Quick Picks for Reluctant Teen Readers

The Quick Picks list for 2012 was announced by the Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association) on Monday, January 23, 2012. Below is a selection of fiction and nonfiction from the Quick Picks list that the Cold Spring Harbor Library has available for patrons to borrow.


Barton, Chris; Hoppe, Paul (Illustrator). Can I See Your I.D.? True stories of false identities. 2011. Spies, robbers, runaways … could you get away with it?

Dugard, Jaycee. A Stolen Life: A Memoir. 2011. Eighteen years in captivity – in her own words.

Conrad, Lauren. Lauren Conrad Style. 2010. Exceptional style for every day.

Snider, Brandon T. DC Comics: The Ultimate Character Guide. 2011. Aquaman to Wonder Woman.

Tebow, Tim. Through My Eyes: A Quarterback’s Journey. 2011. Up-close and personal with a Heisman Trophy winner.


Beam, Cris. I am J. 2011. J was born a girl but feels like a boy.

Blake, Kendare. Anna Dressed in Blood. 2011. Cas kills the dead, it’s his job.

Brooks, Kevin. iBoy. 2011. After Tom’s head-on collision with an iPhone, he’s out for revenge.

Brosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. 2011. Anya’s new best friend is a ghost with a secret!

Gidwitz, Adam. A Tale Dark & Grimm. 2010. Hansel goes to hell and Gretel slays a demon.

Harris, Carrie. Bad Taste in Boys. 2011. Can Kate save her town from a zombie virus AND land the hot boy?

Hopkins, Ellen. Perfect. 2011. What is the price of perfection?

Lore, Pittacus. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies #1). 2010. Numbers 1, 2, and 3 are dead. Now they are coming for number 4.

Mlynowski, Sarah. Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have). 2011. April’s crazy junior year starts with one big lie.

Patterson, James and Chris Tebbetts. Middle School: the worst years of my life. 2011. It all started going wrong in middle school…

Peirce, Lincoln. Big Nate on a Roll. 2011. Antics of a funny kid.

Reed, Amy. Clean. 2011. Five teenagers in rehab.

Roth, Veronica. Divergent. 2011. In a perfect world, being different can be deadly.

Schreiber, Joe. Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick. 2011. 1 exchange student + 1 borrowed Jaguar + 5 assassinations = 1 epic prom night.

Shepard, Sara. The Lying Game. 2010. Your best friends just may be your enemies.

Wells, Robison E. Variant. 2011. Playing by the rules can be deadly.

Wilkerson, Lili. Pink. 2011. New school, new friends, new look.