2013 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

In addition to the full list of titles, the Quick Picks committee selected the following as its top ten.

  • Backderf, Derf. My Friend Dahmer. Illus., Abrams/Abrams ComicArts, 2012, 978-1419702167, $24.95.

    Meet Jeffrey Dahmer before he became a serial killer.

  • Henry, April. The Night She Disappeared. Henry Holt Books for Young Readers /Christy Ottaviano Books, 2012, 978-0805092622, $16.99.

    When Kayla is sent out to deliver the pizzas, she never returns. . .

  • Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 978-0316125840, $17.99.

    Just because your father a notorious serial killer, doesn’t mean you’re one too, does it?

  • Lynch, Chris. Vietnam. Series.

    Vietnam #1: I Pledge Allegiance Scholastic Press, 2011, 978-0545270298, $16.99.

    Morris pledges to keep his friends safe in the war zone, but can he save himself?

    Vietnam #2: Sharpshooter Scholastic Press, 2012, 978-0545270267, $16.99.

    Ivan was made for war.

    Vietnam #3: Free-Fire Zone Scholastic Press, 2012, 978-0545270250, $16.99.

    Rudi will never be the same.

  • McNeil, Gretchen. Ten. Balzer + Bray, 2012, 978-0062118783, $17.99.

    Someone’s killing them, one by one.

  • Rodriguez, Gaby; Glatzer, Jenna. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster Inc./Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012, 978-1442446229, $17.99.

    Memoir of a faked pregnancy.

  • Ross, Richard. Juvenile in Justice. Illus., Richard Ross, 2012, 978-0985510602, $29.95.

    Inside juvie.

  • Summers, Courtney. This is Not a Test. Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012, 978-0312656744, $9.99.

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

  • Tillit, L.B. Unchained. Saddleback Publishing/Gravel Road, 2012, 978-1616517922, $9.95.

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

  • Woodson, Jacqueline. Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy. Penguin Group (USA) Inc./Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012, 978-0399252501, $16.99.

    Laurel’s heartbreak triggers her downward spiral into destruction.