Reluctant Reader Awards
1998

No Top 10 list this year.


Nonfiction

Aaseng, Nathan. Poisonous Creatures. 
The world's deadliest creatures. They bite, they sting, they suck. Describes various species from every animal family that use some kind of venom to protect themselves or as a means of acquiring food.

Blum, Mark. Beneath the Sea in 3-D. 
Check out the sea in 3-D.

Branzei, Sylvia. Grossology Begins at Home: The Science of Really Gross Things in Your Everyday Life. 
No one is ever home alone. Meet your real roommates. 

Canfield, Jack and others. Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning. YA 158.1 CHI 
Comfort food for your mind and heart. This batch of Chicken Soup contains important lessons on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, the value of respect for oneself and others, and much more.

Coville, Bruce. William Shakespeare's Macbeth. A simplified prose retelling of Shakespeare's play about a man who kills his king after hearing the prophesies of three witches.
Double, double; illustrated trouble.

Fletcher, Ralph. Ordinary Things: Poems from a Walk in Early Spring
The things we hardly notice give the most pleasure. Thirty-three poems reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary things found during a walk to and through the woods, and offer glimpses into how observation of the everyday fuels a young poet's creativity. Clotheslines, stone walls, streams, birches, leaves -- even a Volkswagen Beetle -- shine in a different light when seen through the poet's lens.

Fogle, Bruce. Dachshundj 636.7 FOG
Covering every aspect of dog care, a full profile of the breed, day-to-day welfare, training, grooming, and exercise, this book includes full-cover photos. It also features a chapter on breeding

Fogle, Bruce. Poodle. j 636.7 FOG
Covering every aspect of dog care, a full profile of the breed, day-to-day welfare, training, grooming, and exercise, this book includes full-cover photos. It also features a chapter on breeding

Fogle, Bruce. The Encyclopedia of the Cat. 
Everything you want to know about cats, wild and domestic. An internationally noted animal behavior expert and author of "Know Your Cat" and "The Encyclopedia of the Dog" delivers a photographic celebration of the cat, covering the evolution, cultural history and care of all cat breeds and color varieties. Over 1,300 color illustrations make this the definitive guide to the feline world. 

Gates, Phil. The History News: Medicine. 
Get the scoop on everything from leeches to lasers. Presents in newspaper format the stories of breakthroughs in medicine in many different cultures and lands from the year 8000 B.C. to the 1990s.

Glenn, Mel. Jump Ball: A Basketball Season in PoemsYA 811 GLE
One basketball season changes the life of a town. Tells the story of a high school basketball team's season through a series of poems reflecting the feelings of students, their families, teachers, and coaches.

Glenn, Mel. The Taking of Room 114: A Hostage Drama in Poems. 
Who is holding the class of graduating seniors hostage, and why? A series of poems reflect the thoughts of school officials, parents, police, and especially a class of seniors who have been taken hostage by their high school history teacher.

Greenfield, Lauren. Fast Forward: Growing up in the Shadow of Hollywood.  See L.A. teens—from Beverly Hills to South Central L.A. 

Hampton, Wilborn. Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns: A Reporter's Story. YA 364.1 HAM
A rookie reporter wonders if he can handle the story of a lifetime. Here is the astonishing story of a cub reporter who was in the Dallas U.P.I. office the day President Kennedy died. His riveting account reveals how he was swept into the white-hot core of a tragedy that would shake the world. It is also the minute-by-minute chronicle of how reporters collected the facts of the major news story of the 20th century.
I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Poems by African Americans. Rev. ed. Ed. by Arnold Adoff. 
Many voices speak of trial, triumph, and tragedy. 'I Am the Darker Brother' exposes the quintessential African American, a proud, lonely, vulnerable yet independent human being who has forged out of hardship that combination of endurance, understanding, and spirit called soul.

James, Laura. Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion
What does it take to become a champion figure skater? The 1996 World Figure Skating Champion discusses the rigors of competition, the importance of a strong support group, her love of ice skating, and her Olympic dream.

Janulewicz, Mike. Yikes! Your Body, Up Close! 
Mirror, mirror on the wall. What's the ugliest part of all? The wonders of the human body--larger than life! Microphotographs of the human body show skin, teeth, blood, bones, eyes, the stomach, and more in magnificent detail. An engaging guessing game-like text and surprising photos

King, Martin Luther. I Have a Dream
On August 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered a speech that moved and inspired America. This gloriously produced collectible book is the perfect way to remind everyone--young and old--that the dream must be kept alive.  Share King's dream with award-winning artists. 

