Babygirl. Glitter (series #4). 2009. Urban Books, $9.95 (9781601621986).
Pregnant and scared. Is there anyone to trust?

Daniels, Babygirl. Sister, Sister (series #3). 2009. Urban Books, $9.95 (9781601621542).
Twin vs. twin.

de la Pena, Matt. We Were Here. 2009. Random House, $17.99 (9780385736671).
Miguel did something awful.

Drama High Series

Divine, L. Drama High # 6: Courtin' Jayd. 2008. Dafina/Kensington, $9.95 (978-0-7582-2536-8).
Boys, babies and hair.

Divine, L. Drama High #7: Hustlin'. 2009. Dafina/Kensington, $9.95 (9780758231055).
Jayd’s ups and downs.

Divine, L. Drama High #8: Keep it Movin'. 2009. Dafina/Kensington, $9.95 (9780758231079).
Wheels and weaves.

Draper, Sharon M. Just Another Hero. 2009. Simon & Schuster/Antheneum, $16.99 (97814169070080).
Something’s going down at Hazelwood High.

Efaw , Amy. After. 2009. Viking Juvenile, $12.23 (9780670011834).
Baby in the dumpster – why?

Elkeles , Simone. Perfect Chemistry. 2008. Walker Books, $9.99 (9780802798220).
Gang member and cheerleader: it’s not exactly love at first sight.

Fahy , Thomas. Sleepless. 2009. Simon and Schuster. $12.47 (9781416959014).
Sleepwalking killers.

Forman, Gail. If I Stay. 2009. Dutton Children's Books, $16.99 (9780525421030).
This life or the afterlife?

Harmon, Michael. Brutal. 2009. Knopf, $16.99 (9780375940996).
Taking down the status quo.

Johnson, LouAnne. Muchacho. 2009. Random House/Knopf, $15.99 (9780375961175).
In Alt Ed and angry, can he keep his promise to mom?

Gifted Series

Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Out of Sight, Out of Mind. (series #1). 2009. Kingfisher, $7.95 (9780753416495).
Queen of Mean trapped in the life of unpopular Tracey.

Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Better Late Than Never (series #2). 2009. Kingfisher, $7.99 (9780753463000).
Jenna's dad finally shows up. Too good to be true?

Kaye, Marilyn. Gifted: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow. (series #3). 2009. Kingfisher, $7.95 (9780753463109).
Kidnapped to commit crimes, can super powers save them?

Kimani Tru

Byrd, A.J. Chasing Romeo. (A BFF novel -#1). 2009. Kimani Tru, 9.99 (9780373830909).
BFFs crushing on the same boy leads to major trouble!

Duck, Phillip Thomas. Dirty Jersey (series #1). 2008. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373830947).
Fame is fickle and can have a price.

Duck, Phillip Thomas. Dirty South (series #2). 2009. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373831425).
Family and feuds, is there a way out?

McKayhan, Monica. Jaded. (An Indigo Novel -#4). 2008. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373830992).
Can Jade handle her boyfriend’s secrets?

McKayhan , Monica. Deal With It. (An Indigo Novel -#5). 2009. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373831418).
Friends face off over dance team drama.

Norfleet , Celeste O. Fast Forward. (Kenisha Series -#2). 2009. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373831340).
Is the hot new guy telling truths or lies?

Pride, Felicia. Patterson Heights. 2009. Kimani Tru, $9.99 (9780373831487).
Avery's brother has been shot — should he avenge his murder?

Sarkar , Dona. Shrink to Fit. 2008. Kimani Press, $9.99 (9780373830954).
Leah's "Thinspirations" will make all her dreams come true. Won't they?

Sewell, Earl. Lesson Learned (A Keysha Novel - #3). 2009. Kimani Press, $9.99 (9780373831166).
Keysha’s mom is out of jail, Mike tries on his player game.

Sewell, Earl. Decision Time (A Keysha Novel - #4). 2009. Kimani Press, $9.99 (9780373831722).
Will Lori steal Keysha’s man, while Keysha’s on stage?

Sparks, Chandra Taylor. The Pledge. (A Worth-the-Wait Novel #1). 2009. Kimani Press, $9.99 (9780373830985).
It was easy to save herself for marriage until she met Allen.

Knowles, Jo. Jumping Off Swings. 2009. Candlewick Press, $16.99 (9780763639495).
One pregnancy seen through the eyes of four friends.

