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These Librarian-Recommended YA Books Have Something for Everyone

Book covers: Punching the Air, You Should See Me in a Crown, Be Not Far From Me, Snapdragon, Heartstopper, Long Way Down

There’s a book out there for everybody—even people who don’t typically enjoy reading. Teens of all interests and reading levels can find something to enjoy from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)’s the 2021 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers list.

Librarians from YALSA curated 64 recent books based on their appeal to non-avid readers. Selection criteria include compelling plotlines, relatable and believable themes, and language that’s clear and accessible without sacrificing quality.

Of the dozens of picks, YALSA bloggers highlighted the following as their top ten featured titles:

Be Not Far From Me, by Mindy McGinnis

Found, by Joseph Bruchac

Golden Arm, by Carl Deuker

Heartstopper Vol. 1, by Alice Oseman

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novelby Jason Reynolds

The Loop, by Ben Oliver

#NoEscape, by Gretchen McNeil

Punching the Airby Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh

You Should See Me in a Crown, by Leah Johnson

Check out the full list at the YALSA website.

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