Kleinbaum, Nancy H. The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold. 796.440922 KlE The tale of the Olympics' seven golden girls. These are the seven young women vaulted to Olympic glory by becoming the first United States gymnasts ever to win the Olympics. Together Amanda Borden, Amy Chow, Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller, Dominique Moceanu, Jaycie Phelps, and Kerri Strug delivered the most magical and dazzling night of the Centennial Olympic Games - and together they have become America's golden sweethearts. In The Magnificent Seven: The Authorized Story of American Gold, each gymnast tells how it felt on that dream-come-true Olympic night; how she got started in the sport; how she trained intensely for years; and all about her coaches, her family, her post-Olympic plans, and much more.

Kramer, Stephen. Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley. j 778.9 KRA
Inside a storm—exciting, awesome, scary. Storm chaser Warren Faidley discusses the techniques, dangers, and difficulties of photographing lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes.

Marschall, Ken. Inside the Titanic. Text by Hugh Brewster. j 910.45 MAR
It's big, it's fast, it sinks. Text and cut-away illustrations feature the stories of real-life children who sailed aboard the Titanic on the night of its disaster in the North Atlantic..

Mind Riot: Coming of Age in Comix. Ed. by Karen D. Hirsch. 
Mind Riot is essentially an introduction to underground comics, showcasing a host of artists out there attempting to push the limits of an art form past stereotypes and sugar-coated plots, until it reaches some center-of-truth.

Morgan, Rowland. In the Next Three Seconds. 
The clock keeps ticking. What's happening out there? Predicts events that will occur in the near and distant future, including "In the next three months, 1,000 households in Zimbabwe will be hooked up to solar electricity."

Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem. j 811 MYE
Colorful collages are combined with a poem. A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.

O'Grady, Scott and French, Michael. Basher Five-Two: The True Story of F-16 Fighter Pilot Captain Scott O'Grady. 
Shot down over Bosnia and trapped behind enemy lines. This is the amazing, true survival tale of an American Air Force pilot whose adult book, "Return With Honor", was a national bestseller. "Basher Five-Two" includes a photo insert with pictures of the captain as a child, as well as of his plane.

Peters, Mike. Grimmy: King of the Heap! 
Adventures of a garbage-eating dog. An all-new collection of the best "Grimmy" cartoons from the Pulitzer Prize- and Ruben Award-winning creator of "Mother Goose and Grimm". Grimmy's the king of all that he surveys--even if that's only the neighborhood's trash cans. He's Grimmy, the highly opinionated, wise-cracking, cat-terrorizing but always lovable bull terrier. 

Platt, Richard. Stephen Biesty's Incredible Everything. 
Cut-away illustrations and explanatory captions explain how such diverse objects as chocolate bars and cathedrals, false teeth and tanks are made.

Polk, Milbry. Egyptian Mummies: A Pop-Up Book. 
Ever wonder what's under that mummy's bandages? Now you can find out.

Rees, Dafydd and Crampton, Luke. Encyclopedia of Rock Stars. 
The inside scoop on every rock star you can think of! Covering four decades of rock music--with an eight- page spread of illustrations for the 1950s through 1990s --this rock compendium ranges widely through diverse sub-genres via chronological biographies of its luminaries (from Abba to Z.Z. Top).

Richards, Joy. The Fantastic Cutaway Book of Speed. 
Captioned illustrations provide information about some of the world's fastest vehicles on land, sea, and in the air and describes recent record-setting attempts.

Schroeder, Russell. Mickey Mouse: My Life in Pictures. 
A rodent speaks Mickey tells his own story in this amusing but slight, illustrated trifle. In a brief preface, readers learn how he met Walt Disney on a train heading back to California. The two of them hit it off immediately and Disney asked the mouse if he'd like to be in the movies. The remainder of the book details Mickey's career decade by decade, with very brief text and numerous captioned illustrations that show the various cartoon shorts, comic strips, TV programs, and feature films in which he appeared. The book includes photographs of animators and studio staff members as well as the various buildings on the Disney lot. 

Stine, R. L. It Came from Ohio: My Life as a Writer. J 921 STINE, R., Sti
Geek or ghoul? Who's the real person behind Goosebumps and Fear Street?

Tanaka, Shelley. Discovering the Iceman: What Was It Like to Find a 5,300-Year-Old Mummy? 
Just who was that 5,300-year-old guy in the ice? Recounts the discovery and examination of a 5,300-year-old man whose remains were found by hikers in the Alps in 1991 and explores how this discovery provides clues about the everyday life of our ancestors

Thomas, Velma Maia. Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation. 
Assume the role of a runaway slave, an unwilling traveler, and more in this interactive book.

