Quick Picks 1995

Recommended Books for the Reluctant Young Adult Reader

Compiled by a committee of the Young Adult Services Association of the American Library Association.

Fiction and nonfiction published in the U.S. from late 1993 through 1994, that will stimulate the interest of reluctant teenage readers.

An annotated version of this list is available in the April 1, 1995 issue of Booklist.


Agee, Jon. So Many Dynamos! And Other Palindromes. Farrar (0-374-22473-0; $12.21)

Ash, Russell. The Top 10 of Everything. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-721-5; $24.95)

Bachrach, Susan. Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust. Little, Brown (0-316-69264-6; $19.95)

Ballinger, Erich. Detective Dictionary. Lerner (0-8225-0721-8; $14.21)

Beatty, Paul. Joker, Joker, Deuce. Penguin (0-14-058723-3; $12.95)

Brandenburg, Jim. Sand and Fog: Adventures in Southern Africa. Walker (0-8027-8232-9; $16.95)

Busenberg, Bonnie. Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry: The Story of Your Favorite Flavors. Lerner (0-8225-1573-3)

Butterfield, Moira. Look Inside Cross Sections: Space.Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-682-0; $5.95)

Colman, Penny. Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers. Atheneum (0-689-31894-4; $14.95)

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States, edited by Lori M. Carlson. Holt (0-8050-3135-9; $14.95)

Drotar, David Lee. The Fire Curse and Other True Medical Mysteries. Walker (0-8027-8326-0; $14.95)

Elfman, Eric. Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting & Totally Repulsive. Random House (0-679-85805-9; $4.99)

Feeney, Rik. So You Want to Move Out? Richardson (0-9637991-0-X; $14.95)

Fenwick, Elizabeth. How Sex Works. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-505-0; $14.95)

Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata's Diary: A ChildŐs Life in Sarajevo. Viking (0-670-85724-6; $16.95)

Fleming, Robert and Boyd, Robert. The Big Book of Urban Legends: Adapted from the Works of Jan Harold Brunvand. DC Comics/Paradox Press (1-56389-165-4; $12.95)

Fletcher, Ralph. I Am Wings: Poems About Love. Bradbury (0-02-735395-8; $12.95)

Getz, David. Frozen Man. Holt (0-8050-3261-4; $14.95)

Goodwin, Archie. Classic Star Wars, Volume 1. Dark Horse Comics (1-56971-017-1; $15.95)

Gootman, Marilyn E. When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens about Grieving and Healing. Free Spirit (0-915793-66-0; $7.95)

Granfield, Linda. Cowboys.Ticknor & Fields (0-395-68430-7; $18.95)

Gravett, Chris. Castle. Knopf (0-679-86000-0; $16.00)

Hewetson, Sarah, illustrated by Phil Jacobs. Eye Magic: Fantastical Optical Illusions. Golden (0-307-17625-8; $19.95)

Hispanic, Female, and Young, edited by Phyllis Tashlik. Pinata Books(1-55885-072-4; $14.00)

Hudgins, Andrew. The Glass Hammer: A Southern Childhood. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-70010-8; $18.95)

It Happened to Nancy, edited by Beatrice Sparks. Avon (0-380-77315-5; $3.99)

Johnstone, Michael. Look Inside Cross-Sections: Cars. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-681-2; $5.95)

Jordan, Michael. I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence. HarperSanFrancisco (0-06-251190-4; $12.00)

Juster, Norton. Otter Nonsense. Morrow (0-688-12282-5; $9.95)

Kuklin, Susan. After A Suicide: Young People Speak Up. Putnam (0-399-22605-2; $15.95)

Lakin, Patricia. Everything You Need to Know When a Parent Doesn't Speak English. Rosen (0-8239-1691-X; $14.95)

Loewen, Nancy. Poe. Creative Education (0-88682-509-1; $16.95)

Mairowitz, David and Crumb, Robert. Introducing Kafka. Kitchen Sink (0-87816-282-8; $11.95)

