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July 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
This list comprises books that will attract teens who, for whatever reason, have been reluctant to read. The 79 titles, all published from late 1999 through 2000, were selected by the 11-member committee with invaluable input from young adult reluctant readers across the country.
Adoff, Arnold. The Basket Counts. illus. Simon & Schuster, $17 (0-689-80108-4).
Anderson, Joan. Rookie: Tamika Whitmore’s First Year in the WNBA. illus. Dutton, $16.99 (0-525-4612-3); Puffin, paper, $7.99 (0-14-056740-2).
How does a rookie survive her first year as a pro?
Baseball’s Best Shots: The Greatest Baseball Photography of All Time. illus. DK, $30 (0-7894-6119-6).
The greatest players in action.
Bressler, Karen W. and Redstone, Susan. D.I.Y. Beauty. illus. Penguin/Puffin/Alloy, paper, $5.99 (0-14-130918-0).
Tips and secrets from teens and celebrities.
Brous, Elizabeth. How to Be Gorgeous: The Ultimate Beauty Guide to Hair, Makeup and More. illus. HarperCollins/Trophy, paper, $14.95 (0-06-440871-X).
Seventeen magazine tells you everything you need to know.
Brown, Bobbi and Iverson, Annemarie. Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Know to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy & Awesome. illus. HarperCollins/Cliff Street, $25 (0-06-019636-X).
Zits to braces, thin to big, tall to short, you’ll find your style with this book.
Csillag, Andre. Backstreet Boys: The Official Book. illus. Delacorte, $14.95 (0-385-32800-1).
The Boys are back.
Donkin, Andrew. The Truly Tasteless Scratch & Sniff Book. illus. DK, $9.95 (0-7894-6514-0).
Vomit, farts, bad breath . . .
Dougall, Alastair. James Bond: The Secret World of 007. illus. DK, $19.95 (0-7894-6691-0).
Bond . . . James Bond.
Drill, Esther and others. Deal with It! A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a GURL. illus. Pocket, paper, $15 (0-671-04157-6).
Everything a girl needs to know.
Ellis, Warren. StormWatch: Force of Nature. illus. DC Comics, paper, $14.95 (1-56389-646-X).
Storm Watch enforce their own brand of justice.
Escher, M. C. and Locher, J. L. The Magic of M. C. Escher. illus. Abrams, $39.95 (0-8109-6720-0).
Illusion is better than reality.
Gottlieb, Lori. Stick Figure: A Diary of My Former Self. Simon & Schuster, $22 (0-684-86358-8).
“I mean, what are girls supposed to wish for, other than being thin?”
Greenberg, Gary. Pop-up Book of Phobias. illus. Morrow/Rob Weisbach, $24.95 (0-688-17195-8).
What are YOU afraid of?
Hawk, Tony and Mortimer, Sean. Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder. illus. Harper Collins, $23 (0-06-019860-5).
You’ve seen him skate; you’ve played his game; now read his book.
Hayhurst, Chris. Bicycle Stunt Riding: Catch Air! illus. Rosen, lib. ed., $19.95 (0-8239-3011-4).
Hayhurst, Chris. Mountain Biking: Get on the Trail! illus. Rosen, lib. ed., $19.95 (0-8239-3013-0).
Strap on your brain bucket and watch out for death cookies!
Hughes, Dave and Harrigan, Matt. MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch Companion. illus. Rizzoli/Universe, paper, $22.50 (0-7893-0503-8).
What’s YOUR favorite Deathmatch?
Irwin, Cati. Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won . . . and How You Can, Too. illus. Times, paper, $14 (0-8129-3247-1).
Tame the beast.
Johns, Michael-Anne. Cool in School. illus. Scholastic, paper, $3.99 (0-439-18848-2).
Before they were stars.
Kirberger, Kimberly. Teen Love: On Relationships, a Book for Teenagers. illus. Health Communications, paper, $12.95 (1-55874-734-6).
Love is not as easy as it looks.
Manarino, Melanie. The Boyfriend Clinic: The Final Word on Flirting, Dating, Guys and Love. illus. HarperCollins/Trophy, paper, $6.95 (0-06-447235-3).
FAQs about guys.
Moore, Alan. Tom Strong, Book 1. illus. DC Comics, $24.95 (1-56389-654-0).
In his first adventure, Tom Strong takes on the villains of the world.
Morgenstern, Mindy. Real Rules for Girls. illus. Girl Press, $14.95 (0-96597-545-2).
“Your first boyfriend should be like the first pancake. Just a tester to see if the griddle is hot enough.”
Morrison, Grant. JLA: Earth 2. illus. D.C. Comics, paper, $24.95 (1-56389-575-7).
JLA vs. the Crime Syndicate of Amerika.
