Reluctant Reader Awards

Top Ten

Abel, Jessica, and Soria, Gabriel. Life Sucks. YA Graphic Novel ABE LIF
Vegetarian vampire looks for love.

Franzini, Michael. One Hundred Young Americans.
Photos and true stories, state by state.

Fulbeck, Kip. Permanence.
Behind every tattoo there’s a story..

Kuklin, Susan. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row. YA 364.66 KUK
Teen inmates: raw and uncensored.

McMann, Lisa. Wake. YA MCM
Stranded in other people’s dreams..
Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people's dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

Redd, Nancy Amanda. Body Drama.
Real girls, real bodies, real issues, real answers.

Scalin, Noah. Skulls.
From bread slices to garbage bags.

Shiraz, Yasmin. Retaliation.
Everyone’s involved when one girl gets jumped.

Smits, Kim and Maat, Matthijs. Custom Kicks
Sneak peek at cool sneaks.

Willin, Melvyn. Ghosts: Caught on Film.
Believe it or not.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2009
(the rest of the list)


Bodeen, S.A. The Compound. YA BOD
They never thought the world would come to an end.
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

Booth, Coe. Kendra.
Looking for love in all the wrong places.

Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games. YA COL
A survivor game, gone deadly.
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Divine, L. Drama High, (series). YA DIV
Drama, drama, drama.
Looks like navigating the halls at the predominantly white South Bay High is going to take a whole new set of street smarts--and with so much against them, can Jayd and Jeremy's romance stand up to the critics at Drama High?

Fahy, Thomas. The Unspoken. YA FAH
Cursed with your greatest fear.

Fields, Terri. My Father’s Son. YA FIE
Wearing the face of serial killer is tough.

Giles, Gail. Right Behind You. YA GIL
Life is rough; living with the knowledge you killed a kid.
After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but not only has trouble fitting in, he finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood.

Golden, Christopher. Poison Ink. YA GOL
Group tattoos gone bad.

Hernandez, David. Suckerpunch.
Roadtrip with gun.

High, Linda Oatman. Planet Pregnancy.
Adopting, keeping and leaping.

Hopkins, Ellen. Identical. YA HOP
Taboo, which twin has it worse?

James, Brian. Thief. YA JAM
Foster kids forced to steal.
With brutal honesty and striking lyricism, the author of "Pure Sunshine" creates an unforgettable character in Elizabeth, a pickpocket and thief living on the edge in New York City.

Jordan, Dream. Hot Girl.
Things you want sometimes costs you more than you want to pay.

Kern, Peggy. No Way Out.
Bluford High kid desperate for money.

Kropp, Paul. Behind the Door.
Trapped without a door.

Krovatin, Christopher and Yates, Kelly (Illus). Venomous.
When rage is in your blood.

Langan, Paul. Schooled.
Bluford boy has NBA dreams.

Mac, Carrie. Pain & Wastings.
Facing life with death.

Mancusi, Mari. Gamer Girl. YA MAN
Avatar or the real you?
Struggling to fit in after her parents' divorce sends her from Boston to her grandmother's house in the country, sixteen-year-old Maddy forms a manga club at school and falls in love through an online fantasy game.

McDaniel, Lurlene. Prey. YA MCD
Who’s using whom?
Told from their separate points of view, fifteen-year-old Ryan has a secret affair with his thirty-three-year-old history teacher at an Atlanta high school, and his best friend Honey becomes determined to uncover the reason he is increasingly distant.

McDonnell, Margot. Torn to Pieces. YA MCD
When mom disappears, secrets are revealed.

Mead, Richelle. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Novel. YA MEA
Love and jealousy collide.
While on a school skiing trip, guardian-in-training Rose faces everything from misunderstandings between friends to fights among factions of Moroi as reports of horrific Strigoi attacks raise tensions, ultimately leading Rose and some of those closest to her into a battle that teaches her much about life, death, and love.

Millner, Denene and Miller, Mitzi. Hotlanta (Series).
Atlanta just got hotter.

