Reluctant Reader Awards

Top 10:

Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries. YA Cabot, M.
"This is how NOT a princess I am. I am so NOT a princess that when my dad started telling me I was one, I totally started crying." Raised in a Greenwich Village loft in New York City by her flaky-but-loving artist mother, ninth grader Mia Thermopolis is shocked to learn from her father that she is now the heir apparent to Genovia, the tiny European kingdom he rules. Her paternal grandmother further disrupts Mia's life when she comes to town to mold the girl into a proper royal. Cabot's debut children's novel is essentially a classic makeover tale souped up on imperial steroids: a better haircut and an improved wardrobe garner Mia the attention of a hitherto unattainable boy. (Of course this boy isn't all he appears to be, and another boy the true friend Mia mostly takes for granted turns out to be Mr. Right.) A running gag involving sexual harassment (including a foot fetishist obsessed with Mia's best friend Lilly Moscovitz and a sidewalk groper dubbed the "Blind Guy") is more creepy than funny, and the portrayal of the self-conscious pseudo-zaniness of downtown life is over the top (Lilly's parents, both psychoanalysts, get Rolfed, practice t'ai chi and attend benefits for "the homosexual children of survivors of the Holocaust"). Though Mia's loopy narration has its charms and princess stories can be irresistible, a slapstick cartoonishness prevails here. Ages 12-up.

Drill, Esther, Heather McDonald and Rebecca Olds. Deal With It: A Whole New Approach to Your Body, Brain and Life as a Gurl. 
The creators of the award-winning, phenomenally popular interactive website,, present a hip, no-nonsense resource book for girls. Illustrations.

Franco, Betsy. You Hear Me? Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys. 
Unadorned by adult commentary or theorizing, these 70 essays and poems by adolescent boys contain the raw stuff of their lives, in their own words.

Frank, E.R. Life is Funny. YA Frank, E.
From the outside they're just a group of urban teenagers. But from the inside, they're some of the most complex people readers will ever meet.

Koss, Amy Goldman. The Girls
Grade 5-8-When the other members of Maya's clique decide to ostracize her, the girl is shocked and devastated. She has no clue what she could have done wrong, and neither do Brianna, Ren?e, or Darcy. However, Candace is their leader, the self-assured one, the one who decides who's in and who's not, and, suddenly, Maya's not. In brief chapters that jump from one girl's perspective to another, a picture emerges of social status and peer pressure among middle schoolers who are struggling to figure out who they are, where they belong, and maybe even what is right. The voice of each character is clear and will be familiar to any adolescent. Koss's exceptional skill at evoking not only the girls, but also their families, makes this an important story for those in the midst of the cruelty of middle-school society. This provocative page-turner will be passed from one girl to the next like a note with the latest gossip.

McCormick, Patricia. Cut. YA McCormick, P.
This riveting, thrilling and heartbreaking debut novel deals boldly with mental illness. Teens can relate to the adolescent drama and all-important friends as the main character tries to "cut" it.

Piven, Joshua and David Borgenicht. The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. 394 PIV
The indispensable, indestructible guide for surviving life's sudden turns for the worse. Survival experts provide illustrated, step-by-step instructions on what you need to know FAST.

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. REN. 
Gr 7-9-This is the hilarious Bridget Jones-like diary of 14-year-old Georgia, who has a rather wild cat named Angus, a three-year-old sister who pees in her bed, and a best friend who is in love with the vegetable seller's son. Georgia discusses kissing (snogging) lessons, which she needs because she has just met the "Sex God" of her dreams; what to wear to parties and school; and how to spy on your crush's girlfriend (this is where thongs come into play). In typical teen manner, Georgia lives in her own world; she thinks she is ugly, is convinced that her parents are weird, positively abhors schoolwork, and has a deep desire to be beautiful and older. Yet she still has time to enjoy the mad antics of her cat and indulge her odd but sweet sister. It will take a sophisticated reader to enjoy the wit and wisdom of this charming British import, but those who relish humor will be satisfied. Fresh, lively, and engaging.

Seckel, Al. The Art of Optical Illusions. YA 152.148 SEC
Its not often you find a book that challenges the intellect, is fun to read, yet appeals to many age groups. Al Seckel has accomplished this demanding task with his book "The Art of Optical Illusions". Seckel presents the illusions as if you were touring an art gallery. He acts as a guide who lets you explore the visuals freely yet helps you understand them with succinct explanations if needed. Seckel does this by dividing his book into 4 gallerys. Each gallery includes a number of illusions, one per page. At the end of each gallery there are notes that help further explain the visual. You are able to enjoy and explore the illusions and reference the notes if you wish to know more. The illusions range from the simple to the more sophisticated. Each illusion is beautifully rendered thus enhancing its effects. I was delighted to find an old favorite,"the floating finger" and fascinated by many I had never seen including "gesture of a dancer"! Approximately 150 illusions are included, some in black and white others in color. The book is in large paperback format making it reader friendly. The quality of the pages, texture and thickness enhance the pleasure of discovering each illusion. This is a book that will stimulate creativity and provide hours of pleasure for young and old alike! A nice coffee table book that will be used!

