Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

About the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
The list is for young adults (ages 12-18) who, for whatever reasons, do not like to read. The purpose of this list is to identify titles for recreational reading, not for curricular or remedial use.

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2013 Selection(s)

All My Friends are Still Dead

Author: Monsen, Avery; John, Jory. Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2012.

Being extinct is hard.

Dead To You

Author: McMann, Lisa. Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division/Simon Pulse, 2012.

After being kidnapped years earlier, Ethan struggles to find his place.

Olympians: Hades: Lord of the Dead.

Author: O'Connor, George. Publisher: Roaring Book Press/First Second, 2012.

Hades and Kore can’t handle their personal problems.

Pushing the Limits

Author: McGarry, Katie. Publisher: Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, 2012.

Is Noah the boy to show Echo how to love again?

Red Heart Tattoo

Author: McDaniel, Lurlene. Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012.

A bomb explodes in a high school.  Who is to blame?


Author: Patrick, Cat. Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Cats aren’t the only ones with nine lives.  Daisy’s on her fifth.


Authors: Price, Lissa. Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012.

In order to survive in a future world, Callie allows old people to inhabit her body.


Author: Morel, Alex. Publisher: Razorbill, 2012.

Jane’s suicide plan is ruined when her plane crashes.


Author: McNeil, Gretchen. Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2012.

Someone’s killing them, one by one.

This is Not a Drill

Author: McDowell, Beck. Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012.

A class held hostage by a gunman.