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The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list, compiled annually by a committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), suggests books that teens, ages 12–18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. Titles published in late 2007 are noted; all others were published in 2008. The committee’s top 10 choices are identified with a star (*).
500 Manga Characters. By Yishan Li. illus. 2007. HarperCollins, paper, $19.95 (9780061256523).
Chibis, dragons, and manga mania!
Move over peeps, these chicks are cute!
Art of Modern Rock: Mini #1: A–Z. By Dennis King. illus. 2007. Chronicle, paper, $18.95 (9780811861342).
Posters that rock.
Ask CosmoGIRL! about Beauty: All the Answers to Your Questions about Hair, Makeup, Skin, and More. By the Editors of CosmoGIRL. illus. Hearst, paper, $5.95 (9781588166449).
Your beauty questions answered.
The Band Name Book. By Noel Hudson. illus. Boston Mills, paper, $29.95 (9781550464870).
The good, the bad, and the shocking.
Black Metal, v.1. By Rick Spears. Illus. by Chuck BB. 2007. Oni, paper, $11.95 (9781932664720).
Death-metal misfits invade suburbia.
* Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers. By Nancy Amanda Redd. Illus. by Kelly Kline. 2007. Gotham, paper, $20 (9781592403264).
As the subtitle says, real girls, real bodies, real issues, real answers. A 2009 Amelia Bloomer book.
Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You. By Deborah Reber. Illus. by Neryl Walker. Simon & Schuster, paper, $9.99 (9781416955267).
Relax, take a deep breath . . . and chill.
Comickers Art 2: Create Amazing Manga Characters. By the Staff of Comickers Magazine. illus. Collins, paper, $24.95 (9780061452543).
Essential guide for all aspiring manga artists.
Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! By Christen Haden. illus. Quirk, $14.95 (9781594742323).
Make your own zombie.
* Custom Kicks. By Kim Smits and Matthijs Maat. illus. Laurence King, paper, $19.95 (9781856695428).
Sneak peek at cool sneaks.
Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World’s Best-Kept Secrets. By John Farndon. illus. 2007. DK, $24.99 (9780756632052).
South Park meets World Book.
Eat This, Not That! By David Zinczenko. illus. 2007. Rodale, paper, $19.95 (9781594868542).
Look at a pie chart in a whole new way.
Faces of Sunset Boulevard: A Portrait of Los Angeles. By Patrick Ecclesine. illus. Santa Monica, $39.95 (9781595800404).
L.A. comes alive.
Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. Edited by Betsy Franco. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763634377).
Love in their words.
Farts: A Spotter’s Guide. By Crai S. Bower. Illus. by Travis Millard. Chronicle, $12.95 (9780811866095).
SBDs and more: full sound effects.
Flight, v.4. Edited by Kazu Kibuishi. illus. 2007. Villard, paper, $24.95 (9780345490407).
Short stories go graphic.
Freestyle Soccer Tricks: Tricks, Flick-ups, Catches. By Sean D’Arcy. illus. Firefly, $14.95 (9781554074044).
Bend it like Beckham and then some.
Gadget Nation: A Journey through the Eccentric World of Invention. By Steve Greenberg. illus. Sterling, $19.95 (9781402736865).
Quirky innovations and inventions.
* Ghosts Caught on Film: Photographs of the Paranormal. By Melvyn Willin. illus. 2007. David & Charles, $16.99 (9780715327289).
Believe it or not.
The Good Neighbors: Kin. By Holly Black. Illus. by Ted Naifeh. Scholastic, paper, $16.99 (9780439855624).
Problem parents and faeries. A 2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending the Earth against Alien Invaders. By Daniel H. Wilson. Illus. by Richard Horue. 2007. Bloomsbury, paper, $13.95 (9781596912816).
Robot allies are in your future.
I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me. By Trevor Paglen. Melville, $22.95 (9781933633329).
Military secrets revealed.
Indognito. By Karen Ngo. illus. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316035507).
Doggies in costumes = irresistible.
In the Small. By Michael Hague. illus. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316013234).
When predator becomes prey.
It’s Complicated: The American Teenager. By Robin Bowman. Illus. by the author. 2007. Umbrage, $40 (9781884167690).
Four hundred and fourteen intriguing portraits.
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan. By Aimee Major Steinberger. Illus. by the author. 2007. Go! Media, paper, $16.99 (9781933617831).
The ultimate J-pop fan’s travel book. A 2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen. By Reymundo Sanchez and Sonia Rodriguez. illus. Chicago Review, $24.95 (9781556527227).
The titles says it all.
* Life Sucks. By Jessica Abel and Gabriel Soria. Illus. by Warren Pleece. First Second, paper, $19.95 (9781596431072).
Vegetarian vampire looks for love. A 2009 Great Graphic Novel for Teens.
The Manga Cookbook. By the Manga University Culinary Institute. Illus. by Chihiro Hattori. 2007. Japanime, paper, $14.95 (9784921205072).
Japanese cooking, manga-style.
Mo’ Urban Dictionary: Ridonkulous Street Slang Defined. Compiled by Aaron Peckham. illus. 2007. Andrews McMeel, paper, $12.99 (9780740768750).
Holla! A funky, fresh, fularious book.
More Stuff on My Cat: 2x the Stuff + 2x the Cats = 4x the Awesome. By Mario Garza. illus. Chronicle, paper, $12.95 (9780811862257).
Feline high jinks.
* No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row. By Susan Kuklin. illus. Holt, $17.95 (9780805079500).
Teen inmates: raw and uncensored. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. By Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser. illus. HarperPerennial, paper, $12 (9780061374050).
Short quips summarizing life.
* One Hundred Young Americans. By Michael Franzini. Illus. by the author. 2007. Collins, paper, $29.95 (9780061192005).
Photos and true stories, state by state.
Other People’s Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See. Edited by Bill Shapiro. illus. 2007. Clarkson Potter, $22.50 (9780307382641).
* Permanence. By Kip Fulbeck. illus. Chronicle, paper, $19.95 (9780811861311).
Behind every tattoo there’s a story.
Point Blank: The Graphic Novel. By Anthony Horowitz. Illus. by Antony Johnston and others. Philomel, paper, $14.99 (9780399250262).
Alex Rider in full color.
The Quiz Life. By Marina Khidekel. Delacorte, $6.99 (9780375842634).
The real you, revealed.
Sentences: The Life of M. F. Grimm. By Percy Carey. Illus. by Ronald Wimberly. 2007. Vertigo, paper, $14.99 (9781401210472).
Sesame Street to drug dealer to rap star.
Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks. By Steve Badillo and Doug Werner. illus. Tracks, paper, $12.95 (9781884654305).
Skateboarding, trick by trick.
Skateboarding Skills: The Rider’s Guide. By Ben Powell. illus. Firefly, $16.95 (9781554073603).
All the moves, tricks, and tips to get you skating.
* Skulls. By Noah Scalin. illus. Lark, paper, $14.95 (9781600593758).
From bread slices to garbage bags.
Spider-Man the Icon. By Steve Saffel. illus. 2007. Titan, $49.95 (9781845763244).
A ginormous visual feast.
Swords: An Artist’s Devotion. By Ben Boos. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $24.99 (9780763631482).
Take Me to Your Leader. By Ian Harrison. illus. 2007. DK, $25 (9780756632021).
Trivia and pop culture, strange but true.
Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In. By Erin Elisabeth Conley. Orange Avenue, paper, $9.95 (9780977266074).
When fitting in isn’t what you want.
Volcano: A Visual Guide. By Donna O’Meara. illus. 2007. Firefly, $29.95 (9781554073535).
Lava flowing around the world.
The Way I Am. By Eminem. illus. Dutton, $40 (9780525950325).
In his own words.
Behind the Door. By Paul Kropp. HIP Edge, paper, $12.95 (9781897039267).
Trapped without a door.
Black Box. By Julie Schumacher. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780385735421).
Depression, close to home. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
Chess Rumble. By G. Neri. 2007. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781584302797).
Real-life battles, chess-style.
The Compound. By S. A. Bodeen. Feiwel & Friends, $16.95 (9780312370152).
They never thought the world would come to an end.
Dead Is the New Black. By Marlene Perez. Harcourt, paper, $7.95 (9780152064082).
Latest accessory: a mini-coffin.
Drama High (series). By L. Divine. Dafina. Individual titles, paper, $9.95.
Drama, drama, drama.
Fakie. By Tony Varrato. Orca, paper, $7.95 (9781897073797).
New town, new identity, same danger.
My Father’s Son. By Terri Fields. Roaring Brook, $16.95 (9781596433496).
Wearing the face of serial killer is tough.
Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel. By Richelle Mead. Razorbill, paper, $8.99 (9781595141750).
Love and jealousy collide.
Gamer Girl. By Mari Mancusi. Dutton, $16.99 (9780525479956).
Avatar or the real you?
Hot Girl. By Dream Jordan. St. Martin’s, $9.95 (9780312382841).
Things you want sometimes cost you more than you want to pay.
Hotlanta. By Denene Millner and Mitzi Miller. Scholastic/Point, paper, $8.99 (9780545003087).
Atlanta just got hotter.
