Quick Picks Nominations

updated August 12, 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.

Boyer, Crispin. This Or That? The Wacky Book of Choices To Reveal The Hidden You. 2014. Illus. National Geographic Kids, $12.99.  9781426315572. Would you rather have superhuman healing powers, or never age? Would you rather your tongue be a worm or a bug? These weird things actually exist, and your choice reveals a lot about you.

Bub, Lil. Lil BUB's Lil Book: The Extraordinary Life of the Most Amazing Cat on the Planet. Illus. 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!

Bragg, Georgia. How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous. 2014. Illus. Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers, $18.99. 9780802734891. The human foibles and epic failures of fourteen famous historical overachievers.

Brown, Box. Andre The Giant: Life and Legend. 2014. Illus. First Second, $17.99. 9781596438514. An illustrated look into the life and times of Andre the Giant.

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.

Carlin, Patricia. How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity: A Guide to Financial Freedom. 2014. Illus. Quirk Books, $12.95. 9781594746796. Your cat is ready for its (Internet) close up.

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

Crockett, Alexandra. Metal Cats. 2014. Illus. powerHouse Books, $12.95. 978-1-57687-677-0. Photos of cute kitties and their owners including hardcore metal musicians, promoters, and fans.

Dakota, Heather. Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide.  Illus. by Ali Castro. 2014. Scholastic, $10.99. 9780545650441. Prepare for the inevitable zombie outbreak with crucial info on virology, zombie identification, and survival skills.

Doherty, Meghan. How Not to Be a Dick: An Everyday Etiquette Guide. 2013. Illus. Zest Books, $16.99. 9781936976027. A practical, humorous guide to better manners.

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.

Gownley, Jimmy. The Dumbest Idea Ever! 2014. Illus. Scholastic/Graphix, $24.99 9780545453462. A graphic novel memoir of how a kid who loved to draw, turned disappointment and one "dumb" suggestion from a friend into a successful career as a comic artist.

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. 978-0761172192. 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. Illus. Candlewick Press, $22.99. 978-0-7636-5611-9. Teens share their experience of being transgender through interviews and photographs.

Knapp, Andrew. Find Momo: A Photography Book. 2014. Illus.  Quirk Books, $14.95.   978-1594746789. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and quirky pictures. While you're at it, find Momo, the border collie hiding in each photo.

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, $18.95. 978-1452113883. A book of infographics diagramming the comic world in a humorous manner.

Lovato, Demi. Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year. 2013. Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, $19.99. 978-1-250-05144-8. A year's worth of advice for every day from a popular teen idol.

Maletsky, Sophie. Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects. Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Put Down. 2014. Illus. Zest Books, $16.99. 978-1-936976-54-6. Easy-to-follow guide to making several different types of DIY duct-tape crafts.

McNeil, Legs and McCain, Gillian. Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary. 2014. Illus. Sourcebooks Fire, $15.99. 978-1402287589. Diary of a young girl who will do ANYTHING to find affection and block out the debilitating pain of cystic fibrosis.

Montgomery, Sy. Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats. 2014. Illus. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, $18.99. 978-0-547-81549-7. Learn about the amazing work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund as they strive to save cheetahs from extinction through an easy to read narrative and amazing photographs.

Muldrow, Diane. Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book. 2013. Illus. Random House/Golden Book, $9.99. 978-0-307-97761-8. Fun, 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.

Shoket, Ann. Seventeen's Ultimate Guide to College. 2014. Illus. Running Press, $19.95. 9780762451937. Filled with tips and stories from real students, Seventeen’s Ultimate Guide to College reveals everything a girl needs to know to feel confident on campus and make the next years her best yet.

Shoket, Ann. Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Guys: What He Thinks about Flirting, Dating, Relationships, and You! 2013. Illus. Running Press, $19.95. 978-0762448913. A collection of advice for girls on all aspects of dating.

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. Illus. Chronicle Books, LLC, $24.95. 9781452109527. Fun science projects, from simple to difficult. Some adult supervision is required

Wallace, Rich and Sandra Neil. Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. 2014. Illus. Highlights/Calkins Creek, $16.95. 9781590789810. This biography of the number one female athlete of the 20th century, Babe Didrikson Zaharias, tells her story without sugar-coating anything.

 

Fiction

Alender, Katie. Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer. 2013. Point, $18.99. 9780545468091. On a school field trip to Paris, Colette learns that she is part of a now extinct French aristocarcy and that the ghost of Marie Antoinette wants to kill her.

Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99. 9780544107717. Josh, dubbed Filthy McNasty by his Dad, is the star of his middle school basketball team. His life begins to unravel when his twin brother finds a girlfriend, and his father struggles with illness.

Armentrout, Jennifer. Don't Look Back. 2014. Disney Book Group/Hyperion, $16.99. 978-142317512-4. Samantha wakes up lost in the woods with amnesia. As she pieces her life together she gets a chance to start over with old friends and solve the mystery of her disappearance.

