2006 Top Ten Quick Picks

50 Cent. From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon a Time in Southside, Queens. 0-7434-8644-7. Getting rich, dealing drugs, and trying not to die. Street life in 50 Cent’s words.

Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1. Viz, 2005. 1-59116-920-8.

Volume 2. Viz, 2005. 1-59116-923-2.

Volume 3. Viz, 2005. 1-59116-925-9.

Volume 4. Viz, 2005. 1-59116-929-1.

Fullmetal trouble: Meet Cartoon Network stars Edward and Alphonse, piecing their lives and their bodies back together.

Benton, Jim. It’s Happy Bunny: Life. Get One. Scholastic, 2005. 0-439-69346-2. “Always remember, your enemies are just friends that really, really bite.” Snarky philosophy from Happy Bunny.

De la Pena, Matt. Ball Don’t Lie. Delacorte, 2005. 0-385-73232-5. When playing the game, come strong or don’t come at all. Sticky Reichard rules the basketball court in this gritty novel.

Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. Little Brown, 2005. 0-316-16017-2. Bella’s attraction to Edward does not diminish even when he admits to being a vampire.

Oh, Minya. Bling Bling: Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels. Wenner Books, 2005. 1-932958-02-9. Diamonds (and gold and platinum) are a rapper’s best friend. Hundreds of color pictures and uncensored interviews that show surprising depth.

Perel, David. Bat Boy Lives! The Weekly World News Guide to politics, culture, celebrities, alien abductions, and the mutant freaks that shape our world. Sterling, 2005. 1-4027-2823-9. The twisted world of tabloid news, from the checkout line to you.

Shan, Darren. Lord Loss. Little, Brown, 2005. 0-316-11499-5.. Blood and gore, we want more! Werewolves, demons and a death-defying chess match.

Volponi, Paul. Black and White. Penguin Viking, 2005. 0-670-06006-2. Marcus and Eddie, aka Black and White: who takes the rap when your best friend pulls the trigger?

Whyman, Matt. Boy Kills Man. Harper Tempest, 2005. 0-06-074664-5. 12-year old assassins trapped in a Colombian drug lord’s war.