Mather, Cynthia L. and Debye, Kristina How Long Does It Hurt? A Guide to Recovering from Incest and Sexual Abuse for Teenagers, Their Friends, and Their Families. Jossey-Bass (1-55542-674-3; $15.00)

McManners, Hugh. The Complete Wilderness Training Book. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-488-7; $29.95)

Mohr, Nicholasa. In My Own Words: Growing Up Inside the Sanctuary of my Imagination. Messner (0-671-74171-3; $14.00)

Monceaux, Morgan. Jazz: My Music, My People. Knopf (0-679-85618-8; $18.00)

Morris, Juddi. Harvey Girls: The Women who Civilized the West. Walker (0-8027-8302-3; $15.95)

Nelson, Richard E. and Galas, Judith C. The Power to Prevent Suicide. Free Spirit (0-915793-70-9; $11.95)

Paulsen, Gary. Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods. Delacorte (0-385-32053-1; $16.95)

Peterson, Gail. Greg Hildebrandt's Book of Three-Dimensional Dragons. Little, Brown (0-316-15240-4; $18.95)

Petras, Ross and Petras, Kathryn. The 776 Even Stupider Things Ever Said. HarperPerennial (0-06-095059-5; $10.00)

Platt, Richard. Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-467-4; $16.95)

Pringle, Laurence. Scorpion Man: Exploring the World of Scorpions. Scribner (0-684-19560-7; $15.95)

Rosenberg, Maxine. Hiding to Survive: Stories of Jewish Children Rescued from the Holocaust. Clarion (0-395-65014-3; $15.95)

Rylant, Cynthia, photographs by Walker Evans. Something Permanent. Harcourt Brace (0-15-277090-9; $16.95)

Sullivan, George. Pitchers: Twenty-Seven of Baseball's Greatest. Atheneum (0-689-31825-1; $14.95)

Swanson, Diane. Safari Beneath the Sea. Sierra Club (0-87156-415-7; $16.95)

Visual Dictionary of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-504-2; $15.95)

Walker, Lou Ann. Roy Lichtenstein: The Artist at Work. Lodestar (0-525-67435-7; $15.99)

Ward, Geoffrey. 25 Great Moments. Knopf (0-679-86751-1; $15.00)

Williams Renault Formula 1 Motor Racing Book. Dorling Kindersley (1-56458-627-8; $15.95)

Wormser, Richard. Hoboes: Wandering in America, 1870-1940. Walker (0-8027-8279-5; $17.95)


Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence, edited by Marion Dane Bauer. HarperCollins (0-06-024253-1; $15.00)

Arcudi, John. The Mask Returns. Dark Horse Comics (1-56971-021-X; $14.95)

Barker, Clive. The Yattering and Jack and How Spoilers Bleed. Eclipse (1-56060-183-3; $9.99)

Barry, Lynda. It's So Magic.HarperPerennial (0-06-095046-3; $10.00)

Bates, Michael. Irresistible. Bantam (0-553-56691-1; $3.99)

Bennett, James. Dakota Dream. Scholastic (0-590-46680-1; $13.95)

Block, Francesca Lia. The Hanged Man. HarperCollins (0-06-024536-0; $14.00)

Brooks, Martha. Traveling on into the Light and Other Stories. Orchard (0-531-06863-3; $14.95)

Bunting, Eve, illustrated by David Wiesner. Night of the Gargoyles. Clarion (0-395-66553-1; $14.95)

Burgess, Melvin. Burning Issy. Simon & Schuster (0-671-89003-4; $15.00)

Carmody, Isabelle. The Gathering. Dial (0-8037-1716-4; $15.99)

Christiansen, C.B. I See the Moon. Atheneum (0-689-31928-2; $14.95)

Conford, Ellen. I Love You, I Hate You, Get Lost. Scholastic (0-590-45558-3; $13.95)

Cooney, Caroline. Driver's Ed. Delacorte (0-385-32087-6; $15.95)

Coville, Bruce. Oddly Enough. Harcourt Brace (0-15-200093-3; $15.95)

Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called Birdy. Clarion (0-395-681-86-3; $13.95)

