No time to read? Have a hard time finding a book? Try one of these quick reads, all published within the past year.
Little Fish: A memoir of a different kind of year
by Ramsey Beyer
Ramsey is growing up in the tiny town of Paw Paw, Michigan, where everything and everyone are familiar. When she turns eighteen, Ramsey heads for a big city experience in Baltimore. She tells her story using varied formats such as sequential art and typewritten lists. A gentle introduction to the first year away from home.
Rapture Practice: A memoir
by Aaron Hartzler
Aaron Hartzler begins his life story by telling the readers about his family: “We believe that Jesus is coming back.” Aaron has been prepared for the Rapture since a young boy, and carefully follows the restrictions imposed by his devoutly Christian parents. Until…they just stop making sense. A humorous story of Aaron’s mild rebellion during his high school years.
by S. A. Bodeen
How cool is it to live on Midway, a tiny island in the Pacific Ocean, a place so small there isn’t even a school? Roby knows that it’s not quite as cool as it sounds, which is why she sometimes hops a cargo plane and flies to Hawaii. On a return trip, however, the plane goes down. Roby is alone in the middle of the ocean, and no one alive even knows she was on the plane.
by Niall Leonard
Finn comes home and finds his father dead in a pool of blood. The police want to pin the murder on him, so Finn figures that he can only clear his name if he finds the real killer. The problem is, the killer is going to make sure Finn never finds the truth, even if it means Finn must face his own death.
by Tracy Deebs
In a neat twist on the Pandora’s Box myth, seventeen year-old Pandora has promised her mother that she will never open an email from her long-missing father. But there it is, on Pandora’s seventeenth birthday, a Happy Birthday email. Since Pandora’s mother seems to have forgotten her birthday altogether, Pandora opens the email. At the end of the email is a link with the power to destroy the world.
by Liz Coley
Angie Chapman still believes that she is thirteen years-old, the age she was when abducted from a Girl Scout camping trip. In reality, three years have passed; three years that Angie has no memory of at all. When the truth begins to emerge, it becomes apparent that Angie’s psyche was so traumatized that separate personalities emerged to protect her from her ordeal.
Kindness for Weakness
by Shawn Goodman
When James attempts to win the love of his brother by selling drugs for him, he is arrested and sentenced to a year in a juvenile detention center. James, a gentle boy by nature, begins to understand that yielding to others in a setting as viscous as the detention center is a quick form of suicide.
All of the books listed above are nominations for the 2014 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, a committee compiled of young adult librarians under the auspices of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) division of the American Library Association.
The final list will be available after the announcement of the Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference. The Youth Media Awards include books that have demonstrated high literary merit (such as the Newbery Award, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and the Printz Award,) as well as lists of recommended books, audiobooks, and movies. The 2014 announcements will be at 7:00 AM CT on Monday, January 27.