Shakur, Tupac. The Rose That Grew From Concrete. 811 SHA 
This collection of more than 100 poems that honestly and artfully confront topics ranging from poverty and motherhood to Van Gogh and Mandela is presented in Tupac Shakur's own handwriting on one side of the page, with a typed version on the opposite side.

The Rest of the Winners

Adoff, Arnold. Basket Counts.
Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of the game of basketball. Full-color illustrations.

Alphin, Elaine Marie. Counterfeit Son. YA Alphin, E. 
When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in a shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of his father's victims in order to find a better life. But when his father's old accomplice tracks him down, will Cameron give up his new identity to protect the victim's family?

Anderson, Joan. Rookie: Tamika Whitmore's First Year in the WNBA.
Follow the inspiring story of Tamika Whitmore from her small-town Mississippi upbringing through her stellar college basketball career to her experiences as the 22-year-old top rookie for the New York Liberty. Foreword by Teresa Weatherspoon, a point guard for the New York Liberty. Full color.

Anonymous. Treacherous Love
Fourteen-year-old Jennie's life is turning upside down. It seems the only thing she can rely on is her diary. Then she meets the substitute math teacher Mr. Johnstone. When Mr. J. first reveals his feelings for her, she is thrilled by the relationship that grows outside the classroom. Then, slowly, her diary becomes a record of her loneliness, pain, and confusion.

Appelt, Kathi. Kissing Tennessee.
Mason and Carrie Marie can't summon up the courage to ask each other to dance. Lindy knows her best friend Clara is making a huge mistake with her boyfriend, but doesn't know if she can tell her. Cub is struggling with the feelings he has for his friend Trent. Russ's beloved girlfriend has died, and now he's just trying to live without her. Peggy Lee has grown up with Tennessee, but can she ever think of him as more than a friend?  In her first book for older readers, award-wining writer Kathi Appelt tells eight magical, heartbreaking, and moving stories set at the Dogwood Junior High graduation Stardust Dance.

Atkins, Catherine. When Jeff Comes Home
Sixteen-year-old Jeff, returning home after having been kidnapped and held prisoner for three years, must face his family, friends and school and the widespread assumption that he engaged in sexual activity with his kidnapper. Powerful text and subject material addresses an experience that changed a young man's life forever.

Atwater-Rhodes, Amelia. Demon in my View. YA Atwater-Rhodes, A.
Seventeen-year-old Jessica discovers that the vampire world of her fiction is real when she develops relationships with an alluring vampire named Aubrey and the teenage witch who is trying to save Jessica from his clutches. 

Baseball's Best Shots: the greatest baseball photography of all time.  YA 796.357 BAS
Major League Baseball offers the official word on the most compelling photographs of America's favorite game. Over 100 images reflect the power, beauty, and action of the game that has long captured the imagination of millions of fans. Players, legendary stadiums, and devoted fans are brought together in this photographic celebration of our national pastime.

Bauer, Cat. Harley Like a Person. YA Bauer, C.
Fourteen-year-old Harley, an artistic teenager living with her alcoholic father and angry mother, suspects that she is adopted and begins a search for her biological parents.

Bennett, Cherie. Love Him Forever. 
Past-life regression therapy has taught Colleen Belmont that her eighteenth birthday always presents pivotal choices, and with her birthday fast approaching, she agonizes over whether to choose her boyfriend Kevin or Luke, the new guy in town whom she is sure she had known in a past life.

Bo, Ben. The EdgeBO.
Declan will do anything to fit in at his new school -- even if it's illegal. But when he and his friends get caught, the consequences are tragic. Declan's given a second chance' he's not sure he wants -- instead of being locked up, he's sent to work at a ski lodge in the Canadian Rockies. There, he learns to snowboard, but he also learns that second chances aren't easy. The ghosts of his past keep haunting him -- until he realizes the only way to break free is to face them.

Bo, Ben. Skullcrack. BO
Jonah doesn't need help, not from anyone. He and his dad are making it just fine. Who cares that everyone thinks they are a bit crazy or that they call his dad a drunk? Jonah doesn't have to listen to any of it, he can just escape to Skullcrack, a beach cove where he goes to surf and think and be alone. Because, while everything else is uncertain or frightening, the joy and freedom he feels while surfing make life worth living for Jonah. It is while at Skullcrack that Jonah first sees the strange vision of her, the mysterious girl he seems to know as well as he knows himself. Who is she? In a journey that takes him across an ocean and into the eye of a hurricane, Jonah solves the mystery of her identity and along the way discovers his own.