Dardess, George. Foreign Exchange. Austen Press (0-9638052-9-0; $12.95)

Draper, Sharon. Tears of a Tiger. Atheneum (0-689-31878-2; $14.95)

Drescher, Henrik. Pat the Beastie. Hyperion (1-56282-407-4; $9.95)

Duffey, Betsy. Coaster. Viking (0-670-85480-8; $13.99)

Fine, Anne. Flour Babies. Little, Brown (0-316-28319-3; $14.95)

Garland, Sherry, illustrated by Sheldon Greenberg. I Never Knew Your Name. Ticknor & Fields (0-395-69686-0; $14.95)

Haynes, Betsy. Deadly Deception. Delacorte (0-385-32067-1; $14.95)

Heneghan, James. Torn Away. Viking (0-670-85180-9; $14.95)

Kerr, M.E. Deliver Us from Evie. HarperCollins (0-06-024475-5; $15.00)

Klass, David. California Blue. Scholastic (0-590-46688-7; $13.95)

Lynch, Chris. Gypsy Davey. HarperCollins (0-06-023586-1; $14.00)

Lynch, Chris. Iceman. HarperCollins (0-06-023340-0; $15.00)

Mahon, K.I. Just One Tear. Lothrop (0-688-13519-6; $14.00)

Marsden, John. Letters from the Inside. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-68985-6; $13.95)

Matas, Carol. The Burning Time. Delacorte (0-385-32097-3; $15.95)

Murphy, Barbara. Fly Like an Eagle. Delacorte (0-385-32035-3; $14.95)

Myers, Edward. Climb or Die. Hyperion (0-7868-0026-7; $14.95)

Nelson, Theresa. Earthshine. Orchard (0-531-06867-6; $15.95)

Nishi, Keiko. Promise. Viz Comics ($5.95)

O'Barr, J. The Crow. Kitchen Sink (0-87816-221-6; $15.95)

Paulsen, Gary. The Car. Harcourt Brace (0-15-292878-2; $13.95)

Pike, Christopher. The Last Vampire. Pocket (0-671-87264-8; $3.99)

Rapp, Adam. Missing the Piano. Viking (0-670-85340-2; $14.99)

The Ray Bradbury Chronicles: Volume 4. NBM (1-56163-077-2; $19.95)

The Ray Bradbury Chronicles: Volume 5. NBM (1-56163-080-2; $19.95)

Reynolds, Marilyn. Too Soon for Jeff. Morning Glory (0-930934-90-3; $15.95)

Ripslinger, Jon. Triangle. Harcourt Brace (0-15-200048-8; $10.95)

Rodowsky, Colby. Hannah in Between. Farrar (0-374-32837-4; $15.00)

Roybal, Laura. Billy. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-67649-5; $14.95)

Rumbaut, Hendle. Dove Dream. Houghton Mifflin (0-395-68393-9; $13.95)

Scott, Michael. October Moon. Holiday House (0-8234-1110-9; $14.95)

Sharpe, Susan. Real Friends. Bradbury (0-02-782352-0; $14.95)

Springer, Nancy. Boy on a Black Horse. Atheneum (0-689-31840-5; $14.95)

Springer, Nancy. Toughing It. Harcourt Brace (0-15-200008-9; $10.95)

Sweeney, Joyce. Shadow. Delacorte (0-385-32051-5; $15.95)

Veitch, Tom. Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi. Dark Horse Comics (1-56971-020-1; $14.95)

Voigt, Cynthia. When She Hollers. Scholastic (0-590-46714-X; $13.95)

Werlin, Nancy. Are You Alone on Purpose? Houghton Mifflin (0-395-67350-X; $14.95)

Westwood, Chris. Brother of Mine. Clarion (0-395-66137-4; $13.95)

Wulffson, Don L. Time Fix and Other Tales of Terror. Cobblehill (0-525-65140-3; $13.99)

Zindel, Paul. Loch. HarperCollins (0-06-024542-5; $15.00)

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Updated May 10, 1995 by David K. Brown (dkbrown@acs.ucalgary.ca)