Quick Picks Nominations

updated April 1, 2014

Non-Fiction

Belton, Claire.  I am Pusheen the Cat.  2013. Illus. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone, $14.99.   978-1-4767-4701-9.  A day in the life of an adorable cartoon cat.

Bub, LilLil BUB's Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet. 2013. Gotham, $16.00. 978-1592408504.  Lil Bub, the world's most famous cat, shares her daily adventures on earth and in space through full color photos and hilarious captions.

Butcher, Christina. Braids, Buns, and Twists! Step-by-Step Tutorials for 82 Fabulous Hairstyles. 2013. Chronicle Books LLC, $19.95. 978-1-4521-2484-1.  Learn to easily style your hair into fashionable braids, buns, and twists with illustrated tutorials and full color photos. Curly and medium length hair too!

Capps, Tyler. Cooking Comically, Recipes So Easy You'll Actually Make Them. 2013. Illus. Penguin/Perigree Trade, $18.95. 978-0399164040. Comic book cookbook! Tyler Capps takes his recipes through each step with photographs while adding his comic commentary.

Coefield, Sasha.  DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair-Braiding. 2013. F+W Media, Inc./Adams Media, $16.99.  978-1440567391.  Step-by-step instructions for a variety of braiding styles.

Earl, Esther.  This Star Won't Go Out: The Life & Words of Esther Grace Earl.  2013.  Illus. Penguin Group USA/Dutton Books, $19.99.  9780525426363.  These are the journals, fiction, letters, and sketches of Esther, a young woman who died at 16 of thyroid cancer but lived with enormous grace and touched many lives through her YouTube videos and the grassroots fan communities of the Harry Potter universe and of author John Green.

Hale, Nathan. Donner Dinner Party. 2013. Illus. Harry N Abrams Inc./Amulet, $12.95. 9781419708565. A graphic, in both senses of the word, re-telling of the Donner-Reed Party's adventure from Illinois to California.

Kibblesmith, Daniel and Weiner, Sam. How To Win At Everything: Even Things You Can't Or Shouldn't Try To Win At. 2013. Illus. Chronicle Books, $15.95. 9781452113319.  This book is packed with bad and impractical advice for coming out on top in life.

Kidd, Chip. Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design. 2013. Workman Publishing, $17.95. Eye-catching and easy to read, readers will be catapulted into the world of graphic design.

Kuklin, Susan.  Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.  2014. Candlewick Press, $22.99978-0-7636-5611-9. Teens share their experience of being transgender through interviews and photographs.

Latta, Sara. Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias. 2014. Illus. Zest Books, $12.99. 9781936976492. A quick breakdown of 50 common phobias, ranging from the common, such as heights and enclosed spaces, to the not so common, such as zombies, horses, and dolls.

Leong, Tim.  Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe.  2013. Illus. Chronicle Books, $18.95978-1452113883.  A book of infographics diagramming the comic world in a humorous manner.

Muldrow, Diane. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book. 2013. Illus. Random House/Golden Book, $9.99. 978-0-307-97761-8Fun, bright illustrations that are eye catching from books we all read as kids with new life lessons attached to older Golden Books.

Robertson, Robbie et al. Legends, Icons, & Rebels: Music that Changed the World. 2013. Illus. Tundra Books, $29.00. 978-1770495715. A collection of artists who had a great impact on music. Includes 2 CDs.

Scandiffio, Laura. Outlaws, Spies, and Gangsters. 2014. Illus. Annick Press, $24.95. 978-1554516216. History and profiles of notorious criminals and how they were caught.

Stanton, Brandon. Humans of New York. 2013. Illus. St. Martin's Press, $29.99. 978-1-250-03882-1. A collection of images of people going about their lives in New York.

Voltz,  Stephen and Grobe, Fritz. How to Build a Hover Craft: Air Cannons, Magnet Motors, and 25 Other Amazing DIY Science Projects. 2013. Chronicle Books, LLC, $24.95. 9781452109527. Fun science projects, from simple to difficult. Some adult supervision is required

Fiction

Bernard, Romily. Find Me. 2013. Harper Collins Publishers/HarperTeen, $17.99. 978-0-06-222903-8. Can Wick, hacker extraordinaire, use her skills to find out why her friend committed suicide? A diary left on her doorstep offers clues.