Neri, G. Chess Rumble.
Real life battles, chess style.

Olsen, Sylvia. Middle Row.
When you are not where you are supposed to be…

Pauley, Kimberly. Sucks to Be Me: The All-True Confessions of Mina Hamilton, Teen Vampire (Maybe). YA PAU
It bites when your parents are vampires.
When sixteen-year-old Mina is forced to take a class to help her decide whether or not to become a vampire like her parents, she also faces a choice between her life-long best friend and the boy she has a crush on versus new friends and possible boyfriends in her mandatory "vampire lessons."

Perez, Marlene. Dead is the New Black.
Latest accessory: a mini-coffin..

Reisz, Kristopher. Unleashed. YA REI
Why be a human, when you can be a werewolf?
When the pressure of perfection wears on Daniel Morning, he finds himself falling for the rebellious Misty, who can shapeshift, but Daniel soon finds the freedom he is looking for while prowling the night as a wolf comes with a price.

Schroeder, Lisa. I Heart You, You Haunt Me. YA SCH
Imagine having your dead boyfriend “living” at your house.

Schumacher, Julie. Black Box. YA SCH
Depression, close to home.
When Dora Elena’s older sister, is diagnosed with depression and has to be admitted to the hospital, Elena can’t seem to make sense of their lives anymore. At school, the only people who acknowledge Elena are Dora’s friends and Jimmy. Elena will do anything to help her sister get better and get their lives back to normal—even when the responsibility becomes too much to bear.

Scott, Elizabeth. Living Dead Girl. YA SCO
Painful to the end.

Sitomer, Alan Lawrence. The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez. YA SIT
Sonia is everything to everyone except herself.
Tenth-grader Sonia reveals secrets about her life and her Hispanic family as she studies hard to become the first Rodriguez to finish high school.

Snow, Carol. Switch. YA SNO
Shocked into a gorgeous body.

Stolarz, Laurie Faria. Project 17. YA STO
Teens and an abandoned insane asylum take on a Blair Witch twist.
When six high school students sneak into an abandoned mental institution to make a film about their night there, they do not expect the inexplicable and terrifying events that keep occuring within the crumbling, maze-like building, causing them to question themselves and, ultimately, to make different choices about the course of their lives.

Taylor, Brooke. Undone. YA TAY
Losing a friend—inheriting a friend’s to-do list

Trondheim, Lewis. Kaput and Zosky.
Two rotten aliens coming to a planet near you.

Varrato, Tony. Fakie. YA VAR
New town, new identity, same danger.
The Witness Relocation Program has changed the identities of Alex and his mother repeatedly, and they need to keep running to stay one step ahead of his enemies

Varrato, Tony. Outrage.
Bad days sometimes just get worse.

Weaver, Will. Saturday Night Dirt. YA WEA
One night can make a difference at the speedway.


Badillo, Steve and Werner, Doug. Skateboarding: Legendary Tricks.
Skateboarding, trick by trick.

Black, Holly and Naifeh, Ted (Illus.). Good Neighbors: Kin. YA Graphic Novel BLA GOO
Problem parents and faeries.

Boos, Ben. Swords: An Artist’s Devotion. YA 623.4 BOO
Amazing blades.

Bower, Crai S. and Millard, Travis (illus). Farts: A Spotter’s Guide.
SBD’s and more: full sound effects.

Bowman, Robin (photographer). It’s Complicated: The American Teenager.
414 intriguing portraits.

Carey, Percy and Wimberly, Ronald (Illus.). Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm.
Sesame Street to drug dealer to rap star.

Comickers Magazine. Comickers Art 2: Create Amazing Manga Characters. YA 741.59 COM
Essential guide for all aspiring manga artists.

Conley, Erin Elisabeth. Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In. YA 646.7 CON
When fitting in isn’t what you want.

D’Arcy, Sean. Freestyle Soccer Tricks.
Bend it like Beckham and then some.

