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)


Author: TenNapel, Doug. Publisher: GRAPHIX, 2012.

A cardboard box is a terrible birthday present until it comes to life.

Dawn Patrol

Author: Ross, Jeff. Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2012.

Will Luca and Esme find Kevin in the waves of Panama?

Forced Out

Author: Fehler, Gene. Series: Travel Team. Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group, Inc/Darby Creek, 2012.

Zack wonders why the new kid on the team is getting special treatment.


Author: Ryan, Amy Kathleen. Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin's Griffin, 2011.

They left Earth to colonize a new planet, but things have gone wrong.

My Sister's Stalker

Author: Springer, Nancy. Publisher: Holiday House, 2012.

Are the pictures of his sister from a secret admirer or a stalker?

This is Not a Test

Author: Summers, Courtney. Publisher: Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012.

Six teens are trapped inside a school during the zombie apocalypse.


Author: Tillit, L.B. Publisher: Saddleback Publishing/Gravel Road, 2012.

Born into a family of drug addicts, TJ finds himself struggling to stay alive.

Way to Go

Author: Ryan, Tom. Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2012.

Wild child, Lisa, helps Danny come to terms with his love of men and cooking


Author: Shan, Darren. Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Who is the bigger monster-Dad or the zombies?

Zombies Hate Stuff

Author: Stones, Greg. Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2012.

Get to know the likes, loves and dislikes of your favorite undead friends.