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April 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Quick Picks
Below, you will find the top 10 choices from the full list selected by the 2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). All titles were published in 2017 unless otherwise noted. For the complete list, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2018-top-ten-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers.
42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero. By Doreen Rappaport. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763676247).
An outstanding athlete with exceptional courage and restraint in the face of violent hatred, Jackie Robinson is a hero for all ages.
Dear Martin. By Nic Stone. Crown, $17.99 (9781101939499).
After Justyce is handcuffed when simply trying to help his girlfriend in a parking lot, he begins keeping a journal of sorts in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When a needless shooting takes the life of someone close to him, Justyce questions whether Martin’s visions of peace are possible. A 2018 Morris Award finalist and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
The Hate U Give. By Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, $17.99 (9780062498533).
Starr Carter must decide whether or not to testify in court when she witnesses a police officer shoot her friend. Her life as a black teen from a crime-heavy neighborhood and a student at a mostly white private school provide points of conflict. This is a timely exploration of racial bias and police brutality from a teen’s perspective. A 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a 2018 Printz Honor Book, the 2018 William C. Morris Award winner, and a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Long Way Down. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481438254).
The rules: don’t cry, don’t snitch . . . do get revenge. A 60-second elevator ride is a long way down for Will to decide if he should use the gun shoved into the back of his jeans to avenge his brother’s murder. A 2018 Newbery Honor Book, a 2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book, a 2018 Printz Honor Book, a 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and a 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man. By Jason Reynolds. Marvel, $17.99 (9781484787489).
Meet Miles Morales, a half black, half Puerto Rican high-school junior in Brooklyn, New York. Only his father and his best friend, Ganke, know the truth: Miles is Spider-Man. When his spidey-sense keeps going off during school, it may be time to suit up and take care of business.
One of Us Is Lying. By Karen McManus. Delacorte, $17.99 (9781524714680).
Five students enter detention, but only four come out. One is dead, and one is lying . . . but who?
Patina. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781481450188).
Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu are back on the track. This time, Patina narrates her story. Insight into her world shows the pressure she puts upon herself to come in first and to do everything she can for her family, because Patty “ain’t no junk.” A 2018 Notable Children’s Book.
Sandwiches! More Than You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America’s Favorite Food. By Alison Deering. Illus. by Bob Lentz. Capstone, $15.95 (9781623708160).
Easy-to-follow sandwich recipes, accompanied by fun facts, will make stomachs growl! From simple Level 1 “Plate and Knife” and Level 2 “Toaster and Microwave” on up to Level 5 “The Big Time,” young chefs of all skill levels will be satiated.
v.1. By Keith Giffen. Illus. by Howard Porter. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401267902).
In this gritty reimagining of Scooby Doo, we are introduced to dark new versions of the familiar Scooby gang as they battle a variety of monsters. It’s Scooby Doo meets Resident Evil.
Spill Zone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368).
Addison ventures into the Spill Zone, a toxic wasteland filled with frightening creatures, to obtain an item for a mysterious benefactor. Is Addison a pawn in a nefarious plot? Things are not what they seem in and around the Spill Zone. A 2018 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
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