YALSA - 2012 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers

The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, 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. The 2012 list features 117 titles. "There is something here for everyone, from our struggling readers in middle school to the overscheduled young adult looking for a really good read," said Chairwoman Heather Gruenthal. "I am really proud of this year's committee for their work with teen groups from across the country and coming up with such a diverse list. Only on Quick Picks can you find zombies, superheroes, gangs, ghost hunters, murderers, monsters, goth girls, baby animals, gross facts, and sports heroes all in the same place.”
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Death Sentence (2011)

Written by Alexander Gordon Smith

Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penetentiary has failed. This time his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster.

As the warden pumps something evil into his veins--a sinisterly dark nectar--Alex becomes what he most fears . . . a superhuman minion of Furnace. How can he escape when the darkness is inside him? How can he lead the way to freedom if he is lost to himself? This book is recommended for young adults ages 12 and up. (Copyright © Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan. All rights reserved.)

Souce:  Macmillan Publishers.

Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series, including Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives and Execution. He was born in 1979 in Norwich, England. He studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and it was here that he first explored his love of publishing. His first book, The Inventors (2007), written with his then nine-year-old brother Jamie which was runner-up in the national Wow Factor Award. He also wrote two creative writing handbooks, Inspired Creative Writing and Writing Bestselling Children's Books, a number of screenplays that are currently in development, several non-fiction books and hundreds of short stories and articles ranging from Scooby Doo comic strips to world atlases, Midsomer Murders to X-Files. 

Along with poet Luke Wright, he founded Egg Box Publishing, a groundbreaking magazine and press that promotes talented new authors. He is also the co-owner of Fear Driven Films, a production company filming its first feature.

Smith is also the founder of Inkling Studios, a brand new venture which specialises in creating books, films, television programmes and computer games for children and young adults. He actively encourages people of all ages to read and write, and runs creative writing talks and workshops across the world. In 2009, he was named by the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of the most promising young entrepreneurs in the United Kingdom. He lives in England.

Source:  http://www.alexandergordonsmith.com & http://us.macmillan.com.

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