Bressler, Karen W. and Susan Redstone. D.I.Y. Beauty
Forget about brand names and false promises. It's more fun to take the D.I.Y. route and do it yourself with the help of this fresh, scrappy, in-your-face beauty guide. It doesn't tell girls how to look like supermodels, but it does tell them how to look and feel their best. D.I.Y. Beauty offers a fun array of recipes for mixing up masks, gels, scents, glitters, glosses, and polishes. It includes practical tips from the beauty experts at as well as a forum for girls to tell other girls their beauty secrets, problems, and advice.

Brous, Elizabeth. How to be Gorgeous: The Ultimate Beauty Guide to Hair, Makeup and More
"Seventeen's" ultimate beauty guide offers girls hundreds of tips, tricks, and secrets for scoring cool hair looks, natural-looking makeup, flawless skin, and awesome nails. Packed with quizzes, charts, lists, and beauty shopping trips.

Brown, Bobbi and Annemarie Iverson. Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty: Everything You Need to Know to Look Pretty, Natural, Sexy & Awesome YA 646.70 BRO
Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty is the ultimate beauty guide for young women. It takes the mystery out of all those confusing rituals so that you can figure out how to feel happier and more relaxed about your looks. You'll look your prettiest! Your teen years are the most emotionally charged of your life. Your body's developing at a rapid pace, your skin changes from day to day, and your hormones are raging (in case you didn't notice). Everything in your life is in total flux. Bobbi's mission is to help boost your self-esteem and confidence. By listening to Bobbi's straightforward and useful beauty principles, you'll gain a sense of control over your body, your looks, and your life.  Written with sensitivity to help you navigate the difficult self-image issues that you face, Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty empowers you to discover and celebrate your own unique, natural beauty. This fresh and honest makeup guide is your ultimate source for advice, tips, and lessons for achieving beauty inside and out. 

Csillag, Andre. Backstreet Boys: the official book. j 921 BACKSTREET BOYS, CSI
In this first authorized book on the world's hottest pop band, fans meet Howie, Al, Kevin, Brian, and Nick through exclusive, intimate photos taken by the only photographer to have unlimited access to the Backstreet Boys for the past three years.

Danziger, Paula and Martin, Ann M. Snail Mail No More. YA Danziger, P. 
Now that they live in different cities, 13-year-olds Tara and Elizabeth use e-mail to "talk" about everything that is occuring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.

Donkin, Andrew. Truly Tasteless Scratch & Sniff Book
Smelly feet, sour milk, rotten fish, and foul skunk are just a few of the horrible smells found in The Truly Tasteless Scratch and Sniff Book. Designed to offend and amuse any nose, this stinky collection of revolting rhymes and noxious smells will disgust your friends and send you giggling. Sturdy construction ensures a long-lasting smelly experience.

Dougall Alastair. James Bond: The Secret World of 007. YA 823.9 DOU 
From its Foreword, written by M16's very own chief, M, James Bond: the Secret World of 007 takes readers on a thrill-packed journey through the life and career of the world's most famous secret agent.
Every major mission Bond has ever undertaken in the interests of world security, from Dr. No to The World Is Not Enough, is investigated and explained. Spectacular illustrations and photographs reveal, for the first time, the hidden workings of Bond's incredible vehicles and gadgets, the labyrinthine lairs, and masterplans of villains such as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Elliot Carver, and Auric Goldfinger, and some of 007's most spectacular chases and battles.  The book also explores Bond's lovelife, and his relationships with other key members of M16, such as M, Q, and Miss Moneypenny. In addition, a reference section gives details of the world-famous movies based upon his amazing assignments. 

Ellis, Warren. StormWatch: Force of Nature.
StormWatch: Force Of Nature collects the first six issues of Ellis's eye-opening run on the series. Picking up right after a member of the team turned traitor and almost got everyone else killed before being taken out himself, Ellis decides that this is a great chance for a new beginning. The group's leader, after finding out that StormWatch's charter as a U.N. sanctioned and supported emergency security force has become a decidedly more sinister arrangement, decides that if they are going to set up to fail, they might as well suspend all the "rules" of superheroic engagement and do some lasting good on the way down. "A band-aid on a cancer" is what he calls their previous efforts, and sets out to do something about it.

Escher, M.C. and J.L. Locher. The Magic of M.C. Escher.  YA 769.92 ESC
Adult/High School-This marvelous book is a must for any collection containing works about art and artistic temperament. Not only does it present the wonderfully visionary drawings, paintings, and woodcuts for which Escher is so widely known, but it also includes excerpts from his writings. J. L. Locher, director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, provides the overview for the volume. Beautiful, full-color foldout copies exhibit some of Escher's most mesmerizing and intriguing works: Metamorphosis II, Day and Night, Up and Down, and Magic Mirror, to name a few. Many of the studies for these works are also included and demonstrate the planned, logical, and mathematical plane upon which Escher's fascinating conundrums are based. The two-page displays for Spirals and Mobius Strip II (Red Ants) are excellent cases in point. The book is filled with magical drawings created throughout the artist's career. Letters to family and friends and parts of lectures given by Escher describe the way he saw the world, his life, and his body of works. He "wandered in enigmas"; was bored by the right-angled boxes forced on mankind by gravity, "our tyrant"; and felt unsure of the "existence of a real, objective space." Even those who claim disinterest in art will find themselves drawn into Escher's exciting, inexplicable, virtual world.

