Quick Picks Nominations
Please feel free to suggest a title for the committee to consider!
Updated March 23, 2015.
Donovan, Sandy. Thrift Shopping: Discovering Bargains and Hidden Treasures. 2015. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $33.32. 9781467757836. Helpful guide for thrift shopping, describes different places to find deals, how to tell if an item is quality, and ideas for upcycling finds
Heppermann, Christine. Poems for You, My Pretty. 2014. Illus. Greenwillow/Harper Collins Children’s, $17.99. 9780062289575. 50 modern fairy tale poems for the teenage girl.
Keyser, Amber J. Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes. 2015. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $35.65. 9781467726405. A little history on your favorite shoes.
Larkin, Eric Shabazz. A Moose Boosh: A Few Choice Words About Food. 2014. Illus. Readers to Eaters, $18.95. 9780983661559. A collection of food based pictures and poetry.
McGuire, Kara. The Teen Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More. 2014. Capstone Young Readers, $9.95. 9781623701352. This book is a breakdown on money for teens: how to make, spend, and save it.
Rosen, Michael J. Girls vs. Guys: Surprising Differences Between the Sexes. 2014. Twenty-First Century Books/Lerner Publishing Group, $33.27. 9781467716109. A fun look at the differences between the sexes
Shepherd, Jack. 67 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs. 2014. National Geographic Society, $12.99. 9781426213861. Scientific proof that cats are better than dogs.
Sundquist, Josh. We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story. 2014. Illus. Little Brown & Co/Hachette Book Group, $18.00. 9780316251020. At 25, Josh is a Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor, and he's also never had a girlfriend. It this book he looks into his past and try to figure out why.
Tuma, Refe & Susan. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night. 2014. Little Brown & Co/Hachette, $20.00. 9780316294591. Toy dinosaurs have fun at night in one family's home
Adrian, Susan. Tunnel Vision. 2015. St. Martins Griffin/Macmillan, $18.99. 9781250047922. Jake Lukin has the supernatural ability to do what he calls tunneling, meaning he can tell where someone is just by holding an object of theirs. Jake's father knew that this ability was valuable and made Jake promise to never reveal his talent, but Jake broke that rule and now he's being pursued on all sides. Jake is now in a high stakes stand of with forces beyond his control and it's hard to say what the outcome will be.
Gurevich, Margaret. Making the Cut. 2014. Illus. Capstone Young Readers/Stone Arch Books, $14.95. 9781623701123. 16-year-old Chloe loves fashion, but when a new fashion reality series comes to town, can she make the cut?
Hall, Sandy. A Little Something Different. 2014. Macmillan, $9.99. 9781250061454. Told in 14 different viewpoints, making chapters short and the plot fast-moving, this sweet romance tells the story of the destined-to-be-together Lea and Gabe. Everyone thinks Lea and Gabe should be a couple, but they keep moving past each other which makes for amusing near-misses and allows for the will they or won't they anticipation to build for a satisfying conclusion.
Harris, Carrie. Demon Derby. 2014. Delacorte Press/Random House, $18.00. 9780316251020. Casey, a cancer-surviving extreme sports junkie, is going about her daily life when she has an encounter with a live in-the-flesh demon and manages to survive. The burst of adrenaline propels her to join the local kick-butt roller derby team, but the people on the team, especially the dreamy team manager Michael, aren't what they seem...and the demons are still on her tail.
Hiaasen, Carl. Skink No Surrender. 2014. Knopf/Random House, $18.99. 9780375870514. Richard's cousin Malley has run away, again. But this time is different from the others and Richard is certain she is in danger. With the help of a large, gnarly looking homeless man, named Skink, Richard sets out to rescue her.
Howard, J.J. Tracers. 2015. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin USA, $17.99. 9780399173738. Cam has no family, no real home, and is working as a bike messenger in Manhattan to pay off some dangerous loan sharks when he literally crashes into the world of parkour and his life is changed -- for better or worse.
Laurie, Victoria. When. 2015. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99. 9781484700082. Maddie and her best friend become murder suspects when the FBI finds out she accurately predicted the victim's death dates.
Marriott, Zoe. The Name of the Blade. 2014. Candlewick Press, $16.99. 9780763669577. When Zoe picks up her grandfather's katana, she opens up a world that she may not be ready for.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 1. 2014. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576077. A destructive alien, who just finished taking a chunk out of the moon, makes a deal with the government. It will take over as the teacher for a class of troubled students, and they may attempt to assassinate him.
Matsui, Yusei. Assassination Classroom V. 2. 2015. Illus. Viz Media, $9.99. 9781421576084. The students of Class 3 E have a new foreign language teacher, Ms. Jelavich, renowned assassin.
Pope, Paul. The Rise of Aurora West. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $17.99. 9781626722682. Aurora helps her hero father battle the child-snatching monsters of Acropolis, but still finds time to hunt down clues that might solve her own mother's murder.
Smale, Holly. Geek Girl. 2015. Harper Teen/HarperCollins, $17.99. 9780062333575. Harriet Manners would be the first to tell you that she's a geek. In fact, she could show you where someone scrawled the word onto her backpack so she can never forget. So when one of the world's top fashion designers offers her the chance to reinvent herself as a model, she jumps at it.
Watson, Andi. Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula. 2015. Illus. First Second/Macmillan, $19.99. 9781626722750. Princess Decomposia is super-busy because she essentially runs her father's kingdom of the Underworld, which is filled with spooky, but nice, otherworldly inhabitants. When her father, King Wolfrun the hypochondriac, fires yet another chef the Princess brings in vampire chef extraordinaire Count Spatula whose culinary delights bring some unrest, and welcome change, to the castle.
Whitney, Daisy. The Fire Artist. 2014. Bloomsbury USA, $17.99. 9781619631328. Aria wields fire with her hand, but it's not natural. She'll do anything to gain the magic that will make her a star and save her family.