Owen, David. Hidden Evidence: 40 True Crime Stories and How Forensic Science Helped to Solve Them. illus. Firefly, paper, $24.95 (1-55209-483-9).
Dead bodies speak.
Packer, Alex. Highs! Over 150 Ways to Feel Really, Really Good . . . without Alcohol or Other Drugs. illus. Free Spirit, paper, $14.95 (1-57542-074-0).
Pick your high.
The Pain Tree and Other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry. Ed. by Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd. Houghton, $16 (0-618-01558-2).
Patnaik, Gayatri and Shinseki, Michelle T. The Secret Life of Teens: Young People Speak Out about Their Lives. HarperSanFrancisco, paper, $12.95 (0-688-17076-5).
Your words . . . honest, sassy, and shocking.
Piven, Joshua and Borgenicht, David. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. illus. Chronicle, paper, $14.95 (0-8118-2555-8).
Quicksand, sharks . . . Hope you never need this book!
Pollett, Alison. MTV’s the Real World New Orleans: Unmasked. illus. Pocket/MTV, paper, $16 (0-7434-1127-7).
Catch up with the cast.
Roberts, Jeremy. Rock and Ice Climbing! Top the Tower illus. Rosen, lib. ed., $19.95 (0-8239-3009-2).
Extreme danger ahead.
The Rock and Leyden, Joe. The Rock Says. illus. HarperCollins/Regan, $26 (0-06-039298-3); paper, $7.99 (0-06-103116-X).
If you smell what the Rock is cookin’, then know your role—read this book!
Ryder, Bob and Scherer, Dave. WCW: The Ultimate Guide. illus. DK, $19.95 (0-7894-6673-2).
Who’s your favorite wrestler?
Savas, Georgia Routsis. Total Astrology: What the Stars Say about Life and Love. illus. HarperCollins/Trophy, paper, $5.95 (0-06-440872-8).
Discover your destiny.
Schreibman, Tamar. Kissing: The Complete Guide. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin, paper, $3.99 (0-689-83329-6).
Quick! Kiss me!
Seckel, Al. The Art of Optical Illusions. illus. Carlton, paper, $18.95 (1-84222-054-3).
What is real?
Shakur, Tupac. The Rose That Grew from Concrete. Simon & Schuster, $20 (0-671-02844-8).
Tupac’s thoughts and dreams.
Shaw, Tucker. Dreams: Explore the You That You Can’t Control. illus. Penguin/Puffin/Alloy, paper, $5.99 (0-14-130920-2).
Shaw, Tucker and Gibb, Fiona. . . . Any Advice? illus. Penguin/Puffin/Alloy, paper, $5.99 (0-14-130921-0).
Tarbox, Catherine. Katie.com: My Story. Dutton, $19.95 (0-525-94543-1).
What will happen when Katie comes face to face with her chat-room guy?
This Book Really Sucks. illus. Planet Dexter, $12.99 (0-448-44075-X).
Von Ziegesar, Cecily. SLAM. illus. Penguin/Puffin/Alloy, paper, $5.99 (0-14-130919-9).
Wilcox, Charlotte. Mummies, Bones & Body Parts. illus. Carolrhoda, lib. ed., $25 (1-57505-428-0); paper, $7.95 (1-57505-486-8).
Unwrap the mystery.
Winick, Judd. Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned. illus. Holt, paper, $15 (0-8050-6403-6).
The Real World, real life, real loss.
You Hear Me? Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys. Ed. by Betsy Franco. Candlewick, $14.99 (0-7636-1158-1).
Real guys, real words.
Alphin, Elaine Marie. Counterfeit Son. Harcourt, $17 (0-15-202645-2).
Will the real Neil Lacey please stand up?
Appelt, Kathi. Kissing Tennessee and Other Stories from the Stardust Dance. Harcourt, $15 (0-15-202249-X).
Take a deep breath and dance.
Atkins, Catherine. When Jeff Comes Home. Putnam, $17.99 (0-399-23366-0).
Jeff is home after being kidnapped, but the fear hasn’t stopped.
Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Demon in My View. Delacorte, $9.95 (0-385-32720-X).
When you know too much about vampires, they might just have to kill you.
Bauer, Cat. Harley, like a Person. Winslow, $16.95 (1-890817-48-1); paper, $6.95 (1-890817-49-X); E-book, $6.95 (1-890817-34-1).
All Harley wants is the truth: Who are my parents?
Bennett, Cherie. Love Him Forever. Avon, paper, $4.50 (0-380-80124-8).
This is the first time they’ve fallen in love . . . in this life.
Bo, Ben. The Edge. Lerner/LernerSports, $14.95 (0-8225-3307-3).
Snowboarding is not the only way Declan lives on the edge.
Bo, Ben. Skullcrack. Lerner/LernerSports, $14.95 (0-8225-3308-1).