"Whaddaya Doin' in There?": A Bathroom Companion (for Kids!). By the editors of Planet Dexter. You'll never be bored in the bathroom again.

Willson, Quentin. Classic American Cars. 
Classy pictures and great details. Celebrating 60 of America's best-loved automobiles, this full-color car show spotlights the most glamourous cars of the golden era from 1945-1975. The text, by the author of "The Ultimate Classic Car", and more than 680 lavish full-color photos reveal the design flourishes that make each car a classic

Fiction

Alten, Steve. Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. ALT
She makes Jaws look like a sardine. Carcharodon megalodon, prehistoric ancestors of the shark, survive in the abyss, trapped in place by seven miles of frigid ocean water. Paleontologist Jonas Taylor, helping a friend recover scientific sensing units that have been mysteriously damaged in the ocean trench, watches helplessly as the "Meg" that destroys his friend's capsule is then ripped to shreds by its mate--who then migrates to the surface. The female Meg is pregnant and hungry and far too large to be contained.

Anderson, M. T. Thirsty. 
Chris has tried water, milk, and juice, but only blood will quench his thirst. From the moment he knows that he is destined to be a vampire, Chris thirsts for the blood of people around him while also struggling to remain human.

Carter, Alden. Bull Catcher. YA CAR
Is there life after baseball? Pete and Jeff continue their friendship and love of baseball as they progress from ninth grade through high school in their small Wisconsin town.

Cole, Brock. The Facts Speak for Themselves. 
Linda's life has never been normal. Can it get worse? At the request of her social worker, thirteen-year-old Linda gradually reveals how her life with her unstable mother and her younger brother led to her rape and the murder she witnessed

Cooney, Caroline. The Terrorist. YA Mystery, Cooney, C.
Has someone you don't know recently handed you a package? Sixteen-year-old Laura, an American living in London, tries to find the person responsible for the death of her younger brother Billy, who has been killed by a terrorist bomb.

Cooney, Caroline. Wanted! 
Alice Robie's father has been murdered, and the police have an e-mail message in which Alice confesses to the crime. When her own mother suspects her, Alice has no choice but to flee in the hope of proving her innocence  Everyone thinks Alice murdered her dad. Where can she go? Who can she trust?

Cusick, Richie Tankersley. The Harvest. 
Buffy's life is "way" predictable: go to school, make new friends, slay the vampire, save the world. 

Draper, Sharon M. Forged by Fire. YA Award Draper, S.
Poverty and abuse engulf Gerald as surely as fire itself. Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.

Duncan, Lois. Gallows Hill. 
Telling fortunes can be terrifying, especially if they come true. When seventeen-year-old Sarah works in the fortune-telling booth at a school carnival, she finds that sometimes she can really see the future in the crystal ball, a talent that disturbs some of the other students and makes them suspect her of being a witch.

Fleischman, Paul. Seedfolks. YA Fleischman, P.
A garden beautifies a city block and city souls. One by one, a number of people of varying ages and backgrounds transform a trash-filled inner-city lot into a productive and beautiful garden, and in doing so, the gardeners are themselves transformed.

Giberga, Jane Sughrue. Friends to Die For. 
Sixteen-year-old Cristina is forced to evaluate her sophisticated world of elegant New York apartments, private schools, and rich friends when a girl she knows is murdered after a party they both attended.

Hogan, James P. Bug Park. Sci Fic HOG 
Using his father's breakthrough technology in direct neural interfacing, teenager Kevin Heber and his friend Taki have created a new entertainment medium--live action adventure in micro mechanical scale. "Bug Park" is the ultimate out of body experience. The trouble starts when someone decides to "squash" the idea--with the boys caught in the middle!

Jenkins, A. M. Breaking Boxes
Can you ever really know someone—even your best friend? When in the course of an unusual friendship Charlie reveals something confidential about his brother, he must decide if he can accept the risks of caring.

Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood and Chocolate. YA Klause, A.
Can the werewolf pack survive Vivian's love for a human boy? Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her “packmates “and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom.

Leaving Home. Ed. by Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z. McCampbell. 
Young people leave to discover the world beyond. Home is a thoughtful collection of stories and poems that bring us in touch with those emotions that overcome us when we hear the word "home." These stories and excerpts include especially powerful selections from Amy Tan, Tim Wynne-Jones, and Tim O'Brien. Together, these stories remind us of the importance of our roots.

Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted. YA Award, Levine, C.
Ella's gift turns out to be a curse. Will she ever get to "happily ever after"? In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

Morris, Winifred. Liar. (sound recording) j AC Spoken, MOR
No one believes Alex when he tries to turn his life around. Winifred Morris shows a true understanding of a youth caught in a life that seems to be headed for nowhere. The main character's internal struggle with his anger, need for love, fear of getting close, and desperate attempts to make a normal life for himself are so realistic that this story is sure to capture the attention of any adolescent

No Easy Answers: Short Stories about Teenagers Making Tough Choices. Ed. by Don R. Gallo. 
Sixteen teens ask, "What do I do now?" A collection of sixteen short stories, by Louise Plummer, M.E. Kerr, Jack Gantos, and others, about teenagers in situations that test their character

Paulsen, Gary. Sarny: A Life Remembered. 
At the end of the Civil War, Sarny heads for New Orleans, leaving slavery behind. The book is about a young woman named Sarny who was a slave for a long time. A war was occuring to either end slavery or keep continuing it. Her two children, Tyler and Delie were sold to a man named Chivington in New Orleans. Before Sarny's owner died, he freed her and she set out on a journey to find her children. She found them and were glad to see them.

Paulsen, Gary. The Schernoff Discoveries. YA Paulsen, G.
With a name like Harold Schernoff, you definitely need an edge. Surefire comedy erupts when social outcasts become unlikely best friends. Harold Schernoff, 14-year-old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making money. When he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan.

Petersen, P. J. White Water. J PET
A river rafting trip rapidly turns into a nightmare. Greg confronts his own fears and assumes a leadership role when his father is bitten by a rattlesnake during a white-water rafting trip.

Qualey, Marsha. Thin Ice. 
Arden refuses to believe that her older brother died in a snowmobile accident. Seventeen-year-old Arden has been raised by her older brother, Scott, since their parents died when she was just six years old, so when Scott is presumed drowned in a snowmobile accident, Arden is convinced he's really run away.

Shusterman, Neal. The Dark Side of Nowhere. YA Schusterman, N.
Jason's "normal" life changes when he discovers that he and his closest friends and their parents are aliens from a distant planet. For Jason Miller, Billington is the definition of dull until he finds out about a mysterious death that the town has been keeping secret--a dark secret that shatters his world and changes everything he knows about himself.

Skurzynski, Gloria. Virtual War. YA Skurzynski, G.
When war is fought in virtual reality, who does the fighting? In a future world where global contamination has necessitated limited human contact, three young people with unique genetically engineered abilities are teamed up to wage a war in virtual reality.

Sleator, William. The Beasties. YA Sleator, W.
Why are the Beasties taking parts of bodies? When fifteen-year-old Doug and his younger sister Colette move with their parents to a forested wilderness area, they encounter some weird creatures whose lives are endangered.

Soto, Gary. Buried Onions
Eddie fears the streets of Fresno after his cousin's murder. When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

Stoker, Bram. Dracula. YA Stoker, B.
The famous horror story and more. Bram Stoker's classic vampire story has haunted and disturbed the modern imagination for a hundred years. Blood, information, and hypnotic energy circulate furiously among the characters until the tale reaches its violent climax.

Thomas, Rob. Doing Time: Notes from the Undergrad. YA Thomas, R.
Doing 200 hours of community service feels like doing time in jail. Each of these ten short stories focuses on a high school student's mandatory 200 hours of community service and the youth's response to the required project.

Twelve Shots: Outstanding Stories about Guns. Ed. by Harry Mazer. YA TWE
Ammunition for a good read.

Vande Velde, Vivian. Curses, Inc., and Other Stories.  YA VAN
Magic, witches, and curses. These wonderful short stories are twisted, enjoyable fast reads that no Harry Potter fan should miss while waiting for book five to arrive. It has all kinds of witty witch stories, from the truly scary "Lost Soul" and "Past Sunset" to the laugh-out-loud funny "To Converse With the Dumb Beasts" and "Boy Witch." The off-the-wall fantasies engross readers from the beginning and don't let go even after the last page is turned.

Wersba, Barbara. Whistle Me Home. 
Seventeen-year-old Noli's dreams seem to have come true after meeting TJ, but something is missing. 

Williams, Carol Lynch. The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson. 
Abandoned by their mother, two sisters must make it on their own. Working together to attend school, see to their physical needs, and avoid a violently abusive mother, twelve-year-old Caity and her sister Kara find support from sympathetic friends and fear what will happen when their mother abandons them.