Denim Diaries Series

Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 1: Sixteen Going on Twenty-One (series). 2009. Urban Renaissance, $9.95 (9781933967714).
True love since kindergarten.

Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 2: Grown in Sixty Seconds (series). 2009. Urban Renaissance, $9.95 (9781933967721).
Expecting a child, missing their best friends.

Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 3: Queen of the Yard (series). 2009. Urban Renaissance, $9.95 (9781933967776).
Will the gang life let her go?

Lee, Darrien. Denim Diaries Book 4: Broken Promises (series). 2009. Urban Renaissance, $9.95. (9781933967745).
What could wreck the perfect family?

Lynch, Janet Nichols. Messed Up. 2009. Holiday House, $17.95 (9780823421855).
Mom’s in prison, dad’s gone, can RD make it on his own?

Mac, Carrie. Jacked. 2009. Orca Book Publishers, $9.99 (9781554691845).
Sneaking away from work was a bad idea.

McCaffrey, Kate. In Ecstasy. 2009. Annick Press, $21.95 (9781554511754).
Best friends — sex, drugs and lies.

McClintock, Norah. Taken. 2009. Orca Book Publishers, $12.95 (9781554691524).
Girls missing. One found dead. Is Stephanie next?

McDaniel, Lurlene. Breathless. 2009. Delacorte Press, $10.99 (9870385734592).
Four friends face the toughest decision ever — life or death.

Myers, Walter Dean. Dope Sick. 2009. Amistad, $16.99 (9780061214776).
Life on the streets with a supernatural twist.

Reger , Rob and Gruner, Jessica. Emily the Strange: The Lost Days. 2009. HarperCollins, $16.99 (9780061452291).
Emily has amnesia — and that's not her only problem.

Ryan, Darlene. Five Minutes More. 2009. Orca, $12.95 (9781554690060).
Why would D'Arcy's dad commit suicide?

Simone, Ni-Ni. If I Was Your Girl. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, $11.95 (9780758228413).
From the hottest girl around to babymama.

Simone, Ni-Ni. A Girl Like Me. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, $9.95 (9780758228437).
Leaving the hard life to live her dream.

Simone, Ni-Ni. Shortie Like Mine. 2008. Kensington/Dafina, $9.95 (9780758228390).
Seven is feeling it for Josiah; rocked by her BFF’s betrayal.

Dead Girl Series

Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl Walking (series #1). 2008. Llewellyn/Flux, $9.95 (9780738714059).
Racing against time to save her brain-dead body from being unplugged.

Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl Dancing (series #2). 2009. Llewellyn/Flux, $9.95 (9780738714066).
It’s spring break — off to party in a college student’s body.

Singleton, Linda Joy. Dead Girl In Love (series #3). 2009. Llewellyn/Flux, $9.95 (9780738714066).
Amber’s in the coffin. Who’s walking around in her body?

Smith, Alexander Gordon. Lockdown: Escape from Furnace (series #1). 2009. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $14.99 (9780374324919).
Doing hard time for murder – a mile beneath the earth’s surface.

Sniegoski , Thomas. Legacy. 2009. Delacorte, $18.99 (9780385906487). Delacorte, $15.99, (9780385737142).
Uncovering the secrets of a superhero.

Stiefvater , Maggie. Shiver. 2009. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780545123266).
Girl + Werewolf = True Love.

Volponi , Paul. Response. 2009. Penguin/Viking, $15.99 (9780670062836).
Is there a justification for a racially motivated beating?

Williams, Carol Lynch. The Chosen One. 2009. St. Martin's/Griffin, $16.95 (9780312555115).
Can thirteen-year-old Kyra save herself from becoming her sixty-year-old uncle's seventh wife?


Beckwith, Lois. The Dictionary of High School B.S.: From Acne to Varsity, All the Funny, Lame, and Annoying Aspects of High School Life. Orange Avenue Publishing, $10.95 (9780979017391).
High school – one definition at a time.

Blackshaw , Ric and Farrelly, Liz. Street Art Book: 60 Artists in Their Own Words. 2009. HarperCollins, 29.95 (9780061537325).
Life, art and inspiration: graffiti artist’s talk.

Borgenicht , David. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School. 2009. Chronicle Books, $10.99 (9780811868648).
How to get out alive.

