2005 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Top Ten List


Flake, Sharon. Who Am I Without Him? A Short Story Collection About Girls and the Boys in Their Lives.   $15.99. Hyperion, 2004. 0-7868-0693-1

Anything to get the guy.


Gottlieb, Andrew. In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them. $16.95. Hyperion, 2003.   0-7868-8868-7

Who sports what and why.


Heimberg, Jason and Justin Heimberg. The Official Movie Plot Generator: 27,000 Hilarious Movie Plot Combinations. $16.45. Brothers Heimberg Publishing, 2004. 0-9740439-1-5

“Single mom invades Poland with the ghost of Elvis” . . . and more.


Kenner, Rob and Pitts, George. VX: 10 Years of Vibe Photography. $40. Abrams/Vibe Books, 2003. 0-8109-4546-0

Hot hip hop icons and more.


Klancher, Lee. Monster Garage: How to Customize Damn Near Everything. $19.95. Motorbooks International/ MBI Publishing, 2003. 0-7603-1748-8

Small engine blocks and chrome plated springs are chick magnets.


Riley, Andy. The Book of Bunny Suicides. $10. Penguin/Plume, 2004. 0-452-28518-6

It’s not easy being fluffy


Shaw, Tucker. Confessions of a Backup Dancer. $8.99. Simon and Schuster/Aladdin, 2004. 0-689-87075-2

Celebrities uncensored.


Sleator, William. The Boy Who Couldn’t Die. $16.95. Abrams/Amulet, 2004. 0-81094-824-9

Is there a downside to living forever?


Takaya, Natsuki. Fruits Basket series. $9.99 ea. Tokyopop, 2004.

Volume 1 1-59182-603-9

Volume 2. 1-59182-604-7

Volume 3. 1-59182-605-5

Volume 4. 1-59182-606-3

Volume 5. 1-59182-607-1

What animal would you be?


Woods, Brenda. Emako Blue. $15.99. Penguin Putnam, 2004. 0-399-24006-3

“My friend, Emako Blue, was supposed to be a star.”