For immediate release | January 27, 2012

YALSA names 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

DALLAS — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers booklist. The list is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The Quick Picks list suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.

The complete list of 117 titles, drawn from 227 nominations, can be found at The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee also selected a Top Ten list:

  • Aguirre, Ann. “Enclave.” Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2011.
  • Almerico, Kendall and Tess Hottenroth. Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant?…and Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask 'Who Would Google That? F + W Media/Adams Media, 2010.
  • Beever, Julian. “Pavement Chalk Artist: The Three-Dimensional Drawings of Julian Beever.” Firefly Books, 2010.
  • Booth, Coe. "Bronxwood.' Scholastic, Inc./Push,2011.
  • Dugard, Jaycee. "A Stolen Life: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster, 2011.
  • Elkeles, Simone. "Chain Reaction.” Walker and Company, 2011.
  • Haugen, Brenda. "The Zodiac Killer: Terror and Mystery." Capstone/Compass Point Books, 2010.
  • Patterson, James. "Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life." Illus. by Lara Park and Chris Tebbets. Little, Brown and Company, 2011.
  • Snider, Brandon. "D.C. Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide." DK, 2011.
  • TenNapel, Doug. "Ghostopolis." Scholastic Inc./Graphix, 2011.

“There is something here for everyone, from our struggling readers in middle school to the over-scheduled young adult looking for a really good read," said Chair Heather Gruenthal. "I am really proud of this year's committee for their work with teen groups from across the country and coming up with such a diverse list. Only on Quick Picks can you find zombies, superheroes, gangs, ghost hunters, murderers, monsters, goth girls, baby animals, gross facts, and sports heroes all in the same place.”

Members of the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee are: Heather Gruenthal, chair, Anaheim (Calif.) Union High School District,; Elsa Black, Phoenix Public Library; Tammy DiBartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, La.; Jamison Hedin, Ludlow (Mass.) High School; Becky Jackman, New Providence Middle School, Clarksville, Tenn.; Brenda Kilmer, Miami-Dade College, Florida; Stacy Lickteig, Omaha (Neb.) Public Schools; Ann Pechacek, Worthington (Ohio) Libraries; Sherry Rampey, Gaston, S.C.; Ellen Spring, Rockland (Maine) District Middle School; and Anita Buers, administrative assistant, Anaheim (Calif.) Union High School District.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Jaclyn Finneke

Marketing and Programs Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)