Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 29 Edition

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Simon & Louise by Max de Radiguès
Conundrum Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
(Originally published 2017 in France, Éditions Sarbacane)
ISBN: 978-1772620351

Young love is tested in this (translated) French graphic novel told from a “his” and “hers” perspective. Louise is heading to Montpelier for the summer with family, and the day after she leaves Simon receives a break-up text from her. In Simon’s story, he sneaks away from home and hitches a ride to Montpelier to find Louise and win her back. Her story reveals that her decision to break up with Simon was less black and white and more about testing out her feelings and what she wants in relationships.

The clean art style makes it easy for young adult readers to visually follow the plot, and the accompanying text is easy to read and often humorous. The dual narrative makes this story interesting and accessible to teens, who will want to learn more about Louise’s perspective after reading Simon’s story. This is a quick, compelling read that deals with common themes in adolescence. Teens will appreciate the honesty in this book: that figuring out who they are in relation to others isn’t usually easy. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 29 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 22 Edition

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Have a Little Faith in MeHave a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl
Page Street Kids
Publication Date: September 3rd 2019
ISBN: 978-1624147975

Cece has a plan: follow her ex-boyfriend to a Christian summer camp to get him back.  He broke up with her to return to his (abstinent) faith, so what better way to show him she is worthy than participating in his Jesus camp?  Her plan goes sideways when she realizes she doesn’t want him back, and perhaps the one she does want has been by her side all along.

Snarky and irreverent, Have a Little Faith keeps a light tone while dealing with serious subjects.  Starting with Cece throwing water filled condoms out her window at her best friend next door and going though her adventures at camp, it includes lots of real consent and teen sex talk. This sweet friends to lovers romance moves along at a rolling pace to keep readers engaged.  Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 22 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 15 Edition

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Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen
KCP Loft / Kids Can Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 978-1525301483
Michigan Manning is thrilled when she earns a spot on the boys’ varsity ice hockey team. Despite becoming the team’s leading scorer, her teammates make it clear she’s not welcome. Even when “harmless” pranks cross the line into assault, Michigan fears that speaking up will cost her everything she loves. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 15 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 8 Edition

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If You're Out ThereIf You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
Balzer & Bray; Harper & Collins
March 5, 2019
ISBN: 978-0062865670

Zan and Priya have been best friends forever. That’s why Zan thinks it is so strange that after Priya suddenly moves to California it is as though she has dropped off the face of the earth. Priya ghosts her, even though Zan sends her loads of emails, texts and makes tons of phone calls. Priya’s Instagram account has some really weird posts that Zan thinks sound totally off. While Priya’s stepdad assures everyone that all is fine, Zan tries to convince her loved ones that something is seriously wrong with Priya. Why won’t anyone believe her? Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 8 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 1 Edition

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Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener
Harper Collins / Harper Teen
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
ISBN: 978-0062571083

Aggi and Max have grown up together and finally fallen in love. Just as their romance is going strong, a tragic car accident involving their older siblings occurs. Aggi’s sister was driving and Max’s brother is killed. Shortly afterward, Aggi’s sister commits suicide. Their fathers declare war on each other and the families are allowed no contact with each other. The teens yearn for each other but since a restraining order forbids contact between the two, they each believe the other has moved on. The painful heartache that both Aggi and Max feel is tragic and the reader will wonder if there is any way that they can overcome the situation in which they find themselves. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 1 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 24 Edition

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver
Push
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019
ISBN: 9781338306125

Ben De Becker gathers their confidence over winter break of their senior year of high school and comes out to their parents as non-binary–unfortunately, they are instantly kicked out of the house without even time to put shoes on. Ben manages to contact the sister they haven’t seen in 10 years and moves in with her and her husband. With the help of their sister and new friends, Ben finishes out their senior year in a new school and a new town, trying to navigate what they want their future to look like while dealing with a crushing rejection from their parents. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 24 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 17 Edition

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If You're Out ThereIf You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
Balzer & Bray; Harper & Collins
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
ISBN: 978-0062865670

Zan and Priya have been best friends forever. That’s why Zan thinks it is so strange that after Priya suddenly moves to California it is as though she has dropped off the face of the earth. Zan never hears from her best friend. Priya ghosts her, even though Zan sends her loads of emails, texts and makes tons of phone calls. Priya’s Instagram account has some really weird posts that Zan thinks sound totally off. While Priya’s stepdad assures everyone that all is fine, Zan tries to convince her loved ones that something is seriously wrong with Priya. Why won’t anyone believe her?
This exciting mystery features a very strong heroine, multicultural characters, and a cool romance between Zan and the only guy willing to believe that she might be right about Priya, making this a fun, fast read.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 10 Edition

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Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534426139

Mena is one of a select crop of elite girls chosen to be trained at Innovations Academy, the foreboding site of former Innovations Tech company. Girls are trained by male professors, Guardians, analysts and doctors to be beautiful, behave pleasantly and make themselves ready for graduation, when they will be turned over to a prospective buyer. Girls start going missing and secrets unravel, propelling Mena and her friends down a dark path to uncover the truth behind their lives. Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 10 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, September 3 Edition

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Book Group
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
ISBN: 978-0316448567

Chicago teenager Birdie Randolph studies hard and follows her parents’ rules, at least until she meets Booker. Knowing her parents would not approve of his previous run-in with law enforcement, Birdie is soon sneaking out of the house and lying to her parents in order to see him. With a secret boyfriend, and the arrival of a mysterious aunt bearing devastating family secrets, Birdie’s summer promises to be revolutionary.

 

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, August 27 Edition

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Bad Boys of Fashion: Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages by Jennifer Croll and Illustrated by Aneta Pacholska
Annick Press
April 9, 2019
ISBN: 9781773212432

Bad Boys of Fashion explores famous men throughout the ages that were daring in their clothing choice and design.  Through fashion they created themselves and, knowingly or not, brought change to the world. From Louis XIV to Sean Combs, men who were royalty, rock stars, designers, sports stars, world leaders and more are presented, and their fashion choices explained within societal history of the time.

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