19 April 2012

Q is for YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers List

For April I'm Blogging the Alphabet through YA Book Awards!  Find out more Here!

YALSA's Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers List is a list generated by a committee of YALSA members (names available at the top of each year's list).  Anyone can suggest a title on the YALSA website.  It is intended to be a list of books that young readers "will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read."1  The 100+ book list is separated into fiction and nonfiction and has a great variety of genres and subjects.  The association has generated a list since 1996, and a top ten list since 1997.  All prior years are available on YALSA's website.

2012 Top Ten List:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

2012 List:
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Zombie High Yearbook '64 by Jeff Busch
A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
Clarity by Kim Harrington
Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Divergent by Veronica Roth

1 http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpicks/2012


  1. I know, I know, I am so old fashioned, but couldn't there be a classic book somewhere in the list?

    1. Well, since the 2012 list is for books that debuted in 2011 it's hard to find a book that became a "classic" in less than a year . . .

  2. I haven't read any of these. Being interested in young adult books, however, I'll have to check some of them out.

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