Quick Picks

YALSA's (Young Adult Library Services Association) Quick Picks list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list includes both fiction and nonfiction.

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You should see me in a crown - Johnson, Leah (Young adult author),

Summary: Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her...

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Snapdragon - Leyh, Kat,

Summary: When Snap rescues a family of baby opossums, she asks the town witch, Jacks, for help caring for them, but as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may have a connection with...

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Punching the air - Zoboi, Ibi Aanu,

Summary: From award-winning, bestselling author Ibi Zoboi and prison reform activist Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five comes a powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated. The...

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#NoEscape - McNeil, Gretchen,

Summary: When contestants in an escape room challenge start being killed, seventeen-year-old Persey must solve a series of bizarre and gruesome puzzles, riddles, and games to make it out alive....

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The loop - Oliver, Ben (Science fiction writer),

Summary: "Luka Kane has spent 736 days wrongfully imprisoned inside the Loop awaiting his execution. Each day is the same. Each day is torturous. But things are starting to change. Whispers of war are...

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Long way down : the graphic novel - Reynolds, Jason,

Summary: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

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Heartstopper. 1 - Oseman, Alice,

Summary: Shy and softhearted Charlie strikes up a friendship with rugby player Nick, and as the two grow closer and take on the ups and downs of high school, their friendship grows into something more.

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Golden arm - Deuker, Carl,

Summary: Lazarus Weathers, a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks, seeks to protect his half-brother while pitching his way out of poverty, one strike at a time.

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Found - Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

Summary: A teenage survival expert finds all his skills tested as he's pursued through the Canadian wilderness by men determined to silence him. On his way to teach at Camp Seven Generations, a Native...

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Be not far from me - McGinnis, Mindy,

Summary: When Ashley goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. Catching her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage...

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