Quick Picks Nominations
updated February 27, 2014
Belton, Claire. I am Pusheen the Cat. 2013. Simon and Schuster/Touchstone, $14.99. 978-1-4767-4701-9, If illustrated, please provide illustrator's name: Belton, Claire Paperback edition: A day in the life of an adorable cartoon cat.
Bub, Lil. Lil 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.
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.
Coefield, Sasha. DIY Braids: From Crowns to Fishtails, Easy, Step-by-Step Hair-Braiding. 2013. Publisher: F+W Media, Inc./Adams Media, $16.99. 978-1440567391. Step-by-step instructions for a variety of braiding styles.
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?
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.
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.
Jason, Reynolds. When I Was the Greatest. 2014. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/Antheneum, $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.
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.
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, $22.99. 978-0-7636-5611-9. Teens share their experience of being transgender through interviews and photographs.
Leong, Tim. Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe. 2013. Chronicle Books, $18.95. 978-1452113883. Price: $18.95 If illustrated, please provide illustrator's name: Infographics designed by Tim Leong Paperback edition: 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. 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.
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 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.