The Hunger Games. By Suzanne Collins. Scholastic, $17.99 (9780439023481).
A survivor game gone deadly. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me. By Lisa Schroeder. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paper, $7.99 (9781416955207).
Imagine having your dead boyfriend “living” at your house.
Identical. By Ellen Hopkins. Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99 (9781416950059).
Taboo, which twin has it worse?
Kaput and Zosky. By Lewis Trondheim. Tr. by Edward Gauvin. Illus. by Eric Cartier. Roaring Brook/First Second, paper, $13.95 (9781596431324).
Two rotten aliens coming to a planet near you.
Kendra. By Coe Booth. Scholastic/Push, $16.99 (9780439925365).
Looking for love in all the wrong places. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
Living Dead Girl. By Elizabeth Scott. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $16.99 (9781416960591).
Painful to the end. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
Middle Row. By Sylvia Olsen. Orca, paper, $9.95 (9781551438993).
When you are not where you are supposed to be . . .
No Way Out. By Peggy Kern. Townsend, paper, $4.95 (9781591941767).
Bluford High kid desperate for money.
Outrage. By Tony Varrato. 2007. HIP Edge, paper, $12.95 (9781897039281).
Bad days sometimes just get worse.
Pain & Wastings. By Carrie Mac. Orca, paper, $9.95 (9781551439044).
Facing life with death.
Planet Pregnancy. By Linda Oatman High. Boyds Mills, $16.95 (9781590785843).
Adopting, keeping, and leaping.
Poison Ink. By Christopher Golden. Delacorte, paper, $8.99 (9780385734837).
Group tattoos gone bad.
Prey. By Lurlene McDaniel. Dell, $10.99 (9780385734530).
Who’s using whom?
Project 17. By Laurie Faria Stolarz. 2007. Hyperion, $15.99 (9780786838561).
Teens and an abandoned insane asylum take on a Blair Witch twist.
* Retaliation. By Yasmin Shiraz. Rolling Hills, paper, $14.95 (9780971817432).
Everyone’s involved when one girl gets jumped.
Right behind You. By Gail Giles. 2007. Little, Brown, $15.99 (9780316166362).
Life is rough, especially living with the knowledge that you killed a kid.
Saturday Night Dirt. By Will Weaver. Farrar, $14.95 (9780374350604).
One night can make a difference at the speedway.
Schooled. By Paul Langan. Townsend, paper, $4.95 (9781591941774).
Bluford boy has NBA dreams.
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez. By Alan Lawrence Sitomer. Hyperion, $17.99 (9781423110729).
Sonia is everything to everyone except herself.
Suckerpunch. By David Hernandez. HarperTeen, $16.99 (9780061173301).
Road trip with a gun. A 2009 Best Book for Young Adults.
Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe). By Kimberly Pauley. Mirrorstone, $14.95 (9780786950287).
It bites when your parents are vampires.
Switch. By Carol Snow. HarperTeen, $16.99 (9780061452086).
Shocked into a gorgeous body.
Thief. By Brian James. Scholastic/Push, paper, $8.99 (9780545034005).
Foster kids forced to steal.
Torn to Pieces. By Margot McDonnell. Delacorte, $15.99 (9780385735599).
When mom disappears, secrets are revealed.
Undone. By Brooke Taylor. Walker, $16.99 (9780802797636).
Losing a friend—inheriting a friend’s to-do list.
Unleashed. By Kristopher Reisz. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, paper, $7.99 (9781416940012).
Why be a human when you can be a werewolf?
The Unspoken. By Thomas Fahy. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (9781416940074).
Cursed with your greatest fear.
Venomous. By Christopher Krovatin. Illus. by Kelly Yates. Simon & Schuster/Ginee Seo, $16.99 (9781416924876).
When rage is in your blood.
* Wake. By Lisa McMann. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $15.99 (9781416953579).
Stranded in other people’s dreams.
Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009, committee members: Joy Millam, chair, Valencia High School, Placentia (CA); Amy Cheney, Alameda County (CA) Juvenile Hall Library; Erica Tang Cuyugan, Santa Monica Public Library (CA); Debbie Fisher, Central Falls High School (RI); Diana Tixier Herald, Mesa County (CO) Valley School District #51; Annisha Jeffries, Cleveland (OH) Public Library; Sally Leahey, McArthur Public Library, Biddeford (ME); Jenine Lillian, The Bush School Library, Seattle (WA); Diane Monnier, Tucson (AZ); Anne Rouyer, New York Public Library; Marie Slim, Troy High School, Fullerton (CA); and Heather Gruenthal, Administrative Assistant, Western High School, Anaheim (CA).
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