Quick Picks Nominations
Updated July 1, 2016
Day, Felicia. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). 2015. Illus. Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, $25.99. 9781476785653. In her memoir, Felicia Day discusses growing up and her journey to becoming one of YouTube's most recognized creators.
Hidalgo, Pablo. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary. 2015. Illus. DK Children/Dorling Kindersley Publishing, $19.99. 9781465438164. Readers can discover more in depth information on their favorite Star Wars: The Force Awakens characters, gear, and more in this visual dictionary.
Higgins, Nadia Abushanab. Feminism: Reinventing the F-Word. 2016. Illus. Twenty First Century Books/Lerner, $35.99. 9781467761475. Feminism: Reinventing the f-word explains what feminism is, what it isn't, and why it should be important to the reader.
Jorgensen, Katrina and Blake Hoena. Ballpark Cookbook - The American League: Recipes Inspired by Baseball Stadium Foods. 2016. Illus. Capstone Press, $31.32. 9781491482322. This book, made in collaboration with Sports Illustrated Kids, offers the reader a sampling of food and drinks from various teams and stadiums in the American baseball league.
Lee, Stan and Peter David. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. 2015. Illus. Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, $30.00. 9781501107726. Stan Lee, co-creator of some of the Marvel Universe's best superheroes and villains, tells his own story with his usual humor. Little known facts about his life and the creation of comics are explored in living color.
Lindin, Emily. Unslut: A Diary and a Memoir. 2015. Zest Books, $14.99. 9781942186007. Shame comes in many forms. Stigmatized as a "slut" as early as 11 years old, Emily displays her insecurities, exchanges, and emotions, laying bare her middle school diaries, complete with asides and sidebars from her now adult self.
Mehring, Jonathan. Skate the World: Photographing One World of Skateboarding. 2015. National Geographic Society, $30.00. 9781426213960. Jonathan Mehring has traveled the world taking photographs of professional and non-professional skateboarders. This book includes many photos and a few stories on skateboarding and bringing skateboarding to new communities around the world.
Pansino, Rosanna. The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us. 2015. Illus. Atria. $29.99. 9781501104015. YouTube personality and creator of the Nerdy Nummies cooking show, Rosanna Pansino, shares step by step instructions for making some of her most popular food creations.
Webb, Kristina. Color Me Creative: Unlock Your Imagination. 2015. Illus. HarperCollins, $14.99. 9780062415462. Part autobiography. part creative companion, social media personality Kristina Webb encourages young people to create art.
Alexander, Kwame. Booked. 2016. HMH Books for Young Readers/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, $16.99. 9780544570986. Nick Hall is on top of the world. He's a star on his soccer team, doing well in school and has a cute girl interested in him. Then his parents drop a bomb that shatters his world. How will Nick put the pieces back together?
Allison, John. Giant Days, v. 1. 2015. Illus. Boom! Studios, $9.99. 9781608867899. From a mystery flu, old crushes showing up, and chauvinism, three young women have each others' backs.
Alsenas, Linas. Beyond Clueless. 2015. Amulet/Abrams, $16.95. 9781419714962. Marty Sullivan is the new girl, at an all girl's Catholic school in rural Ohio, but with the power of her new fearless friend Xiang and her lifelong BFF Jimmy she isn't too worried about her situation. When the school musical comes around, though, Marty finds she might be in over her head.
Andrews, Jesse. The Haters. 2016. Amulet Books/Abrams, $18.95. 9781419720789. Wes and his buddy Corey are completely disappointed by jazz camp. Then they meet Ash. When things click both musically and personally during a major jam session the three decide to ditch jazz camp and take their new band on the road. But is freedom on the open road all it's cracked up to be?
Blake, Ashley Herring. Suffer Love. 2016. HMH Books For Young Readers / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, $17.99. 9780544596320. Before he can learn her name, Sam Bennet finds himself falling for the beautiful girl in his English class. Hadley St. Clair is perfect, she's also the daughter of the man who destroyed Sam’s family. Does Sam tell Hadley the truth or does he keep his secret?
Bond, Gwenda. Double Down. 2016. Switch Press, $16.95. 9781630790387. Lois Lane is getting acclimated to Metropolis, her new city and high school. Things don't remain quiet for long, and she needs help from her new friends and her internet crush, Smallvilleguy.
