Thursday, January 30, 2020

Reluctant YA Readers

The 2020 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list has been announced!

"For the 2020 list, team bloggers read a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, in multiple formats, to establish a diverse list that reflects student interest," said coordinator Lorrie Roussin.

64 titles were selected from the 133 official nominations. The list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read.

Here are the Top 10:

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Sophie's looking forward to Christmas alone. While her parents stay with her very pregnant sister, she will cuddle up to longtime boyfriend Griffin. But then she overhears Griffin telling a friend that he's tired of her. A devastated Sophie heads to her grandmother's house, where the family she grew up around is waiting with a plan: 10 family members will send her on blind dates.

Belly Up by Eva Darrows

Seventeen-year-old Serendipity hooks up with a cute stranger at a party, partially to spite her cheating ex-boyfriend, and becomes pregnant. When she decides to keep the baby, her plans to attend an Ivy League college turn to ash, but fortunately she has a strong support group of family and friends.

The Haunted by Danielle Vega

Clean slate. That's what Hendricks Becker-O'Malley's parents said when they moved their family to the tiny town of Drearfield, New York. Hendricks wants to lay low and forget her dark, traumatic past. But things don't go as planned. Hendricks learns from new friends at school that Steele House, the fixer upper her parents are so excited about, is notorious in town. Local legend says it's haunted.

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

All it takes is one prescription to kick-start a student athlete's frightening descent into opioid addiction.

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable

Amanda's seemingly perfect life is turned upside down when she realizes she has a crush on her best friend, Cat, and uncovers a secret held by her father that could tear the family apart.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole world. They say goodbye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1st. But this Halloween is different. Josiah and Deja are finally senior, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last goodbye. Josiah's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn't ready to let him.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

While true-crime aficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.

The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett

After getting away with murder, Grant Tavish plans his own form of justice. However, before he can act upon it a cave system collapse traps him and four other teenagers below the surface, where they soon discover that they aren't alone.

UNpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan

Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she'd want to fail a test. That is, until she finds herself staring at a piece of plastic with two solid pink lines, bringing a college-bound future in to question.

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories From Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala

Yousafzai recounts her own refugee journey, as well as those of girls and women from political hot spots and war-torn countries. All refugees seeking a safe place to call home. Separated from family members and threatened by attack, they forge on in their struggle to survive.

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