Ewing, Lynne. Daughter of the Moon (series). 
Goddess of the Night.
Vanessa, who has always had the special power to become invisible, discovers that she and her best friend Catty, a time-traveler, are goddesses of the moon who must fight together to overcome evil.
Into the Cold Fire.  The Dark Side wants to use Serena's power to read minds to destroy the Daughters of the Moon. Serena might not be able to resist the seductive temptation of the Dark Side--and their sexy, mesmerizing leader.

Golden, Christopher. Meets the Eye. YA MYSTERY Golden, C. 
In this Body of Evidence Thriller, college-age sleuth Jenna Blake tackles a crime wave in the Boston area that appears to be the work of the living dead. Jenna has to piece together an explanation for these "zombie" crimes. The dead can't really rise from their graves--or can they?

Gottlieb, Lori. Stick Figure: A Diary of my Former Self. YA 616.8526 GOT
From the diaries she kept as an 11-year-old, the author's wry, perceptive account of her near-fatal struggle with anorexia nervosa is told with an unguarded openness not seen since Susanna Kaysen's "Girl Interrupted. Stick Figure" has been option for film by Martin Scorsese's De Fina/Cappa Productions.

Greenberg, Gary. Pop-Up Book of Phobias.
Fear of heights, fear of spiders, fear of flying, fear of death--everyone is afraid of something. And these pop-ups place you in the hot seat--whether it's the dentist's chair as the drill comes spinning toward you; looking over the edge of a skyscraper whose sheer face plummets thousands of feet to the sidewalk far below; or the window seat of a plane as the oxygen mask deploys, your drink spills, and the horizon line shifts to an angle that is suddenly, terribly wrong . . .   Brought to life by outrageously macabre artwork and startlingly innovative pop-ups, The Pop-up Book of Phobias is an engineering marvel and cult classic in the making.

Groening, Matt. Simpson's Comics A-Go-Go. YA GRAPHIC NOVEL 741.59 SIM 
Is Lisa really drifting helplessly toward bohemianism? Is Homer really a hitman in a parallel-universe Springfield? Can Marge manage her own day care center without provoking a bloodbath? Fans of the Simpsons can read all about it. Color throughout.

Hawk, Tony and Sean Mortimer. Hawk: Occupation: Skateboarder. YA 921 HAWK, T., Haw
For Tony Hawk, it wasn't enough to skate for two decades, to invent more than eighty tricks, and to win more than twice as many professional contests as any other skater. It wasn't enough to knock himself unconscious more than ten times, fracture several ribs, break his elbow, knock out his teeth twice, compress the vertebrae in his back, pop his bursa sack, get more than fifty stitches laced into his shins, rip apart the cartilage in his knee, bruise his tailbone, and sprain his ankles and tear his ligaments too many times to count. No. He had to land the 900. And after thirteen years of failed attempts, he nailed it. It had never been done before.  Growing up in Serra Mesa, California, Tony was a hyperactive demon child with a 144 IQ. He threw tantrums, terrorized the nanny until she quit, exploded with rage whenever he lost a game; this was a kid who was expelled from preschool. When his brother, Steve, gave him a blue plastic hand-me-down skateboard and his father built a skate ramp in the driveway, Tony finally found his outlet -- while skating, the could be as hard on himself as he was on everyone around him.

Hayhurst, Chris. Bicycle Stunt Riding: catch air! j 796.6 HAY
Describes the sport of bicycle stunt riding, how to purchase equipment, practice stunts, ride safely, and enter competitions.

Hayhurst, Chris. Mountain Biking: get on the trail! YA 796.6 HAY
Grade 3-6-Three introductions to non-team athletic activities that have been dubbed "extreme." Each book gives a brief history of the sport, advice on selecting equipment, safety, basic skills, and competition. The books are eye-catching and easy to read, and the full-color photographs on every page feature teens and young adults. The sidebars are filled with helpful tips and explanations of inside lingo. Shelley Youngblut's Way Inside ESPN's X Games is a thorough examination of extreme sports for older readers.

Herrera, Juan Felipe. Crashboomlove: A Novel in Verse
After his father leaves home, sixteen-year-old Cesar Garcia lives with his mother and struggles through the painful experiences of growing up as a Mexican American high school student.