Ecclesine, Patrick. Faces of Sunset Boulevard.
LA comes alive.

Editors of Cosmogirl. All the Questions About Hair, Makeup, Skin & More.
Your beauty questions answered.

Eminem. The Way I Am. 781.649 EMI
In his own words.
The rap artists shares his private reflections, drawings, handwritten lyrics, and never-before-seen photographs.

Fardon, John. Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World's Best-Kept Secrets. YA 031.02 FAR
South Park meets World Book.
Presents a collection of unusual facts, secrets, and unsolved mysteries from around the world, from Paris' hidden tunnels, to the mystery of the the Roswell crash site in New Mexico, and to secret documents contained in the Vatican library.

Franco, Betsy (Ed.) Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. YA 811.6 FAL
Love in their words.

Garza, Mario. More Stuff on My Cat: 2x the Stuff +2x the Cats =4x the Awesome.
Feline hijinks.

Greenberg, Steve. Gadget Nation: A Journey Through the Eccentric World of Invention. Quirky innovations and inventions.

Haden, Christen. Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More!
Make your own zombie.

Hague, Michael. In the Small.
When predator becomes prey.

Harrison, Ian. Take Me to Your Leader: Weird, Strange, and Totally Useless Information. 031.02 HAR
Trivia and pop culture, strange but true.
Offers a visual study of pop culture, trivia, and strange-but-true tales that cover everything from popular urban myths to the best and the worst of the worlds of sports, music, politics, and modern life.

Horowitz, Anthony and Johnston, Antony. Point Blank: The Graphic Novel. YA GRAPHIC NOVEL HOR ALE
Alex Rider in full color.
Alex Rider, teenage superspy, infiltrates the mysterious Point Blanc Academy, armed with only a false ID and a set of disguised gadgets. Can he alert the world to what he finds out before it's too late?

Hudson, Noel. The Brand Name Book.
The good, the bad, and the shocking.

Khidekel, Marina. The Quiz Life.
The real you, revealed.

Kibuishi, Kazu. Flight: Vol. 4. -
Short stories go graphic.

King, Dennis. Art of Modern Rock: Mini #1: A-Z.

Li, Yishan. 500 Manga Creatures. YA 741.5 500
Chibis, dragons and manga mania!

The Manga University Culinary Institute and Hattori, Chihiro. The Manga Cookbook.
Japanese cooking, manga-style.

Ngo, Karen. Indognito.
Doggies in costumes= irresistible.

O’Meara, Donna. Volcano: A Visual Guide.
Lava flowing around the world.

Paglen, Trevor. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me. -
Military secrets revealed.

Peckham, Aaron. Mo’Urban Dictionary: Ridonkulous Street Slang Defined.
Holla! A funky, fresh fularious book.

Powell, Ben. Skateboarding Skills: The Reader’s Guide.
All the moves, tricks and tips to get you skating.

Reber, Deborah. Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You.
Relax, take a deep breath…and chill.

Saffel, Steve. Spider-Man, The Icon.
A ginormous visual feast.

Sanchez, Reymundo and Rodriguez, Sonia. Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen.
The titles says it all.

Shapiro, Bill. Other People's Love Letters: 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See.
Voyeuristic valentines.

Smith, Larry and Fershleiser, Rachel. Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure. 920 NOT
Short quips summarizing life.

Spears, Rick and BB, Chuck (Illus.). Black Metal, Vol. 1. 2
Death Metal misfits invade suburbia.

Steinberger, Major Aimee. Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan.
The ultimate J-pop fan’s travel book.

Tanen, Sloan and Hagen, Stefan. Appetite for Detention.
Move over peeps, these chicks are cute!

Wilson, Daniel H. How to Build a Robot Army: Tips on Defending the Earth Against Alien Invaders.
Robot allies are in your future.

Zinczeko, David. Eat This, Not That!. 613.2 ZIN
Look at a pie chart in a whole new way.
Simple, illustrated guide to hundreds and hundreds of foods--along with the nutrition secrets that lead to fast and permanent weight loss.