Tuesday, February 17, 2009

So you have to read something and you don't like to read...

then this booklist is for you. Every year, YALSA creates the Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers booklist. Now, I'm not a fan of the title of the booklist, but it is essentially a list of books that were published the previous year that teens will pick up on their own and read and is geared towards the teen reader who just doesn't typically read. Think of all those teens who read Harry Potter or Twilight but would never call themselves readers and you have the main audience for this list. That doesn't mean teens who consider themselves readers won't enjoy these books, because trust me, they will.

So here's a handful of titles that I think may grab attention from the booklist. If you want to see the full list, click on the link above. And if you want to know what titles the library owns, later this week I will be finishing a bookmark that can be found in the teen area at Foothills.

The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
After living in an underground compound for the past six years that his father built to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, Eli discovers that his father has been lying about the world this whole time.

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
Maddy forms a manga club at her school and falls in love through an online roleplaing game.

Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
Daisy attempts to be normal in a family of psychic detectives.

The Good Neighbors by Holly Black
Gritty fantasy author Black tries her hand at writing for a graphic novel with success. Rue thinks she's going crazy seeing things that couldn't possibly be real--could they?

Falling Hard by Betsy Franco
100 poems written by teens about love in their own world.

The Manga Cookbook
How to make all those yummy dishes found in manga.

Appetite for Detention by Sloan Tanen
The typical teenage experiences--told in photographs with pipe cleaner chickens. Hilarious.

So there they are, my highlights of the list. Of course, there are plenty more to choose from in the complete list. Next post? Who knows what it'll be on!

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