Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, August 20 Edition

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Belly Up Book CoverBelly Up by Eva Darrows
Harlequin Inkyard Press
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
ISBN: 978-1335012357

Serendipity (Sara) spends one drunk post-breakup night with a boy she meets at a party. She can’t find the boy, but does discover soon after that she’s pregnant. As a high-achieving 17 year old, Sara is faced with unexpected and challenging choices, as well as a brand new school and town.  When Sara decides to keep the baby, she has to figure out how to balance her priorities, navigate dating, and finish her senior year, all in maternity jeans.  Continue reading Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, August 20 Edition

Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, August 13 Edition

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Red Scrolls of MagicThe Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 9th 2019
ISBN: 978-1481495080

All warlock Magnus Bane wanted to do is take his new boyfriend on a European vacation.  But he and Alec encounter demons at every turn, and are tasked with finding the leader of a cult that may or may not have been started by Magnus himself centuries earlier.  Their harrowing adventures turn out to be better than any vacation they could have planned.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, August 6 Edition

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Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and illustrated by Isaac Goodhart
DC INK
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
ISBN: 978-1401285913

Before she was Catwoman, she was just Selina, a girl trying to make it in a tough living situation.  When things go from bad to worse, Selina finds herself homeless and on her own. As she finds new friends she begins to find her way in her new world, and she is set to become something more.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 30 Edition

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No More ExcusesNo More Excuses: Dismantling Rape Culture by Amber J. Keyser
Twenty-First Century Books
Publication Date: January 1st 2019
ISBN: 978-1541543959

Starting with an eye-opening account of the Steubenville high school rape case (in 2012), No More Excuses exposes the deep-seated problem of sexual assault and rape culture. With examples of current events, readers are given clear, concise, and easily understood explanations of the  misogynistic problems discussed and given concrete ways to fight the problem.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 23 Edition

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The Lovely and the LostThe Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Freeform / Disney
Publication Date: May 7, 2019
ISBN: 978-1484776209

Kira and her adoptive family train search-and-rescue dogs. Called to a national park to investigate a child’s disappearance, Kira experiences flashbacks to her own traumatic childhood and rescue. When three generations of family secrets threaten to derail the search, Kira must depend on both her human and canine friends to save herself and her family.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 16 Edition

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Keeper of the BeesKeeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
ISBN: 978-1640634084

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallow, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The novel returns to Ms. Kassel’s world of harbingers, beekeepers, and strawmen. Keeper of the Bees is a story about a centuries old beekeeper who was cursed when he was eighteen and the girl who actually sees him, not just the monster he’s become.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 9 Edition

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It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) by Trevor Noah
Delacorte Press
April 9th 2019
ISBN: 9780525582175

Trevor Noah, host of the Daily Show, recounts his childhood growing up in South Africa, shortly after the end of Apartheid.  He was born of a black mother and white father, which was an illegal relationship under Apartheid. He grows up not really fitting in anywhere. With his usual combination of humor and deep insight into humanity’s senseless behavior, Noah gives an uncomfortable piece of history a human face.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 2 Edition

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Five Feet Apart CoverFive Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: November 20, 2018
ISBN: 9781534437333

Stella and Will are teens living with cystic fibrosis (CF) who happened to land in the same hospital for various treatments. Their lives are held hostage by the disease and the need to stay alive by staying at least six feet apart from anyone who could infect them with germs that will worsen their condition. When these two meet and feel the bond between them, they have to decide how close they are willing to risk coming in contact with each other, both physically and emotionally.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, June 25 Edition

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Birthday Russo CoverBirthday by Meredith Russo
Flatiron Books/Macmillan Publishers
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
ISBN: 978-1250129833

Eric and Morgan have known each other since birth–they were born on the same day, in the same rural Tennessee hospital. This fast-paced emotional book, told from both of their perspectives between their 13th and 18th birthdays, tells the story of their friendship, love story, and of Morgan’s coming to terms with her identity as a trans woman.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, June 18 Edition

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Sleeping in My Jeans CoverSleeping in My Jeans by Connie King Leonard
Ooligan Press
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
ISBN: 978-1947845008

Sixteen-year-old Mattie is homeless, living with her mom and her little sister in the family’s old station wagon. When their mother disappears, leaving them stranded on the streets overnight, it’s up to Mattie to keep their family together. Can she trust the police, or her new friend, Jack, to help her?

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