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.

Brown, Jennifer. Torn Away. 2014. Little, Brown and Company, $18. 9780316245531. Can Jersey find her place in the world after a massive tornado takes away the people she loves most?

Burgess, Melvin. The Hit. 2014. Scholastic Inc./Chicken House, $17.99. 978-0-545-55699-6. Is one week of pure bliss and all things awesome worth it if you die immediately once it's over? Adam is about to find out when he takes a hit of the new drug on the street.

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.

Dellaira, Ava. Love Letters to the Dead. 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99. 9780374346676. An assignment to write a letter to a dead person turns into a very cathartic and confusing time for Laurel. Through the letters she is able to face what happened to her and accept what happened to her dead sister.

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?

Ewing, Lynne. The Lure. 2014. Harper Collins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99. 978-0-06-220688-6. Blaise joined the Core 9 gang for protection and status. The initiation beating was bad enough, but things get much worse when Blaise agrees to be a sexy lure to rival gang members.

Fantaskey, Beth. buzz kill. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99. 978-0547-39310-0. Kooky, nonconformist Millie Ostermeyer must tap into her inner Nancy Drew to solve the murder of her high school's famously volatile football coach.

Feutl, Rita. Bike Thief. 2014. Orca Book Publishers/Orca Soundings, $9.95. 9781459805705. A believable, action-packed look at the underworld of stolen bicycles. Without being too heavy, it underlines how one bad choice can trap someone in a downward spiral of increasingly dangerous acts.

Gibbs, Stuart. Poached. 2014. Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers. 978-4424-6777-4. Teddy Fitzroy uses his sleuthing skills to find the real criminals after he is implicated in a Kazoo the koala's kidnapping.

Giles, Lamar. Fake ID. 2014. HarperCollins/Amistad, $17.99. 9780062121844. Nick 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.

Gray, Keith. Losing It. 2013. Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Lab, $17.95. 9781467720410. Collected short stories about virginity: sweet or awful, exciting or traumatic, yesterday or years ago, you never forget your first time.

Green, S. E. Killer Instinct. 2014. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $17.99. 9791481402859. Lane isn't just interested in serial killers—she wants to be one.

Gurtler, Janet. #16thingsithoughtweretrue. 2014. Sourcebooks, $9.99. 9781402277979. All of Morgan's friends are on Twitter, but after a health scare confessional from her mom, Morgan's entire life is shaken up and she hits the road with two unlikely companions.

Hawkins, Rachel. Rebel Belle. 2014. G.P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Group, $17.99. 9780399256936. Seventeen-year-old Harper Price's charmed life is turned upside down when she discovers she's been given magical powers in order to protect her school nemesis David Stark, who's an Oracle.

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.

Hubbard, Jenny. And We Stay. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $16.99. 978-0-385-74057-9. Emily Beam is packed off to a fancy boarding school after her boyfriend's suicide.

Johnston, E. K. The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim. 2014. Carolrhoda Books. 978-1467710664. Owen is the son and nephew of dragon slayers. Siobhan is his bard. This is the story of their beginning, of the dragons that plague their town and the plan to fight back.

Jordan, Sophie. Uninvited. 2014. HarperCollins/HarperTeen, $17.99. 9780062233653. Davy is smart, privileged, and has never hurt a fly, but loses everything when she tests positive for the "kill gene," which (according to everyone else) predicts that she will one day snap and become a violent murderer.

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.

Lawrence, Theo. Toxic Heart. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $17.99. 9780385741620. Mystic City is wracked by rebellion. In order to bring the ruling elite led by her family and the uprising led by her boyfriend together in peace, Aria Rose must first find a mystical artifact of tremendous power.

Lockhart, E. We Were Liars. 2014. Random House/Delacorte Press, $17.99. 978-0-385-74126-2. Suffering from memory loss and crippling headaches, Cadence Sinclair is trying to put together the pieces of her life, one lie at a time.

Maihack, Mike. Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice. 2014. Graphix, $22.99. 978-0-545-52842-9. A funny, action-packed graphic novel featuring fifteen-year-old Cleopatra – yes, that Cleopatra – who is transported to the future and learns that it is up to her to save the galaxy!

Mathieu, Jennifer. The Truth about Alice. 2014. Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck Publishing, $16.99. 9781596439092. Alice is shunned when rumor spreads she slept with two boys in one night and then is blamed for one their death soon thereafter.

Messner, Kate. Manhunt. 2014. Scholastic Press, $16.99. 9780545419772. Henry, Anna, and Jose are junior members of a secret society dedicated to protecting priceless artifacts. It's up to them to rescue the senior members and find a missing masterpiece under the streets of Paris.

Northrup, Michael. Surrounded by Sharks. 2014. Scholastic/Scholastic Press, $17.99. 9780545615457. Davey, on a boring family vacation, is pulled out to sea after a solo swim in dangerous waters.  Will his family realize he is in trouble before he becomes shark bait?