Bright, J.E. America's Next Top Model: Fierce Guide to Life: The Ultimate Source of Beauty, Fashion, and Model Behavior. 2009. Universe, $24.95 (9780789318596).
Let your inner diva shine.

Brown, Marvelyn. The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive. 2008. Amistad, $14.95 (9780061562396).
“That boy did her scandalous.” –Ezra, 16.

Nightschool Series

Chmakova , Svetlana. Nightschool Volume 1 (series). 2009. Yen Press, $10.99 (9780759528494).
Boarding school for vampires, demons and witches.

Chmakova , Svetlana. Nightschool Volume 2 (series). 2009. Yen Press, $10.99 (9780759528604).
The lights may be off, but monsters still walk the halls.

Cliver , Sean. The Disposable Skateboard Bible. 2009. Gingko Press, $39.95 (9781584233275).
Ultimate guide to skateboard decks.

Conley, Erin Elisabeth; Macklin, Karen and Miller, Jake. Crap: How to Deal with Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff that Stinks. 2009. Orange Avenue Publishing, $9.99 (9780979017351).
Life is crappy, but it doesn't have to wreck your day.

Cooper, Martha and Chalfant, Henry. Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition. 2009. Chronicle Books, $40.00 (9780811868877).
It's big, it's beautiful, it’s classic NYC.

Davidson, Tony. One-track Mind: a Revealing Insight into the Obsessed Minds of Men. 2009. Random House/Virgin, $12.95 (9780753516904).
Boobs, boobs, everywhere. Where’s Waldo for teenage boys.

Fagerstrom , Derek and Smith, Lauren. Show Me How: 500 Things You Should Know Instructions for Life From the Everyday to the Exotic. 2008. Collins Design, $24.95 (9780061662571).
Fighting a shark, getting out of car in a mini skirt – it’s all here.

Garza, Mario. Stuff on my Mutt. 2009. Chronicle Books, $12.95 (9780811868976).
Wigs, Easter eggs and tiaras….. oh my!

Gavin, Francesca. Hell Bound: New Goth Art. 2008. Laurence King, $24.95 (978-9-8105-7563-3).
Art from the dark and disturbed.

Girdler, Chris. The Travel Book A Journey Through Every Country in the World. 2008. Lonely Planet Publications, $24.99 (9781741040050).
Around the world in 80 seconds.

Gray, Amy. How to Be a Vampire: A Fangs-on Guide for the Newly Undead. 2009. Candlewick/Weldon Owen Inc., $14.99 (9780763649159).
Thinking outside the coffin.

LOL Cat Series

Happycat , Professor and icanhascheezburger.com. I Can Has Cheezburger?: A LOLcat Colleckshun. 2008. Gotham, $8.00 (9781592404094).
Dis buk iz rilly funnee!

Happycat , Professor and icanhascheezburger.com. How to Take Over Teh Wurld: A LOLcat Guide 2 Winning. 2009. Gotham, $8.82 (9781592405169).
LOLcats r bak!

Hardwicke , Catherine. Twilight Director's Notebook: The Story of How We Made the Movie. 2009. Little Brown, $17.99 (9780316070522).
Behind the scenes.

Hart, Carey and Palmer, Chris. Inked. 2008. Artisan/Workman Publishing, $35.00 (9781579653354).
Everyone's skin has a story.

Heimber , Justin and Gomberg, David. Would You Rather….? Gross Out: Over 300 Disgusting Dilemmas Plus Extra Pages to Make Up Your Own! 2008. Falls Media, $9.95 (9781934734117).
Gargle blue cheese dressing for mouthwash or wear liver scented deodorant? You choose.

Horvath, David. Ugly Guide to Being Alive and Staying that Way: Hi! It's the Uglydoll. 2009. Random House, $5.99 (9780375857027).
Secrets of everyday life in the Ugly world.

Jacoby, Annice. Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo. 2009. Harry N. Abrams, Inc, $35.00 (9780810996359).
Altered billboards, graffiti, murals - and more.

Janic , Susan. Jonas Brothers Forever: The Unofficial Story of Kevin, Joe and Nick. 2009. ECW Press, $ 14.95 (9781550228519).
All you need to know about the bros.

Jenisch , Josh. Art of the Video Game. 2008. Quirk, $40.00 (9781594742774).
The digital artistry of your favorites.

Komanoya , Rico. Gothic Lolita Punk. 2009. Collins Design, $24.99 (9780061149955).
A showcase of art and artists from Japan.

