Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selects 76 titles

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
For Immediate Release
January 30, 2007

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers selects 76 titles

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2007 annual recommended list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. The list was released during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, January 19-24, 2007.

Compiled by an 11-member committee, the 76 titles on the list were published late 2005 through 2006 and represent over 35 different publishers. Thirty of the titles are non-fiction and 46 are fiction.

The Quick Picks committee seeks books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure. The list is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. The list is not intended for teenagers with reading disabilities, though some of the selected titles may be appropriate for those teens. Teen input is a vital aspect in the final decision of the committee. Committee members spend countless hours reading, selecting books to nominate, and working one-on-one with reluctant readers to gauge their interest in the books.

Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers include:

Cohn, Rachel and Levithan, David. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. 2006. Random House/Alfred A. Knopf, $16.95. (ISBN-10, 0-375-83531-8; ISBN-13, 9780375835315).

Davidson, Dana. Played. 2005. Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, $16.99. (ISBN-10, 0-7868-3690-3; ISBN-13, 9780786836901).

de la Cruz, Melissa. Blue Bloods. 2006. Hyperion, $15.99. (ISBN-10, 0-7868-3892-2; ISBN-13, 9780786838929).

Giles, Gail. What Happened to Cass McBride. 2006. Little, Brown, $16.99. (ISBN-10, 0-316-16638-3; ISBN-13, 9780316166386).

Gruner, Jessica and Parker, Buzz. Emily the Strange: The Lost Issue. 2005. illus. Dark Horse, $7.95. (ISBN-10, 1-59307-429-8; ISBN-13, 9781593074296).

Saltz, Ina. Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh. 2006. illus. Abrams, $19.95. (ISBN-10, 0-8109-7050-3; ISBN-13, 9780810970502).

Seckel, Al. Optical Illusions: The Science of Visual Perception. 2006. illus. Firefly Books, $35.00. (ISBN-10, 1-55407-172-0; ISBN-13, 9781554071722).

Sniegoski, Tom. The Sleeper Conspiracy. 2006. Penguin/Razorbill, $6.99 ea.

Sleeper Code. (ISBN-10, 1-59514-052-2; ISBN-13, 9781595140524)

Sleeper Agenda. (ISBN-10, 1-59514-053-0; ISBN-13, 9781595140531)

van Diepen, Allison. Street Pharm. 2006. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $6.99. (ISBN-10, 1-4169-1154-5; ISBN-13, 9781416911548).

Warren, Frank. PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives. 2006. illus. HarperCollins/Regan Books, $24.95. (ISBN-10, 0-06-089919-6; ISBN-13, 9780060899196).

Members of the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee are: Sarah Couri, chair, New York Public Library; Josephine G. Caisse, Deschutes (Ore.) Public Library; Stacy L. Creel-Chavez, St. John’s University (New York); Debbie S. Fisher, Central Falls High School (R.I.); Katherine H. Fitch, Rachel Carson Middle School (Va.); Susan Y. Geye, Crowley Independent School District (Texas); Sara Catherine Howard, Sam Houston State University (Texas); Teri S. Lesesne, Sam Houston State University (Texas); H. Jack Martin, New York Public Library; Joy E. Millam, Valencia High School (Calif.); Rollie Welch, Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library; administrative assistant Jamie Watson, Harford County (Md.) Public Library.

Booklist will publish the Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers with annotations in the March 1 issue.

The full list is available at www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. An annotated list will be available on the YALSA For Members Only Web site.

For 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audiobooks for teens. For more information about these awards or for additional lists of recommended reading, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. For more information about YALSA, please contact us via e-mail, yalsa@ala.org; or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4390.