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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How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous (2011)

Written by Georgia Bragg

Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley

Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost.

For example:

It is believed that Henry VIII's remains exploded within his coffin while lying in state. 
Doctors "treated" George Washington by draining almost 80 ounces of blood before he finally kicked the bucket. 
Right before Beethoven wrote his last notes, doctors drilled a hole in his stomach without any pain medication.

Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911. This book is recommended for preteens ages 10 and up. (Copyright © Walker Childrens/Bloomsbury. All rights reserved.)

Souce:  Bloomsbury Publishing.

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