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January 1&15, 2017 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 between late 2002 through 2003, were selected by the 11-member committee with invaluable input from young reluctant readers across the country. Each year the committee selects the top 10 from the final list; these titles are identified with a star (*) in the list below.
*Ashanti. Foolish/Unfoolish: Reflections on Love. 2002. Hyperion, $16.95 (1-4013-0030-8).
Ashanti’s poetry: “I used to do a lot of crazy things for love.”
Beatty, Scott. JLA: The Ultimate Guide to the Justice League of America. 2002. illus. DK, $19.99 (0-7894-8893-0).
The defenders of justice explained.
Bendis, Brian Michael. Ultimate Spider-Man: Vol. 2. 2003. illus. Marvel, $29.99 (0-785-11061-5).
Further adventures of the webbed slinger.
Bonnell, Jennifer. D. I. Y. Girl: The Real Girl’s Guide to Making Everything from Lip Gloss to Lamps. 2003. illus. Putnam, paper, $12.99 (0-14-250048-8).
Dismembered Barbie jewelry box, anyone?
*Boards: The Art and Design of the Skateboard. 2003. illus. Universe, paper, $18.95 (0-7893-0977-7).
Christe, Ian. Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. 2003. HarperCollins, $24.95 (0-06-052362-X).
Collier-Thompson, Kristi. The Girls’ Guide to Dreams. 2003. illus. Sterling, paper, $12.95 (1-4027-0032-6).
Are we keeping you up?
Crime Scene: The Ultimate Guide to Forensic Science. 2003. illus. DK, $25 (0-7894-8891-4).
From profiling to postmortems.
DeFalco, Tom. The Hulk: The Incredible Guide. 2003. DK, $24.99 (0-7894-9260-1).
You thought you knew it all. . .
Edut, Tali. Astrostyle: Star-studded Advice for Love, Life, and Looking Good. 2003. Simon & Schuster/Fireside, $12 (0-7432-4985-2).
Hey, Baby. What’s your sign?
Fricke, Jim. Yes, Yes Y’all: The Experience Music Project Oral History of Hip-Hop’s First Decade. 2002. Da Capo, $35 (0-306-84484-7).
Fulghum, Hunter. Don’t Try This at Home: How to Win a Sumo Match, Catch a Great White Shark, Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats (For Ordinary People). 2002. Broadway, paper, $14 (0-7679-1159-8).
A how-to for everything you shouldn’t do.
Gregory, Leland. Hey, Idiot!: Chronicles of Human Stupidity. 2003. Andrews McMeel, paper, $9.95 (0-7407-3902-6).
How dumb can you get?
Gregory, Leland. Stupid Crook Book. 2002. Andrews McMeel, paper, $9.95 (0-7407-2694-3).
No wonder they got caught.
Groening, Matt. Simpsons Comics: Madness. 2003. illus. HarperPerennial, paper, $14.95 (0-06-053061-8).
Hart, Christopher. Manga Mania Fantasy Worlds: How to Draw the Enchanted Worlds of Japanese Comics. 2003. illus. Watson-Guptill, $19.95 (0-823-02972-7).
Draw new worlds!
Hart, Christopher. Manga Mania Villians: How to Draw the Super Villians of Manga and Anime. 2003. illus. Watson-Guptill, $19.95 (0-823-02971-9).
How to Hold a Crocodile. 2003. illus. Firefly, $19.95 (1-55297-805-2).
Do almost everything.
Huebner, Mark. Sports Bloopers: All-star Flubs and Fumbles. 2003. illus. Firefly, paper, $19.95 (1-55297-627-0).
Streaking, pantsing, and wedgies!
Japanese Comickers: Draw Anime and Manga Like Japan’s Hottest Artist. 2003. illus. HarperCollins/Harper Design International, paper, $24.95 (0-06-051355-1).
Draw like the pros!
Kleh, Cindy. Snowboarding Skills: The Back-to-Basics Essentials for All Levels. 2002. Firefly, $16.95 (1-55297-626-2).
Carve past the competition.
Koon, Jeff and Powell, Andy. Wearing of This Garment Does Not Enable You to Fly: 101 Real Dumb Warning Labels. 2003. illus. Free Press, $12.95 (0-7432-4475-3).
And do not use this book as a flotation device.
Levy, Joel. Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things. 2002. illus. Firefly, $39.95 (1-55297-623-8).