Hughes, Dave. MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch Companion. 
The Deathmatch Companion features pictures, dialogue, and behind-the-scenes details on every show from the very first short, Charles Manson vs. Marilyn Manson, through the first two seasons of the series. That's a lot of bloodshed. The Deathmatch Companion also has segments written by the creator, Eric Fogel, and the destroyer, Stone Cold Steve Austin, as well as pages full of real celebrity reactions, fan mail, fighter stats., and heaps of other highlights that you can only find here, Deathmatch Companion. Impress your friends. Scare your enemies.

Irwin, Cati. Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won..., and How You Can, Too
A teenage survivor's compelling story of her successful battle against depression, "Conquering the Beast Within" includes candid letters which describe how Cait's family was affected plus a special section on where to find more information or get help.

Jett, Sarah. Night of the Pompon.
Pompons aren't just for pep rallies anymore... 
Who knows what evil lies beyond the oven door? Jendra MacKenzie knows -- it's a strangely powerful pompon that turns bright-eyed cheerleaders into gray-eyed monsters. But what she doesn't know is how to explain the unusual events unfolding at Davy Crockett School ever since ultra-popular Tina Shepard handed her a coyote head and made her the cheerleading mascot. Who's responsible for the sudden disappearance of the last mascot, and the principal's pants...and the principal? 
When Jendra searches for answers, she finds nothing but trouble. Propelled by powers she can't control, she winds up disco dancing on top of her desk, flying to a faraway dentist's office, and dodging falling eighth-graders in the second-story girls' bathroom. If this trend toward the bizarre continues, she might even pass pre-algebra...unless the cheerleaders have something more sinister in mind... 

Johns, Michael-Anne. Cool in School. YA JOH
What the stars were like when they went to school.

Kirberger, Kimberly. Teen Love: On Relationships, a Book For Teenagers. YA 306.7 KIR 
Straight from Kimberly Kirberger's heart to yours come non-judgmental advice, wisdom, compassion and understanding on that very important part of your life: relationships.
In Teen Love: On Relationships, you'll find no adults preaching or patronizing. What you will find are other teens who share their experiences on love and relationships--along with their joy, excitement, confusion and pain--through letters, poems and their own personal stories. You'll also find Kimberly's tell-it-like-it-is honesty, genuine understanding and real love for you.
However you feel about love--love it, hate it, wish you knew, wish you didn't, or feel too scared and confused to even try to find out--this book will show you that your feelings are okay, and, most important, that you are not alone. It will change your life and the way you think about love, and give you the tools to create and maintain a happier and healthier relationship.

Logue, Mary. Dancing With An Alien. 
Branko is on a grave mission - unless he finds a female to bring home, his planet could die. Tonia is having a strange summer - her best friend is changing and her family is fighting. When Branko and Tonia's worlds collide, it's like nothing either could ever have imagined. Appearing on numerous lists of best books for teens, this chilling tale of passion is perfect for fans of science fiction and romance alike.

Lund, Kristin. Star Wars Episode 1: Incredible Locations j 791.43 LUN
For those who do not yet possess all the facts, Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Episode I: The Complete Guide to the Incredible Locations from The Phantom Menace by Kristin Lund-Meyer, illus. by Hans Jenssen and Richard Chasemore, acts as a moviegoer's atlasAcomplete with drawings and movie stills. Beginning with an overview of the galaxy itself, this oversize volume peeks at Naboo's underwater ways, takes readers inside the Droid Control Ship and offers cutaway views of the Galactic Senate.

Mackler, Carolyn. Love and Other Four Letter Words.
When she and her mother move to an apartment in New York City after her parents decide on a trial separation, sixteen-year-old Sammie learns to deal with her mother's fragile mental state, her best friend's self-centeredness, several new friendships, and her own budding sexuality.

Mannarino, Melanie. The Boyfriend Clinic: the final word on flirting, dating, guys and love. 
Based on the popular "Seventeen" column by the same name, "The Boyfriend Clinic" offers teen advice about how to get a boyfriend . . . and what to do once you've got him.

Moore, Alan. Tom Strong - Book 1 . 
Alan Moore, writer of WATCHMEN, the classic SWAMP THING, and V FOR VENDETTA, strikes again with America's Best Comics, an entire line of comics created and written by him. Boasting some of Moore's most powerful writing in years, as well as spectacular artwork, TOM STRONG is the first of ABC's new line of graphic novels. A physical and mental super-human, Tom Strong was born on a South Seas island, orphaned by his scientist parents, raised by a steam-powered robot, and fights evil alongside his beautiful wife and headstrong daughter. Tom quickly heads into battle against the Nazi super-women Ingrid Weiss and a prehuman monster called the Pangean in this new volume.

