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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 27 Edition

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The Girl in the White Van by April Henry
Henry Holt & Co. / Macmillan
Publication Date: July 28, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250157591

Savannah is tired of moving every time her mom finds a new boyfriend and she’s finally happy living in Portland where she attends Kung Fu classes and is making friends. After a fight with her mom’s boyfriend, Savannah is kidnapped from a parking lot and must rely on her wits and self defense skills to try to escape–and help the other girl her kidnapper has also abducted.

This thriller is fast paced and action packed; readers are pulled immediately into the conflicts in Savannah’s life and then the frightening events of her abduction.  Although the book shifts points of view, including chapters from Savannah, Jenny (another kidnapped girl), family members, etc. the point of view changes only heighten the suspense of the book.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 20 Edition

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All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn
Imprint / Macmillan Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
ISBN: 978-1250158178

17-year-old Tabby Cousins and boyfriend Mike set out on a dangerous hike to picnic at a well-known lookout point. A shaking, bloody Tabby returns hours after dark, telling everyone that Mike fell from the mountain ledge. Mike was the town’s star athlete attending Princeton on a swimming scholarship, while Tabby is considered aggressive and “trashy.” Their passionate, obsessive relationship is the subject of gossip and speculation in small-town Coldcliff, Colorado, and as a criminal case against Tabby unfolds everyone quickly develops their own theory on what happened in the woods. 

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 13 Edition

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The Loop by Ben Oliver
Chicken House / Scholastic, Inc.
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN: 978-1338589306

Trapped in the Loop—a brutal juvenile prison run by an artificial intelligence known as Happy—for 736 days, 16-year-old Luka Kane is on death row. His only chance of survival is to participate in potentially fatal medical trials in exchange for a delayed execution date. After a medical trial turns half of Luka’s fellow teen inmates into crazed killers, a sudden electrical outage in the Loop gives the frightened survivors a rare shot at escape. But their journey into the war-torn city is fraught with peril as they are hunted by the military forces, deranged citizens, and one another.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, October 6 Edition

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The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton
Page Street Kids/Page Street Publishing Co.
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
ISBN: 978-1624149528

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton is a contemporary young adult novel about Kit Sweetly, and she wants to be a knight!  Working at a Medieval Times-esque dinner show (a.k.a the Castle), Kit serves as a wench because company policy says only guys can be knights. When she takes her brother’s place in the show one night and reveals her identity, she throws down the gauntlet to change the rules at the Castle.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, September 29 Edition

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Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Brazer + Bray / Harper Collins
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-0062996480

Amal Shahid was in the wrong place, at the wrong time. Now he is incarcerated for a crime he did not commit. Amal is a victim of the justice system with only his mother for support and his art to give him hope. While the truth is currently in a coma, will Amal receive justice before it is too late?

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.

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.  

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

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.

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.