Buxbaum, Julie. Tell Me Three Things. 2016. Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books. $17.99. 9780553535648. Jessie's world is turned upside down by a series of events. She loses her mother to cancer. Jessie's father remarries, sells the family home and moves Jessie to Los Angeles to live with her new stepmother and stepbrother. Jessie feels like an alien at her new private school where designer clothes and luxury cars are the norm. The whole situation becomes even more bizarre when Jessie receives an anonymous e mail from a classmate," Somebody Nobody" offering to help her navigate the minefield that is her new school.
Calame, Don. Dan Versus Nature. 2016. Candlewick Press, $17.99. 9780763670719. Dan tries to scare off his mom's potential suitor while on a survivalist camping adventure. What could go wrong?
Cass, Kiera. The Siren. 2016. Harper Teen/HarperCollins, $18.99. 9780062391995. Kahlen is a Siren in service to the Ocean after she was saved from drowning. Now years later she has broken a rule when she falls in love.
Cavallaro, Brittany. A Study in Charlotte. 2016. Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062398901. Thrown together at an American boarding school, the great-great-great grandson of John Watson and the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes find themselves implicated in the murder they are determined to solve.
Davis, Tanita S. Peas and Carrots. 2016. Knopf/Penguin Random House, $17.99. 9780553512816. Dess is just with the Carter family to make sure her baby brother is in good hands, she doesn't want to be in their perfect lives for long. Hope Carter is always nice to the kids her family takes in, but Dess is her age- getting along will be the hardest thing both of them have done.
Federle, Tim. The Great American Whatever. 2016. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, $17.99. 9781481404099. It's his first summer after his sister's death and sixteen year-old Quinn Roberts is just starting to leave the house again. Maybe with the help of his best friend and a mysterious, cute boy he meets at a party, he can get his life back on track.
Friend, Natasha. Where You’ll Find Me. 2016. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $16.99. 9780374302306. Anna Collette's life is falling apart. Her best friend just dumped her and she's stuck living with her dad and step mom after her mother's suicide attempt. But Anna discovers that sometimes you can find yourself in the unlikeliest places.
Garvin, Jeff. Symptom of Being Human. 2016. HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062382863. Riley, the child of a Congressman, sometimes identifies as a boy, other times as a girl. Interacting with peers is difficult and so Riley starts an anonymous blog to talk about what it's really like to be gender fluid. When someone discovers Riley's true identity, Riley must decide whether to walk away from the blog or to take a stand and come out.
Hamilton, Alwyn. Rebel of the Sands. 2016. Viking Books for Young Readrs/Penguin Young Readers Group, $18.99. 9780451477538. Amani Al'Hiza is a desert-dwelling sharpshooter desperate to leave her dead-end hometown of Dustwalk. When she meets up with the mysterious foreigner Jin, her life begins to take a turn towards the magical and adventurous.
Hartzler, Aaron. What We Saw. 2015. Harperteen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062338747. When a school's star athletes are accused of rape, the small community surrounding the school rushes to support the athletes, and ostracizes the victim. One student hunts down the truth to set things right— even if it costs her everything she loves.
Henry, Emily. The Love That Split the World. 2016. Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers, $17.99. 9781595148506. In the summer after her senior year Natalie is once again visited by the mysterious apparition she calls "Grandmother". Grandmother warns her that she only has "three months to save him".
Hicks, Faith Erin. The Nameless City. 2016. Illus. First Second Books/Roaring Brook Press, $21.99. 9781626721579. Kaidu is a young Dao soldier who has come to the city to meet his father and learn how to fight, but he doesn't get along with the other soldiers and sneaks out to explore the city on his own. He befriends Rat, who teaches him how to run across rooftops and about why rulers of the city are hated by those who have always lived there.
Hilton, Marilyn. Full Cicada Moon. 2015. Dial Books/Penguin Young Readers, $17.99. 9780525428756. Mimi has just moved to predominantly white Vermont in the late 60's. She doesn't fit in easily as a half-Black, half-Japanese girl from California, who likes science and wood shop rather than home ec.
Johnston, E.K. Exit, Pursued by a Bear. 2016. Dutton Books for Young Readers/Penguin Young Readers, $17.99. 9781101994580. Hermione, a talented and determined high school senior and cheer captain, is raped at cheer camp. In the year that follows, she deals with rumors, flashbacks, and a re-centering of her life.
Keil, Melissa. The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl. 2016. Illus. Peachtree Publishers, $17.95. 9781561459056. Alba is the author behind Cinnamon Girl, her superhero alter ego. Alba, though, feels anything but super what with high school ending, her friends going other places and the apocalypse approaching.