Mawji , Nasim; Doherty, Chris; and Jensen, Burt. Hollywoof ! Celebrity Dogs Bite Back. 2008. DK Books, $9.95. (9780756636821).
What is Paris Hilton’s dog really thinking?

Miller, Kerry. Passive Aggressive Notes: Painfully Polite and Hilariously Hostile Writings from Shared Spaces the World Over. 2008. Harper Collins, $13.95 (9780061630590).
Dear Reader, do you really need an invitation to open this book?

Minguet , Eva. Tattoo Delirium. 2009. Collins Design, $29.99 (9780061740329).
International tattoos.

Nardone , Tom. Extreme Pumpkins II: take back Halloween and freak out a few more neighbors. 2008. Penguin Group/Home Book, $13.95 (9781557885333).
Not your traditional jack-o-lantern: alien, booger-filled pumpkin, and more!

O'Meara, Stephen James. Are You Afraid Yet? The Science Behind Scary Stuff. 2009. Kids Can Press, $17.95 (97815545329409).
Uncover the scientific truth about the strange and unusual.

Oser , Bodhi. Fuck the World. 2009. Chronicle Books, $16.95 (9780811866453).
Signs all over the world — with one word added.

Pahlow , Mark. Who Would Buy This? The Archie McPhee Story. 2008. Accoutrements Publishing Co, $24.95 (9780978664978).
Weird and bizarre in plastic. “The donkey butt cigarette dispenser is gross cool,” – Lenox, 15.

Palladini , Doug. Vans: Off the Wall: Stories of Sole from Vans Originals. 2009. Abrams, $24.95 (9780810983755).
All the art and dirt.

Regan, Sally. The Vampire Book. 2009. Dorling Kindersley, Ltd., $19.99 (9780756655518).
All you ever wanted to know in full dead and living color.

Renn , Crystal. Hungry: A Young Model's Story of Appetite, Ambition and the Ultimate Embrace of Curves. 2009. Simon and Schuster,
$16.50 (9781439101230).
A model's success doesn't require starvation.

Seventeen Magazine. Mega Traumarama! Real Girls and Guys Confess More of Their Most Mortifying Moments! 2009. Hearst, $7.95 (9781588167309).
It's funny because it's not you.

Smith, John. Inked: Clever, Odd and Outrageous Tattoos. 2008. teNeues , $19.95 (9783832792800).
What were they thinking?

Smith, Larry and Fershleiser, Rachel. I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure. 2009. Harper Collins/HarperTeen, $8.99, (9780061726842).
Turn the page: teens’ true confessions.

Cirque du Freak Manga series

Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 1. 2009. Yen Press, $10.99 (9780759530416).
One visit to a freak show can change your life.

Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 2. The Vampire’s Assistant. 2009. Yen Press, $10.99 (9780759530386).
Life as a half-vampire is never easy.

Shan, Darren and Arai, Takahir. Cirque du Freak: the Manga Vol. 3. Tunnels of Blood (series). 2009. Yen Press, $10.99 (9780759530430).
Working for a vampire can be bloody and murderous.

Shields, Brian and Sullivan, Kevin. WWE Encyclopedia: the Definitive Guide to World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009. Brady Games DK, $45.00 (9780756641900).
50 years of smackdowns.

Stenning , Paul. The Robert Pattinson Album. 2009. Plexus Publishing, $16.95 (9780859654388).
The full story.

Stutts , Ryan. The Skateboarding Field Manual. 2009. Firefly, $19.95 (9781554073627).
Skateboarding 101: evolution, tricks, etiquette and dealing with the law.

Su, Lac. I Love Yous are for White People: A Memoir. 2009. Harper Perennial, $14.00 (9780061543661).
Violence at home and on the streets.

Turner, Tracey. Deadly Perils: And How to Avoid Them. 2009. Walker & Company, $9.99 (9780802787385).
…. And then you die.

Von D, Kat. High Voltage Tattoo. 2009. HarperCollins, $29.99 (9780061684388).
Famed L.A. tattoo artist talks ink and rock-n-roll.

Willams , Mel. Robert Pattinson: Fated for Fame. 2009. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9780061742125).
There's more to the actor than his trademark hair: short, sweet, full of pics.

Willin , Melvyn. Paranormal Caught on Film. 2008. David and Charles, $16.99 (978-0715329801).
“I’m going to keep the light on,” Noel, 13.