YALSA 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Did you miss YALSA’s announcing their pick for 2019 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers?

The Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list identifies titles aimed at encouraging reading among teens who dislike to read for whatever reason. The list selects both fiction and nonfiction.  Select a link below to view the full annotated Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers lists. (Source)


  • Acevedo, ElizabethThe Poet X. HarperTEEN/ HarperCollins. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 9780062662804. 
  • Anderson, Laurie Halse and Emily Carroll (Illustrator)Speak: The Graphic Novel. Macmillan/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers. Illus. 2018. $19.99. ISBN: 978-0374300289. 
  • Greenwald, Tommy. Game Changer. ABRAMS/ Amulet Books. 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1419731433. 
  • Krosoczka, Jarrett. Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction. Scholastic Press/ Graphix. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-0545902472. 
  • McNeil, Gretchen#MurderTrending. Disney Book Group/ Freeform Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1368010023. 


  • Reynolds, Jason. Track series (Sunny [vol. 3] and Lu [vol. 4]). Simon and Schuster/ Atheneum/ Caitlin Dlouhy Books. 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1481450218 (Sunny) and 978-1481450249 (Lu). 
  • Saeed, AishaAmal Unbound. Penguin Random House/ Nancy Paulsen Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-0399544682. 
  • Stiefel, Chana. Animal Zombies!: And Other Blood-Sucking Beasts, Creepy Creatures, and Real-Life Monsters. National Geographic/ NatGeo Kids. 2018. $14.99. ISBN: 978-1426331497. 
  • Summers, CourtneySadie. Macmillan/ St. Martin’s Press/ Wednesday Books. 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1250105714. 
  • Wang, JenThe Prince and the Dressmaker. Macmillan/ Roaring Brook Press/ First Second. 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-1626723634. 


You can also visit YALSA’s official list here.

Want to check out all of the nominees? Click here.

Want to show them off in your library? Click here to print the info graphic below.

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