Bet you didn’t know.
*Macdonald, Andy. Dropping in with Andy Mac: Life of a Pro Skateboarder. 2003. Simon & Schuster/Pulse, paper, $9.99 (0-689-85784-5).
From Big Wheels to half pipes: the world of Andy Mac.
Malone, Bonz. Hip-Hop Immortals: v.1, The Remix. 2003. illus. Avalon, $39.95 (1-56025-518-8).
Old and new in full color.
Milano, Selene. Unforgettable Color: Revlon Makeup with Confidence. 2003. illus. Firefly, paper, $24.95 (1-55297-670-X).
The experts show you how.
Mirra, Dave. Mirra Images: The Story of My Life. 2003. illus. HarperCollins, $15.95 (0-06-098916-5).
Montano, Mark. Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls. 2002. Universe $17.95 (0-7893-0811-8).
Easy decorating on the cheap.
Morse, Jennifer Corr. Scholastic Book of World Records 2004. 2003. Scholastic/Scholastic Reference, paper, $9.95 (0-439-54250-2).
Biggest, fastest, most, least.
MX: The Way of the MotoCrosser. 2003. illus. Abrams, $29.95 (0-8109-4272-0).
Roger DeCoster to James Stewart.
Paint Me Like I Am: Teen Poems from WritersCorps. 2003. HarperTempest, paper, $6.99 (0-06-447264-7).
Tells it like it is.
Payment, Simone. Navy SEALs: Special Operations for the U.S. Navy. 2003. illus. Rosen, $26.50 (0-8239-3809-3).
Do you have what it takes?
*Platt, Larry. Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson. 2002. Regan $25.95 (0-06-009773-6).
Bubbachuck, the answer, AI-who is the real Allen Iverson?
Roeper, Richard. Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character Is Doomed and Other Surprising Movie Lists. 2003. Hyperion, paper, $14 (0-7868-8830-X).
Is your favorite here?
*Schiff, Nancy Rica. Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations. 2002. Ten Speed, $16.95 (1-58008-457-5).
People get PAID for this??
*Seate, Mike. Jesse James: The Man and His Machines. 2003. MBI, $24.95 (0-7603-1614-7).
Custom choppers: big toys for big boys.
Shaw, Tucker. “What’s That Smell?” (Oh It’s Me): 50 Mortifying Situations and How to Deal. 2003. Alloy/17th Street Productions, paper, $7.99 (0-14-250011-9).
You never thought it would happen to you.
Shields, Genie. Fairie-ality: The Fashion Collection from the House of Ellwand. 2002. Candlewick, paper, $40 (0-7636-1413-0).
En vogue Tinkerbell.
Simpson, Jessica. Jessica Simpson I Do: Achieving Your Dream Wedding. 2003. NVU/Innerworkings, $29.95 (0-9724-5753-4).
Before she was a newlywed.
Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation. 2003. illus. Sourcebooks/Media Fusion, $24.95 (1-4022-0037-4).
Anyone can slam.
Tattoo Nation: Portraits of Celebrity Body Art. 2002. illus. Little, Brown/Bulfinch, $35 (0-8212-2781-5).
Stars show skin.
Traig, Jennifer. Makeup: Things to Make and Do. 2003. illus. Chronicle, $12.95 (0-8118-3679-7).
Melt, mix, and make your self up.
Tupac: Resurrection 1971-1996. 2003. Atria, $29.95 (0-7434-7434-1).
Wood, Nick. 360× New York. 2003. illus. Abrams, $24.95 (0-8109-4624-6).
Big city panorama.
Asai, Carrie. Samurai Girl series. 2003. Ea. vol: Simon & Schuster/Pulse, paper, $6.99.
The Book of the Shadow. (0-689-85949-X).
The Book of the Sword. (0-689-85948-1).
In this paperback series, Heaven must become a ninja or die
Brian, Kate. The Princess and the Pauper. 2003. Simon & Schuster, $14.95 (0-689-86173-7).
Rich girl, poor girl, who’s got it best.
Cabot, Meggin. The Boy Next Door. 2002. Avon, $13.95 (0-06-009619-5).
The Princess Diaries meets Sex and the City.
Chandler, Elizabeth. Dark Secrets: The Deep End of Fear. 2003. Simon & Schuster, paper, $4.99 (0-689-85259-2).
Kate finds the past might be better left buried.