Lange, Erin Jade. Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah. 2016. Bloomsbury USA Childrens/Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781619634985. Four very different teens, who normally would not be caught dead together, flee from a cop busted party by jumping into a parked SUV that they find and drive off. This ride will change their lives forever.
Love, Jessica. In Real Life. 2016. St. Martin’s Griffin/St. Martin’s Press, $18.99. 9781250064714. Hannah and Nick have been online friends for years and possibly more than friends, but they've never met in person. When Hannah decides to surprise Nick and takes a road trip out to meet him, she realizes that their friendship is different in real life, and has to decide what her feelings really are.
Lubar, David. Character, Driven: A Novel. 2016. Tor Teen/Tom Doherty Associates, $17.99. 9780765316332. Cliff is an easy mark, falling for the new girl, muddling through life and his high school classes, while his home life is falling apart.
Lukavics, Amy. Daughters Unto Devils. 2015. Harlequin Teen/Harlequin, $17.99. 9780373211586. After a dreadful winter, Amanda and her family find a new home on the prairie. Unfortunately, the demon spirits are very comfortable in their new environment.
McCarthy, Cori. You Were Here. 2016. Sourcebooks, $17.99. 9781492617044. The summer after she graduates from high school Jaycee tries to re-enact her brother's daredevil exploits. Along the way she makes friends, finds love and comes to terms with her brother's death.
McIntosh, Will. Burning Midnight. 2016. Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books, $17.99. 9780553534108. What if there were spheres hidden around the world that could enhance your sight, make you pretty, stronger, smarter? Would you jump at the opportunity, or think twice about the consequences?
Medina, Meg. Burn Baby Burn. 2016. Candlewick, $17.99. 9780763674670. In 1977 New York, it feels to Nora as if the world is coming to an end; with a crime spree, a serial killer on the loose, and a heat wave-not to mention her brother's violent and uncontrollable tendencies, and her mother unable to pay rent. Nora is about to turn eighteen and she wants to be on her own, but how can she leave her family or date a boy when a serial killer is shooting lovers in cars on the street?
Miller, Barnabas. The Girl with the Wrong Name. 2015. Soho Teen/Soho Press, $18.99. 9781616951948. Unable to remember the night that left her face scarred, Theo finds solace in documenting the random subjects she finds on the streets of New York. She quickly becomes fixated on the subject she calls Lost Boy and enamored with his story of lost love decides to help him It doesn't take long for Theo to realize that not everything is as it seems.
Moldavsky, Goldy. Kill the Boy Band. 2016. Scholastic, $17.99. 9780545867474. Four girls will do anything to meet the members of their favorite boy band. When the evening takes a sinister turn, "fangirl" takes on a whole new meaning.
Nijkamp, Marieke. This Is Where It Ends. 2016. Sourcebooks, $17.99. 9781492622468. A violent student with a grudge and a gun holds his classmates and teachers hostage for an hour. This minute-by-minute account features narratives from four different students experiencing the terror in very different ways.
O’Connor, George. Apollo: The Brilliant One. 2016. Illus. First Second Books/Roaring Brook Press, $9.99. 9781626720152. Told by various Muses, the tale of Apollo, the son of Zeus and brother of Artemis, is one full of twists and turns. Apollo is the god of the sun, but he has a dark side as well as light and sometimes he hurts those he loves the most.
Palmer, Robin. Once Upon a Kiss. 2016. Speak/Penguin Young Readers, $9.99. 9780147509888. It's 1986 and Zoe Brenner loves new wave music, her asymmetrical haircut and her best friend Jonah. When she accidentally travels 30 years in the future everything is different, she's internet famous, popular and only wants what she can't have- Jonah to share it with.
Pon, Cindy. Serpentine. 2015. Months 9 Books. $14.99. 9781942664338. As Skybright learns more about her otherness, she becomes entangled in a battle between her origins and the people she loves.
Reynolds, Jason and Brendan Kiely. All American Boys. 2015. Atheneum/Simon and Schuster, $17.99. 9781481463331. Rashad Butler only wanted a bag a chips. Instead, he is accused of shoplifting and resisting arrest.
Riordan, Rick. The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, Book 1). 2016. Disney Hyperion, $19.99. 9781484732748. The god Apollo has been cast out of Olympus by his father Zeus as punishment. To Apollo's horror he is in the form of a sixteen year old boy, acne and all, with none of his powers. Apollo soon finds himself bound to a 12 year old demi god and thrust into the middle of a conspiracy affecting the Oracle of Delphi. How can Apollo be expected to fix this in his current form, a teenage mortal?