Jonah was born to ride the storm.
Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. HarperCollins, $15.95 (0-380-97848-2); lib. ed., $15.89 (0-06-029210-5).
Why should a princess need to worry about geometry?
Danziger, Paula and Martin, Ann M. Snail Mail No More. Scholastic, $16.95 (0-439-06335-3).
Can Tara and Elizabeth stay best friends online?
Ewing, Lynne. Daughter of the Moon. Ea. vol., Hyperion, paper, $9.99, v.1: Goddess of the Night (0-7868-0653-2); v.2: Into the Cold Fire (0-7868-0654-0).
Supernatural powers protect these goddesses.
Frank, E. R. Life Is Funny. DK Ink, $17.95 (0-789-42634-X).
Tears and heartache; pain and surprise.
Golden, Christopher. Meets the Eye. Pocket, paper, $4.99 (0-671-03495-2).
Are there zombies on campus?
Groening, Matt. Simpson’s Comics a-Go-Go. illus. HarperPerennial, $11.95 (0-06-095566-X).
More warped tales of life in Springfield.
Herrera, Juan Felipe. Crashboomlove. Univ. of New Mexico, $18.95 (0-8263-2114-3).
Love . . . don’t know how it started or how it will end.
Jett, Sarah. Night of the Pompon. Pocket/Archway, paper, $4.99 (0-671-78633-4).
This is no ordinary pompon.
Koss, Amy Goldman. The Girls. Dial, $16.99 (0-8037-2494-2).
Who’s “in” and who’s “out”?
Logue, Mary. Dancing with an Alien. HarperCollins, $14.95 (0-06-028318-1); lib. ed., $14.89 (0-06-028319-X).
Branko’s mission: a female for breeding.
Mackler, Carolyn. Love and Other Four-Letter Words. Delacorte, $14.95 (0-385-32743-9).
Mom’s starting over; do I have to also?
McCormick, Patricia. Cut. Front Street, $16.95 (1-886910-61-8).
Why is Callie a cutter?
Myers, Walter Dean. 145th Street: Short Stories. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-32137-6).
The people, the place.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Jade Green: A Ghost Story. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $16 (0-689-82005-4).
Give the ghost a hand.
Pascal, Francine. Fearless, v.1. Pocket, paper, $5.99 (0-671-03941-5).
Life is lonely when you have no fear.
Peters, Julie Anne. Define “Normal.” Little, Brown, $14.95 (0-316-70631-0).
Who is peer counseling for anyway?
Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. HarperCollins, $15.89 (0-06-028814-0); lib. ed., $15.89 (0-06-028871-X).
Fabitty fab fab. A 2001 Printz Honor Book.
Singleton, L. J. Regeneration series. Ea. vol., Putnam/Berkley, paper, $4.50, v.1: Regeneration (0-425-17302-X); v.2: The Search (0-425-17368-X); v.3: The Truth (0-425-17415-8).
Clones on the run.
Smith, Charles R. Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams. illus. Dutton, $16.99 (0-525-46172-8).
Stratton, Allan. Leslie’s Journal. Annick; dist. by Firefly, $19.95 (1-55037-665-9); paper, $8.95 (1-55037-664-0).
Being Jason’s girlfriend is all a girl could dream for . . . or is it?
Sweeeney, Joyce. Players. Winslow, $16.95 (1-890817-54-6).
Evil threatens to destroy the team.
Treacherous Love: The Diary of an Anonymous Teenager. Ed. by Beatrice Sparks. Morrow/Avon, paper, $4.99 (0-380-80862-5).
Jamie’s substitute teacher becomes her friend . . . and then even more.
Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral. HarperCollins, $14.95 (0-06-028519-2); $14.89 (0-06-028518-4).
Will Shawn’s father love him to death? A 2000 Printz Honor Book.
Girls, guys . . . seventeen!
Wallace, Rich. Playing without the Ball. Knopf, $15.95 (0-679-88672-9); lib. ed., $14.89 (0-679-98672-3).
Can Jay survive on his own?
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2001, committee members: John Sexton, chair, Ashland (OR) Branch Library; Linda W. Braun, LEO: Librarians & Educators Online (ME); Lora Bruggeman, Downers Grove (IL) Public Library; Tammy Daubner, Perrysburg (OH); Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie (WI) High School; Caryl McKellar, Alachua County (FL) Library District; Melanie Rapp Weiss, Cuyahoga County (OH) Library; Victor Schill, Fairbanks Branch Library (TX); Kimberley Sharpe, Brooklyn (NY) Public Library; Henrietta M. Smith, Univ. of South Florida; Cheryl Karp Ward, Penney Alumni Library East Hartford (CT) High School; Mary Long, administrative assistant, Wilson Middle School (TX); Gillian Engberg, consultant, Booklist, Chicago, IL.
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