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.

New Book Friday: December
















If you’re looking for a quick read, just a few hours, full of fun, mayhem, and vomit, Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris is definitely the way to go. We have it available in both book and ebook formats. I read it in one sitting over Thanksgiving weekend, and trust me, it was the highlight of Black Friday for me!

Out of this world! Science Fiction for Teens

First foray into science fiction? Curious about the genre, or assigned to read a sci-fi novel for school?

Science fiction novels tend to have a few things going for them:

  • they are fictional
  • they sometimes take place in the future
  • there is often futuristic science and technology
  • aliens may or may not be present
  • the novel might explore the consequences of the scientific innovations in the book

Here are some titles by great authors to get you on your way…

Babysitting Class, 9/17

The Library is hosting a Babysitting Skills Workshop on Saturday, September 17 from 1-4 pm.

This course is designed to help teens develop the skills necessary for the responsibility of being a sitter – child safety, developmental stages of children and how to plan activities that are age-appropriate. Hands-on activities and course certification are included.

If you have never babysat before, and are planning to, it’s a really good way to prepare yourself. Additionally, if you’re thinking of being a camp counselor during the summer months, this will look very good on your job application.

You can sign up here.

I solemnly swear I am up to no good…

I have a confession.

When the seventh Harry Potter book was released, I went to Book Revue dressed as McGonagall.

So imagine my utter delight this morning, when going through email, that I found the Ministry of Magic’s website?

Check out Magic is Might – and if you’ve never been, also head over to the Leaky Cauldron. This fan-based site has been up and running for years, and used to be my only source of information, back when J.K. Rowling’s website was just a list of her publishers. (I kid you not).

Also, speaking of Harry Potter, we’ll be showing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on May 26th. Be there.