Morgenstern, Mindy. Real Rules for Girls
Gr 8 Up-Girls will find this honest title helpful and entertaining. It's filled with practical tips and sound advice. The six chapters-"Romance," "Work," "Social Life," "Family," "Money," and "Life Tips"-each contain a snappy one-liner. For example, in the romance section, this gem appears: "The football captains of today are the burger jockeys of tomorrow." Told in an up-to-date, breezy, first-person voice, the book offers the author's personal anecdotes and life lessons hard won. The information is presented in a nonjudgmental, down-to-earth tone. Clever patter and good advice aside, the real highlights are the wonderfully kitsch black-and-white photographs that recollect the `50s and '60s. The creative layout draws readers' eyes to all sides and corners of the pages. The design is reminiscent of Barbara Kruger's provocative work-thought-provoking statements superimposed on mundane photographs. A delight from start to finish.

Morrison, Grant. JLA: Earth 2 . YA Graphic Novel 741.5 MOR
Grant Morrison's run on JLA has been very enjoyable, so it is only appropriate that DC publish a special story in the graphic novel format.   The story starts with Luthor arriving on Earth - but this is not the Luthor we know, this is a hero from the anti-matter universe, here seeking the assistance of the JLA to fight the chief group of super beings on his world - the Crime Syndicate of Amerika. This group consists of Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring and Johnny Quick (the equivalents of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash), but each with a twist that makes them a distorted reflection. 
While in many respects a rehash of classic Justice League of America stories (the original version of the Crime Syndicate came from Earth 3 and featured in a JLA/JSA crossover), the talented Mr. Morrison takes things a bit further and a bit kinkier than what was done before.   Add to this the excellent art of Frank Quitely and you have a great celebration of what made the Morrison JLA years such a classic period.

Myers, Walter Dean. 145th Street: Short Stories. 
The way I see it, things happen on 145th Street that don't happen anywhere else in the world.
One street. One block. Ten unforgettable stories. Get to know fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; or Monkeyman, who's been targeted by the Tigros. Come to a block party. Spend Christmas with Mother Fletcher. A few folks are down and out, and some are coming up, coming back. Meet Kitty, who knows that love can save; Billy, a fighter on the way to a knockout; Big Joe, who plans a bang-up funeral while he's still around to enjoy it. Some of these stories are the ones behind the headlines, the lives that go on after the facts fade from the news. Others are private, even mysterious. Walter Dean Myers knows every mood and every beat of life on this block, from danger and despair to hilarity and joy. Salty, wrenchingly honest, here are stories whose characters jump off the page to pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Jade Green. YA Naylor, P.
While living with her uncle in a house haunted by the ghost of a young woman, recently orphaned Judith Sparrow wonders if her one small transgression has caused mysterious happenings.

Owen, David. Hidden Evidence. 363.25 OWE
"Hidden Evidence" takes you to the scenes of 40 infamous crimes and into the heart of the forensic investigations. These are the true crime shockers that have grabbed headlines and aroused public passions. David Owen explains the scientific procedures that helped crack every one of these cases -- from the gathering of elusive physical clues to the examination of weapons and bodies, to the use of sophisticated scientific analysis. 

Packer, Alex. Highs! YA158 PAC 
With his landmark wit and style, Packer describes more than 150 safe, creative, and natural ways to find contentment, pleasure, excitement, insight, or peace, without the use of alcohol or drugs. He explains the benefits of breathing and meditation exercises, physical exercise, food, creativity, family, friends, and more. Illustrations.

Pascal, Francine. Fearless Vol 1.   YA PAS
From the creator of "Sweet Valley High" comes a hip new series featuring Gaia Moore, a fearless high school senior with a black belt in karate and the speed and strength of an Olympic athlete. Living with a family friend in New York City, Gaia rights wrongs, avenges hurts, and solves mysteries.

Patnaik, Gayatri and Michelle T. Shinseki. The Secret Life of Teens: Young People Speak Out About Their Lives. 
The book about Generation Y everyone has been waiting for -- a raw, revealing report from the teens themselves of what they are thinking, feeling, and doing.

Peters, Julie Anne. Define "Normal"
When she agrees to meet with Jasmine as a peer counselor at their middle school, Antonia never dreams that this girl with the black lipstick and pierced eyebrow will end up helping her deal with the serious problems she faces at home and become a good friend.

Planet Dexter(Ed.). This Book Really Sucks. 
Here's a Bart Simpson-inspired play on words that opens up a multi-subject investigation of gravity, vacuums, flight, animals, physics, and machines--all beneath the suction-cupped "bath mat" wrap-around cover.

Pollett, Alison. MTV's The Real World New Orleans: unmasked. 
Four thousand hours taped! Twenty-two hours aired! Do you really know everything that happens on The Real World? Read this book and you will.  Featuring never-before-seen photos of the roommates! * * * In-depth interviews with Melissa, Danny, Julie, Jamie, Kelley, Matt, and David! (plus assorted crew members, family members, boyfriends, and girlfriends...) * * * The real kiss-and-tell on the melodrama, the backstabbing, and the romances (some you know about, some you don't...). * * * Check out the cast's application to get on the show! 