Rollins, Danielle. Burning. 2016. Bloomsbury Children’s Books/Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781619637382. Angela Davis is counting down the days until her release from Brunesfield Correctional Facility. After taking the fall for a crime that she did not commit, she is looking forward to a fresh start. Everything changes with the arrival of a new inmate
Rossi, Veronica. Riders. 2016. Tor Teen/Tom Doherty Associates, $17.99. 9780765382542. After plummeting to his death, Gideon wakes to find he has become War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Now he is on a mission to find the other Horsemen so they can protect the world from the evil threatening to enslave it.
Russo, Meredith. If I Was Your Girl. 2016. Flatiron, $17.99. 9781250078407. Amanda is facing a lot of new challenges—moving to a new state, living with her estranged father— but no challenge is as big as starting over after being relentlessly bullied for her transgender identity. She intends to keep to herself, but a sensitive football player named Grant might change all of that.
Savage, Kim. After the Woods. 2016. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99. 9780374300555. One year after Julia and Liv were abducted, Julia is still obsessed with figuring out her case, even though everyone tells her she should move on. When a new body surfaces that may have connections to her case, Julia pursues the leads to find out shocking truths.
Schmitt, Sarah. It’s a Wonderful Death. 2015. Sky Pony/Skyhorse Publishing, $17.99. 9781634501736. When the Grim Reaper accidentally brings 17-year-old RJ to the afterlife, RJ must find a way to get back her life.
Shakespeare, William and Courtney Carbone. Macbeth #killingit. 2016. Random House Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books, $9.99. 9780553538809. A retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth, Macbeth and his wife plot to murder the king and rise to power via Smartphone texts.
Shakespeare, William and Brett Wright. A Midsummer Night #nofilter. 2016. Random House Books for Young Readers/Random House Children’s Books, $9.99. 9780553538823. A retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Wright captures the magic, misunderstandings, and love in the faerie realm via text messages.
Skrutskie, Emily. The Abyss Surrounds Us. 2016. Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd, $11.99. 9780738746913. On her first mission out, Cas, a new trainer of Reckoners, bio-engineered sea monsters, is kidnapped by pirates. What will she do to survive?
Smith, Jennifer E. Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between. 2015. Little Brown, $18.00. 9780316334426. On the cusp of embarking on the road to college, Aidan and Clare explore their shared past while trying to determine their uncertain future. Is love enough to sustain them even when they are about to move to opposite coasts?
Stone, Danika and Karin Goble. All the Feels. 2016. Feiwel & Friends, $9.99. 9781250084095. Liv is a fangirl. She exists to consume all things Starveil. When the main character, Spartan, gets killed off in the latest movie, Liv cannot deal and she takes matters into her own hands. Suddenly with #SpartanSurvived, she's internet famous and must go to DragonCon with her best friend Xander to see her handiwork at play.
Toro, Guillermo del and Daniel Kraus. Trollhunters. 2015. Hyperion/Disney, $18.99. 9781423125983. 45 years ago, children disappeared, including Jim's brother Jack. Now, Jim, Jr. has his own encounter and finds that, yes, there are monsters in your closet and under the bed, always watching.
Whaley, John Corey. Highly Illogical Behavior. 2016. Dial Books / Penguin Random House, $17.99. 9780525428183. Solomon Reed has not left his house in three years and has no friends, until one day Lisa Praytor barges into his life. Lisa thinks she can help Solomon, but she also believes he would make the perfect subject of her college entrance essay. Everybody wins, right?
One. One-Punch Man, v. 1. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421585642. What do you do when you have become so strong you can defeat all opposition with a single punch? You get bored.
One. One-Punch Man, v. 2. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421585659. Saitama’s secret origin story.
One. One-Punch Man, v. 3. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9780738746913. Our hero-for-fun, Saitama, takes the Hero's Association test with some surprising results.
You Choose: Spies Series
Burgan, Michael. Spies of the Civil War: An Interactive History Adventure. 2015. Illus. Capstone, $31.32. 9781491458594. Go back in history as a spy, what happens next is up to you.
Burgan, Michael. Spies of World War I: An Interactive History Adventure. 2015. Illus. Capstone, $31.32. 9781491458600
Raum, Elizabeth. Stealing Nazi Secrets in World War II: An Interactive History Adventure. 2015. Illus. Capstone, $31.32. 9781491458617
Raum, Elizabeth. Spies of the American Revolution: An Interactive History Adventure. 2015. Illus. Capstone, $31.32. 9781491458587