Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Bey, Dawoud. Class Pictures. 2007. Aperture, $45.00 (978-1-59711-043-3). Real Teenagers: their faces, their words, their lives.

Erskine,  Kathryn. Quaking. 2007. Penguin Group/ Philomel Books, $16.99 (978-0-399-24774-3). Goth girl + foster family = new life.

Greenfield, Lauren. Thin. 2006. Chronicle Books, $35.00 (978-0-8118-5633-1). Starving themselves to death.

Grody, Steve and James Prigoff. Graffiti L.A.: Street and Art. 2007. Abrams, $34.99 (978-0-8-1099-2986). L.A. tagged.

Hopkins, Ellen. Glass. 2007. Simon & Schuster/ Margaret K. McElderry Books, $16.99 (978-1-4169-4090-6). Kristina, craving the drug that brings her alive.

Jamal, Joesph. Tupac Shakur Legacy. 2006. Simon and Schuster/ Atria, $45.00 (978-0-7432-92603). An interactive, intimate look at the rapper’s life.

Shaw, Susan. Safe. 2007. Penguin Group/ Dutton, $16.99 (978-0-525-47829-4). Tracy: traumatized and learning to trust again.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. 2007. Simon and Schuster, $16.99 (978-1-4169-1204-0). Trying to keep from being sliced and diced.

Sitomer, Alan L. Homeboyz. Hyperion/ Jump at the Sun, $16.99 (978-1-4231-0030-0).  Bent on revenge after his sister is gunned down in a gang fight.

Thalia. Thalia: Belleza!: Lessons in Lipgloss and Happiness. 2007. Chronicle Books, $19.95 (978-0-8118-5829-8). Tips on fashion, beauty, and life from the Latina star.