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Below, you will find the top 10 choices from the full list selected by the 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). All titles were published in 2018 unless otherwise noted. For the complete list, visit http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2019-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers.
#MurderTrending. By Gretchen McNeil. Disney/Freeform, $17.99 (9781368010023).
In the near future, the prison system has been replaced with a reality TV show—Alcatraz 2.0—that features staged executions of convicted murderers. Dee Guerrera becomes a sensation by accidentally killing one of the executioners, but how long can she survive?
Amal Unbound. By Aisha Saeed. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399544682).
Amal’s dream of becoming a teacher in her small Pakistani village vanishes when she is forced to become an indentured servant to the powerful Khan family to pay off her own family’s debt. A 2019 Notable Children’s Book and a 2019 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book.
Animal Zombies! And Other Blood-Sucking Beasts, Creepy Creatures, and Real-Life Monsters. By Chana Stiefel. National Geographic, $14.99 (9781426331497).
Eye-popping photographs amp up the creepy factor in this fact book of strange and dangerous animals.
Game Changer. By Tommy Greenwald. Abrams/Amulet, $16.99 (9781419731433).
Teddy Youngblood is one of the most talented incoming freshman football players on the team. After an accident at practice lands Teddy in a coma, his family must fight to figure out what really happened.
Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction. By Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, $24.99 (9780545902472).
Beloved graphic-novel-creator Krosoczka tells the story of his childhood growing up with a mother addicted to heroin and how his grandparents’ support of his passion for art helped him survive. A 2019 Notable Children’s Book, a 2019 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens, and a 2019 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist.
The Poet X. By Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062662804).
Xiomara secretly creates poetry to explore her shifting relationship with her Dominican immigrant parents, her religion, her body, and her chemistry-lab partner and crush, Aman. A 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults, a 2019 Notable Children’s Book, a 2019 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book, the 2019 Pura Belpré Author Award winner, and the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award winner.
The Prince and the Dressmaker. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author. First Second, $24.99 (9781626723634).
Frances, a talented young dressmaker, is given the chance to be the prince’s personal seamstress. What she doesn’t expect is what type of clothing Prince Sebastian will request. A 2019 Notable Children’s Book.
Sadie. By Courtney Summers. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, $17.99 (9781250105714).
After the brutal murder of her little sister, Mattie, Sadie will stop at nothing to track down the man responsible and bring him to justice. A 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults.
Speak: The Graphic Novel. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll. Farrar, $19.99 (9780374300289).
An incident at an end-of-summer party leaves Melinda speechless, an outcast, struggling to confront her torment while navigating the pressures of high school. A haunting and invigorating adaptation that preserves the award-winning original novel’s powerful message. A 2019 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens and a 2019 Top 10 Amelia Bloomer Project Book.
Sunny considers himself a murderer, because his mother died giving birth to him. He has been running track to please his dad, but what he really wants is to dance. “Lightning” Lu is heading into the track championships as co-captain of his team. When unexpected hurdles come up, he wonders if lightning can really strike twice.
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