Charbonneau, Joelle.   Independent Study: Testing Trilogy Series #2. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99.  9780547959207.  Picking up where "The Testing" left off, Cia now has to make her way through the induction into her government studies program. This time she has to compete with students from Tosu city ad she learns early on that she has a target on her head.

de la Pena, Matt. The Living. 2013. Delacorte Books, $17.99. 978-0385741200. Earthquakes, tsunamis and a plague. Shy is having a very bad day.

Demetrios, Heather. Something Real. 2014. Henry Holt and Company, $17.99. 978-0-8050-9794-8. Bonnie Baker spent the first 13 years of her life being on camera along with her 12 siblings. Relishing a normal life away from the camera, Bonnie (now Chloe) is in for a shock when comes home from school to find cameras all over her house again. 

Deuker, Carl. Swagger. 2013. HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-0547974590. After moving to Washington, Jonas strikes up a friendship with Levi, his new neighbor and fellow basketball player. Jonas is determined to win the championship, but will it cost him something else?

Giles,  Lamar. Fake ID. 2014.  HarperCollins/Amistad, $17.99. 9780062121844Nick Pearson moves to Stepton with his family and has all of the problems any new kid has starting at a new school, but he's carrying a secret: he and his family are in witness protection. When his new friends start dying, Nick finds out that Stepton may be hiding a secret, too.

Higgins, M. G. I'm Just Me. 2014. Saddleback, $9.95. 9781622507214.  This book looks at racism in schools and bullying. Told in alternating chapters between two high school students, a Pakistani girl and African-American girl, enrolled in a small sub-urban high school.

Jason, Reynolds.  When I Was the Greatest. 2014.  Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-1-4424-5947-2Ali lives in Brooklyn and is friends with Noodles and Needles the brothers who live next door. Noodles thinks he's tough and Needles has Tourette syndrome, but the block looks out for them. But something happens when they leave their block that changes everything.

Kang, Lydia. Control. 2013. Penguin/Dial Books, $17.99. 978-0-8037-3904-8.  In the year 2150, Zel is forced to hide with a group of mutant teens who help Zel rescue her sister from deadly kidnappers.

Keeble, Helen. No Angel. 2013. HarperCollins Publishers/HarperTeen, $9.99. 978-0062082275. Rafael did sign up to be the only boy at an all-girls school. He definitely didn’t sign up for the halo and wings, and he’s starting to think that some of his new classmates are more than just bullies.

Landers, Melissa. Alienated. 2014. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1423170280. Cara, selected to host Earth’s first interplanetary student exchange, is paired with Aelyx, a hot alien, who appears to be up to more than just an intergalactic goodwill tour. 

Sakugawa, Yumi. I Think I Am in Friend-Love With You. 2013. Illus. F&W Media/Adams Media, $13.99. 9781440573026. A short, sweet graphic novel about a monster that loves another monster, but only as a friend, and wants to share everything, but not in a weird way. If that's okay.

Seamon, Hollis. Somebody Up There Hates You. 2013. Algonquin, $16.95. 9781616202606. Richie and Sylvia are teenagers with cancer in a hospice in Hudson, NY. Their families are mourning them but they are both young and foolish, and want to have some fun in their remaining days.

Smith, Andrew. Grasshopper Jungle. 2014. Penguin/Dutton, $18.99. 978-0525426035. What's a guy to do after accidentally unleashing the apocalypse in the form of 6 foot tall praying mantises?

Watkins, Steve. Juvie. 2013. Candlewick, $17.99. 978-0763655099. Sadie's a good girl - does well in school, plays soccer and helps take care of her niece. But one night, she's in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up getting sent to juvenile detention for a crime she didn't commit.

Zarr,  Sarah and Altebrando, Tara. Roomies. 2013. Little, Brown/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18. 978-0-316-21749-1. Elizabeth from New Jersey and Lauren from California, are assigned as roommates their freshman year at college. Over the summer, they start corresponding and unexpectedly find themselves becoming friends and confidants.