Oliver, Lauren. Panic. 2014. Harper/Harper Collins, $17.99. 978-0-06-201455-9. In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000.

Peters, Julie Ann. Lies my Girlfriend Told Me. 2014. Little, Brown and Company/Megan Tingley Books, $18. 9780316234979. When Alix's girlfriend, Swanee unexpectedly dies, Alix is left to discover Swanee's secrets... including her other girlfriend, Liana.

Polak, Monique. Straight Punch. 2014. Orca Books, $12.95. 978-1459803916. Learning to box is only the first step in Tessa's journey to self-discovery.

Reedy, Trent. Divided We Fall. 2014. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99. 9780545543675. Private First Class Daniel Wright loves football, rodeo, his girlfriend, and serving his country in the Idaho National Guard. He also fired the first shot that ended the United States of America.

Reynolds, Jason. When I Was the Greatest. 2014. Antheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 978-1-4424-5947-2. Ali 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.

Rylander, Chris. Codename Zero. 2014. HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press, $16.99.  9780062120083. Seventh-grade prankster Carson Fender just wants to liven up his boring North Dakota town, and suddenly finds himself working for a vast, secret spy agency.

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.

Scott, Jerry. Zits: Shredded. 2014. Illus.Harper Collins/Harper Teen, $9.99. 978-0062228536. A laugh out loud book that combines the Zits comic with text.

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.

Shan, Darren. Zom-B: Mission. 2014. Illus. Hachette/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15. 9780316214285. Revitalized zombie B Smith goes on her first mission with the other "Angels," escorting a group of scared humans from London to a barricaded town in the countryside.

Shinoda, Anna. Learning Not to Drown. 2014. Simon and Shuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 9781416993933. Clare's brother just got out of prison...again. As she tries to adjust to life with her brother out, she starts to wonder what really happen and why no one will tell her the truth.

Shiraz, Yasmin. Accused: A Retaliation Novel #2. 2014. Still Eye Rise Media, LLC/Rolling Hills Press, $11.95. 9780971817487. Ahmed has been wrongfully accused of raping an underage girl and everyone believes he is guilty even though there is no evidence.

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. Caged Warrior. 2014. Disney-Hyperion, $16.99. 978-1423171249. McCutcheon's father forces him to fight in the illegal underground Mixed Martial Arts circuit in Detroit. McCutcheon would like to escape his father, save his sister, and find his mother, but his father and the Priests, a local gang, won't let him go that easily.

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?

Smith, Jennifer E. The Geography of You and Me. 2014. Little, Brown/Poppy, $18. 978-0316254779. Lucy and Owen spend a magical night in New York City. Will they have the chance to do it again, or will their changing lives keep them apart?

Smith, Lindsay. Sekret. 2014. Macmillan/Roaring Book Press, $17.99. 9781596438927. Yulia is kidnapped by the KGB and trained as psychic spy for the U.S.S.R. Now more than ever, she has to hide her thoughts in order to survive.

Sones, Sonya. The Night Before College. 2014. Illus. Penguin Group/Grosset & Dunlap, $9.99. 9780448461472. A fun take on "The Night Before Christmas" to highlight the process of thinking about, preparing, and applying to colleges.

Stevens, Courtney. Faking Normal. 2014. Harper Teen, $17.99. 9780062245380. Alexis hasn't told anyone what happened over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed she scratches to make sure the outside hurts as much as the inside. She finds comfort in Bodee who has his own tragic secret.

Strohmeyer, Sarah. The Secrets of Lily Graves. 2014. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $9.99. 9780062259608. Erin Donahue is found dead the day after attacking Lily Graves in a jealous rage, making Lily (and Erin's ex-boyfriend, who Lily just might be falling for) a suspect. But Lily knows there's a murderer on the loose...

Tamaki, Jillian. This One Summer. 2014. First Second, $17.99. 9781596437746. Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was little and it was always fun. This year is different as she is older, her parents are fighting, and she's caught up in the local drama.

Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. 2014. Illus. First Second, $17.99. 978-1596436978. Superheroes can't be forced into saving people by their mom, can they?

Walters, Eric. The Rule of Three. 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99. 9780374355029. A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for survival after a virus destroys all computer technology leading to a worldwide blackout.

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, Sara 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.

Series

What’s Your Style? Series

Kenney, Karen Latchana. Boho Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 9781467714709. Fashion advice for the eclectic girl.

St John, Amanda. Edgy Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 9781467714686. Fashion advice for girls with a rebellious side.

Kenney, Karen Latchana. Hipster Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 9781467714723. Fashion advice for the quirky girl.

Kenney, Karen Latchana. Preppy Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 9781467714693.Fashion advice for the put-together girl.

Watson, Stephanie. Streetwear Fashion. 2014. Lerner Publishing, $22.95. 9781467714716.