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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 22 Edition

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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Brown
Bloomsbury YA / Bloomsbury
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1547603879

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella met Prince Charming, but for the young women of Mersailles, life is no fairy tale. Teen girls are required to attend an Annual Ball, and those not selected for marriage are “forfeit,” never to be seen again. Rejected by her childhood love, Erin, Sophia escapes the Ball and searches for a way to end the King’s toxic patriarchal rule forever.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 15 Edition

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You Should See Me in a Crown by  Leah Johnson
Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: June 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781338503265

Liz is an awkward senior in high school who gets good grades, plays in the school band and has a small group of friends, but she has always felt different. Liz is poor, Black, queer, has anxiety, and is far from being part of the in-crowd. She dreams of going to college, but when money she was counting on falls through she must step far outside of her comfort zone in order to win a scholarship by running for Prom queen. And in this small town, Prom is serious business. She is thrust into the spotlight, has to spend time with an old frenemy, and falls for the competition.  

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 8 Edition

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The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert
Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: July 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1368053297

Marva rescues Duke and his little sister when his car won’t start. After this “meet cute” introduction, Marva and Duke spend an eventful day racing around Los Angeles to get Duke to the right polling place before it’s too late. Told in chapters alternating between the two main characters, the day begins with a debate of their different perspectives on citizenship and activism. As they get to know each other, they open up about more personal topics, like their plans and ambitions, families, friendships, and romantic relationships – both past and maybe-soon-to-be-past.

The action kicks off right away and keeps going as the clock ticks down to eight p.m., when the polls close. Current political issues are naturally part of a novel set on Election Day; rather than distracting from the story, these issues touch the characters’ lives in a way that raises the stakes and moves the plot forward.

This is a good choice for teens who like “rom coms” and stories like The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and Just One Day by Gayle Forman.

–Barb Dinan

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 1 Edition

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Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
Wednesday Books / St. Martin’s Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
ISBN: 9781250315892

Ollie’s summer in North Carolina turns into a semi-permanent adventure when he and his parents stay on into the fall to help his ailing aunt (who is dying of cancer) to take care of her family. Collinswood High is not nearly as progressive as his previous school in California, but senior Ollie is determined not to hide his sexuality from his peers. His summer crush and brief fling, Will Tavares, materializes at the school as a popular but closeted jock, and while Ollie pins his hopes on rekindling their spark, he is faced with the decision to be true to himself or accept a hidden romance in order to experience the excitement of first love.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, August 25 Edition

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Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence by Joel Christian Gill
Oni Press
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
ISBN: 978-1549303357

Joel Christian Gill tells his life story in this stunning graphic memoir that does not shy away from the sometimes brutal fights and life lessons Gill faced before becoming the father, artist, and author he is today.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, August 18 Edition

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Golden Arm by Carl Deuker
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN:978-0358012429

Talented pitcher Lazarus’s life feels like it’s falling apart: his high school’s baseball team is disbanded, the trailer park where his family lives is about to be demolished, and his brother Antonio has gotten involved with the neighborhood drug dealer. Given the opportunity to play baseball at Laurelhurst, a private school across town and a world away from Laz’s troubled neighborhood, Laz moves in with a teammate’s wealthy family. Laz quickly becomes a regional star with a real chance at the major league draft, but his brother’s choices threaten his chances of success.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, August 11 Edition

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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
Harper Teen / Harper Collins
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062918055

Brett is a popular jock and all around nice guy with a seemingly perfect life. Becca is a smart, quiet, hard-working girl who flies under the radar. Becca’s more interested in reading about love than experiencing it herself, and Brett’s priorities have been football and pleasing his father. The two start a fake relationship that evolves into the real deal.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, August 4 Edition

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Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062820273

Felix, a high school senior who is trans, is enrolled in an elite summer art program in New York City. When an unknown classmate hangs pictures of Felix in their school’s lobby–personal, pre-transition photos, captioned with his deadname–Felix is devastated. Reeling with anger, he sets up a catfishing scheme to get back at the person who he thinks is responsible. In the process of uncovering the truth, Felix is pulled into a love triangle and grapples with feelings of being unworthy of love.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, July 28 Edition

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Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Graphix/ Scholastic
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-1338617436

When Charlie meets Nick in his new homeroom class, they immediately hit it off.  A fun and supportive friendship ensues; Charlie who is openly gay knows he has a crush on Nick who he assumes is straight.  Nick can’t stop thinking about Charlie and how great he is–which leads him to wonder what it means about himself…could he be gay too? 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, July 21 Edition

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Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062803375

Marin is confused and angry when her favorite teacher, Mr. Beckett, tries to kiss her. Upon reporting his bad behavior to the principal, Marin is further harassed and ostracized by classmates. Even her best friend, Chloe, suggests that perhaps Marin encouraged Beckett’s advances.  Marin begins to push back against a host of unfair–and often unspoken–rules for being a girl, but will others join her crusade?

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