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2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

The 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers was announced at Midwinter. The charge for this list is to select titles for “reluctant young adult readers,” who are defined as people who for “whatever reasons, do not like to read.” Any of you who are members of the CCBC Net listserv know that “reluctant readers” can mean many different things.

When the Quick Picks make their decisions about this list, they strive to include all types of reluctant readers. In considering the list the put together, teen appeal is important; teen input is encouraged.

It’s always interesting to see what a wide range of books are selected by Quick Picks; and also to see what books win the most YALSA awards/lists: literary (Printz), best (BFYA), and popular (Quick Picks). For nonfiction, with the change of BBYA to BFYA, the third list would be the Non Fiction vetted nominations list.

Check out the YALSA site for the full list, as well as the wonderful annotations for the books.

The Quick Pick books I’ve read:  

Benoit, Charles. You.HarperCollins/HarperTeen, 2010. My review.

Borris, Albert. Crash Into Me.Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2009. My review.

Henry, April. Girl Stolen: A Novel. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Henry Holt, 2010.

Myers, Walter Dean. Lockdown.HarperCollins/Amistad, 2010. My review.

Scott, Elizabeth. The Unwritten Rule.Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, 2010. My review.

Smith, Alexander Gordon. Solitary: Escape from Furnace. Macmillan Children’s Book Group/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. My review.

Teller, Janne. Nothing.Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2010. My review. Note this title was a Printz Honor and BFYA!

Neri, G. and Randy DuBurke. Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty. Lee & Low, 2010. My review.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. Mark Flowers says:

    I was very happy to see the Kimani Tru books on the list – I’ve found them to be a great collection development resource for my (majority African American) community.

    I was also a huge fan of Dirty Little Secrets and By the Time You Read This . . . – I was quite surprised that neither one got more attention, so it’s good to see them on this list.

  2. Mark, I love how varied this list is. There are books for all types of reluctant readers. I haven’t read either Dirty Little Secrets or By the Time You Read This yet. And I agree that Kimani Tru has been providing some terrific books. It’s nice that YALSA has different lists that recognize the different needs and wants of libraries & teens.

  3. Thanks for your post. I wasn’t aware of Quick Picks and I do love to cover books for reluctant readers though I am still working my way up to YA books. Great post!

    ps I have some posts on reluctant readers here though it is more geared towards elementary school age kids: