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Find more Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
Below, you will find the top 10 choices from the full list selected by the 2022 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Committee of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). All titles were published in 2021 unless otherwise noted. For the complete list, visit https://www.ala.org/yalsa/2022-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers.
Amari and the Night Brothers. By B. B. Alston. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9781725418295).
Amari knows her brother, Quinton, isn’t dead. A briefcase in his closet leads her to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, where Quinton was working when he disappeared. Using her smarts and heart, Amari enters this magical world to discover what really happened. A 2022 Best Fiction for Young Adults and a 2022 Notable Children’s Book.
The Canyon’s Edge. By Dusti Bowling. 2020. Little, Brown, $16.99 (9780316494694).
One year after a tragedy changed their family forever, Nora and her father set off to explore an isolated canyon. Disaster strikes, bringing with it a struggle for survival punctuated by flashbacks to the horrible events from a year earlier.
Cheer Up! Love and Pompoms. By Crystal Fraiser. Art by Val Wise. Oni, $14.95 (9781620109557).
This graphic novel’s realistic artwork brings to life the story of smart, antisocial Annie, who reluctantly joins the cheerleading squad. To her surprise, she enjoys the sport and rekindles a friendship (and maybe more) with BeBe, the state’s first trans cheerleader.
The Crossroads at Midnight. By Abby Howard. Art by the author. Iron Circus, $18 (9781945820687).
What happens in that dark, fuzzy place in the middle of the night? What happens when you are desperate enough to reach out and accept the supernatural? These beautifully drawn short stories attempt to answer these questions and more in this creepy graphic story collection.
The Girl from the Sea. By Molly Knox Ostertag. Art by the author. Scholastic/Graphix, $14.99 (9781338540581).
In this graphic novel, cheerfully cast in aqueous hues, teenage Morgan is ready to leave her island home and start living her real life. But when she meets Keltie, a mysterious girl from the sea, her priorities change. A heartfelt coming-of-age and coming-out story. A 2022 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
Nubia: Real One. By L. L. McKinney. Art by Robyn Smith and Brie Henderson. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401296407).
Nubia, an Amazon with super-human powers, has to decide what’s more important: protecting the ones she loves or keeping her identity a secret. This graphic novel gives the Wonder Woman universe a contemporary twist. A 2022 Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens.
The Passing Playbook. By Isaac Fitzsimons. Dial, $18.99 (9781984815408).
Spencer is getting a fresh start at a new school where no one knows he’s trans. But as he develops feelings for a soccer teammate and faces a discriminatory rule that could prevent him from playing soccer, he considers what he’s losing by not coming out.
The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures. By Christian Allaire. Annick, $19.95 (9781773214900).
Authored by the Fashion and Style Writer for Vogue, this look at current styles focuses on the intersection of social justice, culture, and politics with how underrepresented communities use fashion to proudly claim their identities.
Teen Killers Club. By Lily Sparks. 2020. Crooked Lane, $18.99 (9781643852294).
Signal Deere was deemed a “Class A” criminal and sent to a special camp to be trained as an assassin. Everyone there is a teenage, stone-cold killer, so Signal should fit right in. But the thing is, she never actually killed anyone—she was framed.
They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood. By Sugar Rodgers. Black Sheep/Akashic, $14.95 (9781617759291).
WNBA All-Star Sugar Rodgers shares her story of growing up in poverty but with the support of family, friends, and coaches, which led her to shape a successful career as a professional basketball player.
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