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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Two the Hard Way (2010)

Written by Travis Hunter

Coming up in the inner city, Kwame and Romeo Braxton never had anyone except their Nana and each other. So when big brother Kwame caught two years for doing nothing but keeping the wrong kind of friends, their lives were turned upside down. And things are about to get shaken up one more time…

Romeo is seventeen and the star quarterback for the Tucker Tigers. He gets all the attention he can handle from the honeys—and the big-time college football programs. Deciding where to take a scholarship should be Romeo's biggest problem, but these days it's the last thing on his mind…

Not only is Kwame finally getting out of jail, their absentee mother Pearl is back on the scene, and Rome's girl Ngiai says she's ready to get serious. Oh, and a couple of thugs beat Pearl nearly to death and wrecked Nana's crib.

With everything in their lives out of control, Kwame and Rome are at a serious crossroads. Now they'll have to decide who's really got their backs, and what kind of future they're ready to step up to… This book is recommended for young adults ages 14 and up. (Copyright © Dafina/Kensington. All rights reserved.) 

Source:  Kensington Publishing Corp.

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