Roberts, Jeremy. Rock and Ice Climbing: top the tower! 
Gr 3-6-Three introductions to non-team athletic activities that have been dubbed "extreme." Each book gives a brief history of the sport, advice on selecting equipment, safety, basic skills, and competition. The books are eye-catching and easy to read, and the full-color photographs on every page feature teens and young adults. The sidebars are filled with helpful tips and explanations of inside lingo.

Rock, with Joe Leyden. The Rock Says. 921 ROCK, ROC 
With unapologetic honesty and inimitable style, The Rock tells his story from boyhood days traveling around the world with his father (professional wrestler Rocky Johnson) to his days of college professional football to his meteoric rise through the ranks of the World Wrestling Federation.

Ryder, Bob and Dave Scherer. WCW: the ultimate guide. j 796.812 WCW
An illustrated overview of world championship wrestling including the stats, honors, and trademark maneuvers of a variety of well-known wrestlers.

Savas, Georgia Routsis. Seventeen Total Astrology. 
Is your crush really your perfect match? Will you and your best friend be pals forever? What secrets will your faraway future hold?  Seventeen Total Astrology checks out the cosmic vibe for your very own horoscope. Inside you'll find:  What your sun sign reveals about the real you.  Gal-pals and boyfriends--who you click with, and who you should avoid!  A stylist-by-the-stars guide to your hottest look, clothes, and colors. 
Plus quizzes, cool cosmic charts, awesome astrology facts, and more!  Use the power of the zodiac to uncover who you really are... and discover all that you can be! So what are you waiting for? Sign on! 

Schreibman, Tamar. Kissing. 
S.W.A.K.!  A kiss is the universal symbol for love and romance. But how much do you really know about kissing? It's all here -- 
* The history of kissing * 
* Kissing around the world * 
* Great movie kisses * 
* Celebrities' first kisses * 
* Amazing kissing factoids * 
* Kissing horror stories * 
* "Your First Kiss" quiz * 
* And much, much more * 
Whether you're still dreaming about your first kiss or looking for the perfect gift for your favorite kissee, you'll find something to love in this unique book. You may even want to kiss it smack on the cover! 

Shaw, Tucker. Dreams: Explore the You That You Can't Control. 
Have you ever wondered about the history of dreams? What something meant in your dream? Or maybe even wondered about the weird dreams other people have had? This book includes all of this and some more...

Shaw, Tucker and Fiona Gibb. .... Any Advice? 
Written by the expert trauma team at, "Any Advice?" uses real teens real-life crises to explore all aspects of teen life. 

Singleton, L.J. Regeneration (series). 
#1. Regeneration YA SIN
The first in a new adult series, "Regeneration" follows the lives of five cloned children who are part of a DNA experiment to create perfect people. But when the mastermind deems them a failure, they must band together to escape destruction.
#2. The Search YA SIN
Second in the series about five cloned children, each created from the genes of a different person as part of a DNA experiment. Two strangers come to town, ostensibly to interview Eric and his family for a news show on adoption. Could these mysterious visitors be the evil doctors his friends warned him about? He must contact the other clones before it's too late.
#3. The Truth YA SIN
Nothing prepares Allison for the shock of meeting the woman she was cloned from. A gorgeous model, Cressida Ray has no idea that she and her teenage look-a-like share the exact same genes. Allison wonders if she should tell Cressida the truth--and soon finds that someone will go to great lengths to keep her quiet. 3rd in the series.

Smith, Charles R. Tall Tales: Six Amazing Basketball Dreams j SMI
In this oversized picture book filled with bright, bold graphics and surreal color photos, rhythmic storyteller Smith spins a few yarns that are so outlandish yet so convincing readers are left to wonder if they are true.

Stratton, Allan. Leslie's Journal. 
In this novel, Stratton takes us into a teen world that reverberates with the emotion and tension of a relationship gone wrong. Here is a book that examines the adolescent girl's deep need for affirmation as a sexually attractive being and how the drive for that affirmation can lead to unimaginable consequences. 

Sweeney, Joyce. Players. 
Corey is a senior and the captain of his high school basketball team. He and his team have played together for years, and they finally have a shot at winning the All-City Championship. They just need to fill one position to complete their second-string lineup. Noah is chosen for the spot. He's a newcomer to St. Philip's High and a top player at his old school. Corey is impressed by Noah's skills, but Corey's best friend, Luke, is suspicious. Noah is ambitious - dangerously ambitious. And after Noah meets Corey's girlfriend, Franny, it looks like he might be planning to score more than just game points. Corey knows that without cohesiveness his team can't win the all-city trophy. As captain, he struggles to deal with Noah's divisiveness and keep the team together and poised for victory. At the same time, as a friend, he tries to balance his loyalty to Luke, his mixed feelings toward Franny, and his desire to be fair to Noah. As the action heats up, Corey realizes that evil can be disguised as good, and he learns a difficult lesson about the difference between trust and naiveté.