Clarke, Miranda. Night of a Thousand Boyfriends. 2003. Quirk, $7.95 (1-931686-35-1).
You decide how your night will end.
Dean, Zoey. The A-List. 2003. Little, Brown, $8.99 (0-316-7345-7)
West Coast Gossip Girls.
Flake, Sharon. Begging for Change. 2003. Hyperion, $15.99 (0-7868-0601-X).
Raspberry needs cash. Who has some?
*Giles, Gail. Dead Girl’s Don’t Write Letters. 2003. Roaring Brook, $15.95 (0-7613-1727-9).
Sunny’s sister is dead-so who wrote the letter?
Halliday, John. Shooting Monarchs. 2003. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $15.95 (0689-84338-0).
A serial killer, an outcast, and an unexpected ending.
Halvorson, Marilyn. Bull Rider. 2003. Orca, $7.95 (1-55143-233-1).
Can Layne survive what killed his father?
Hopkins, Cathy. Mates, Dates series. Ea. vol: Simon & Schuster/Pulse, paper, $4.99.
Mates, Dates, and Designer Divas. (0-689-85546-X).
Mates, Dates, and Cosmic Kisses. (0-689-85545-1).
Mates, Dates, and Inflatable Bras. (0-689-85544-3).
Guys, girls, and a new series from across the pond.
*Horowitz, Cathy. Skeleton Key: An Alex Rider Adventure. 2003. Putnam, $16.99 (0-399-23777-1).
Can Alex Rider save the world-again?
*Johnson, Angela. The First Part Last. 2003. Simon & Schuster, $15.95 (0-689-84922-2).
Can Bobby raise his daughter on his own?
Kyi, Tanya Lloyd. Truth. 2003. Orca, $9.95 (1-55143-265-X).
Should Jen keep a shocking murder secret?
Levithan, David. Boy Meets Boy. 2003. Random, $15.95 (0-375-82400-6).
Biker cheerleaders, a drag queen, quarterback. . . is this the school for you?
Little, Jason. Shutterbug Follies. 2002. illus. Doubleday, $24.95 (0-385-50346-6).
Bee tracks down a grisly murderer in this edgy graphic novel.
Marz, Ron. The Path: Crisis of Faith. 2003. illus. CrossGen, $19.95 (1-931484-32-5).
Samurai warriors, vengeful gods, and invading hordes.
McDonald, Janet. Twists and Turns. 2003. Farrar, $18.95 (0-374-39955-7).
Two sisters and their hip-hop hair salon.
McNamee, Graham. Acceleration. 2003. Random, $15.95 (0-385-73119-1).
“It’s like the Hardy boys meet Hannibal Lecter.”
Nixon, Joan. Nightmare. 2003. Random, $15.95 (0-385-73026-8).
What if your worst nightmare was real?
Peretti, Frank. Nightmare Academy (Veritas Project, No. 2). 2003. Tommy Nelson, $16.99 (0-8499-7617-0).
The dress code here is the least of your worries.
Rees, Douglas. Vampire High. 2003. Delacorte, $15.95 (0-385-73117-5).
This school really sucks!
Rylant, Cynthia. God Went to Beauty School. 2003. HarperTempest, $15.99 (0-06-009433-8).
These poems ask, What if God was one of us?
Schreiber, Ellen. Vampire Kisses. 2003. HarperCollins, $15.99 (0-06-009334-X).
Careful what you wish for.
Soto, Gary. The Afterlife. 2003. Harcourt, $16 (0-15-204774-3).
You live, you’re murdered, your life begins.
Springer, Nancy. Blood Trail. 2003. Holiday, $16.95 (0-8234-1723-9).
Even if he lies the blood trail won’t.
Stine, R. L. Dangerous Girls. 2003. HarperCollins, $13.99 (0-06-053080-4).
Destiny is always thirsty-for blood.
*Truman, Terry. Inside Out. 2003. HarperTempest, $15.99 (0-06-623962-1).
Alan’s got a gun, Dirt Bag’s not real, who is more dangerous?
Willingham, Bill. Animal Farm: Fables 2. 2003. illus. Vertigo, paper, $12.95 (1-4012-0077-X).
Fairy tales are not for children anymore.
Willingham, Bill. Legends in Exile: Fables 1. 2003. illus. Vertigo, paper, $9.95 (1-56389-942-6).
“No more happily ever after.”
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