Tarbox, Catherine. my story. YA 364.153 TAR
At age 13, Katherine Tarbox became the first victim to successfully prosecute a pedophile via the new Internet laws. Now 17, Katie recounts the courageous story of how the Internet has changed teen life.

Trueman, Terry. Stuck in Neutral. YA Trueman, T.
Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, family, and condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him. In this powerful novel, readers can learn to look beyond the obvious and find a character whose spirit is rich beyond imagination.

Turning Seventeen Series. 
Noonan, Rosalind. Any Guy You Want (#1) 
"Seventeen" magazine, the ultimate authority on teens, presents a new fiction series that follows the lives of four high-school girls turning 17: Kerri, Jessica, Erin, and Maya. Kerri makes a bet with her friends that she will get cute, popular Matt Fowler to ask her out. And she wins. But her plans backfire when Matt finds out about the bet.

Staub, Wendy Corsi. More Than This (#2).
Jessica is not the kind of girl who cheats on her boyfriend. And she loves Alex. Really. But Scott is totally amazing. Now she's not sure what kind of girl she is.

Roberts, Christa. For Real (#3).
Follow four high school heroines--Kerri, Jessica, Erin and Maya--during the most exciting time of their lives. There's love, friendship, and huge life decisions ahead. It's all about to happen --just as hey're turning seventeen. 

Craft, Elizabeth. Show Me Love (#4).
Erin is finally on her way to see Keith, but she can't stop thinking about Glen's kiss. It didn't really mean anything. Or did it?

Von Ziegesar, Cecily. SLAM. 
Poetry is cooler than ever, whether it's Maya Angelou or W. B. Yeats, Tupac Shakur or Sylvia Plath. Slams -- spoken word poetry readings -- are taking place in cities across the country. 
Slam contains the words of the famous, the infamous, the soon-to-be-famous, as well as the authentic and anonymous voices of real teenagers culled from From John Ashbury's thoughts on the creative process to Tori Amos' take on rhyme, rhythm, and reason, this book showcases not only these artists' poems, but their inspirations.
Brought to life with original artwork, photographs, and unique visual style, Slam speaks to the budding poet in every teen.

Wallace, Rich. Playing Without the Ball. YA WAL
Some might think Jay was cheated. By his mother, who walked out when he was 9. By his dad, who took a job a couple thousand miles away and let him stay above a bar in a one-room apartment. By the basketball coach who saw his talent but chose youth over determination. And even Jay's not sure whether this last year of high school in the small town of Sturbridge, Pennsylvania, will add up to anything. But he's not ready to let it go so fast either. And just when senior year seems a waste -- kissing the wrong girls, offending the right ones, playing basketball on a church league with other "rejects" -- life begins to click again. The church league gives him some of the best basketball he's ever played, and the right girl gives him a second chance. Jay may not know what he wants next out of life, but he's beginning to get a clue about how to play it.

Watson, Esther Pearl and Todd, Mark, Editors. The Pain Tree and other Teenage Angst-Ridden Poetry. YA 811 PAI
This is a book of original poetry by and for teens. Dramatic, plaintive, despairing, and hopeful, this unusual collection has been gathered together by artists Esther Pearl Watson and Mark Todd and dramatically illustrated with stunning paintings. The illustrators searched Web sites and sought the help of the editors of REACT and SEVENTEEN magazines to find poems by teenagers. When they had selected twenty-five poems, Mark illustrated the boys' poems, while Esther illustrated those written by girls.

Wilcox, Charlotte. Mummies, Bones & Body Parts.
Grade 5-9-This carefully researched, compassionate photo-essay addresses the discovery of human remains and the efforts made by scientists to date, identify, and discover their places in history. From desiccated mummies staring with empty eyes into eternity to dry bones and isolated body parts, forensic scientists, physical anthropologists, and paleontologists strain to decipher ancient messages whispering through time. Wilcox discusses the discoveries of a variety of remains (mostly ancient), the methods of their preservation, and the scientific techniques used in investigating them. The readable text also covers the attitudes of societies toward death and the reverence (or lack of it) by modern dis-interrers toward their finds. The complementary photos, mostly in color, have a high "ick!" factor that may disturb some readers. The gruesome quality of the subject will superficially attract aficionados of horror films and novels, but those with deeper interest will focus on the scientific inquiry that is the basis of the book. 

Winick, Judd. Pedro and Me. 
Pedro Zamora Changed Lives. When the HIV-positive AIDS educator appeared on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, he taught millions of viewers about being gay and living with AIDS. Pedro's roommate on the show was Judd Winick, a cartoonist from Long Island. They soon became close friends. Judd created Pedro and Me, a book in words and pictures, to honor Pedro Zamora, his friend and teacher, and most of all, an unforgettable human being.