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  1. 2009 Quick Picks Nominations Twenty suggested titles

  2. Booth, Coe. Kendra. 2008. Scholastic, $16.99 (978-0439925365). Kendra’s looking for love in all the wrong places.

  3. de la Pena, Matt. Mexican White Boy. 2008. Random House, $15.99 (978-0-385-73310-6). Is he white or is he brown and does it matter in this town?

  4. Giles, Gail. Right Behind You. 2007. Little Brown, $15.99 (978-0-3161-6636-2). A child murderer’s past is always right behind him.

  5. Hernandez, David. Suckerpunch. 2008. Harper Collins, $16.99 (978-0-060117330-1). Avenging your father’s abuse is harder than it appears.

  6. Korman, Gordon. The Juvie Three. 2008. Hyperion, $15.99 (978-1-4231-0158-1). Will they flunk their chance at life on the outside?

  7. McMann, Lisa. Wake. 2008. Simon & Schuster, $15.99 (978-1-4169-5357-9). Things get crazy when a dreamwalker gets sucked into everyone’s dreams.

  8. Millner, Denene and Miller, Mitzi. Hotlanta. 2008. Point, $8.99 (0-545-00308-3). The Duke twins live big, with even bigger secrets.

  9. Neri, G. Chess Rumble. 2007. Lee and Low Books, $18.95, (978-1-58430-279-7). Battling real world problems on the chess board.

  10. Stewart, Sean. Cathy’s Key: If Found, Please Call 650-266-8233. 2008. Roaring Brook Press, $17.95 (978-0762430857). Some secrets are better left deeply buried.

  11. Volponi, Paul. Hurricane Song. 2008. Penguin Group, $15.99 (978-0670061600). The Superdome isn’t so super when you’re trapped following Hurricane Katrina.

  12. Stolarz, Laurie Faria. Project 17. 2007. Hyperion, $15.99 (978-0-7868-3856-1). Teens and an abandoned insane asylum takes on a Blair Witch twist.

  13. Weaver, Will. Saturday Night Dirt. 2007. Farrar, Straus Giroux, $14.95 (978-0-374-35060-4). One summer night at the track.

  14. Canfield, Jack (Ed.). Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul. 2007. Health Communications, $24.00 (978-0-7573-0734-8). Stories behind today’s idol performers.

  15. Carey, Percy and Wimberly, Ronald (Illus.). Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm. 2007. Vertigo, $19.99 (978-1-4-12-1046-5). Follow the rise and fall of rapper MF Grimm from Sesame Street to drug dealing on the streets.

  16. Fardon, John. Do Not Open: An Encyclopedia of the World's Best-Kept Secrets. 2007. DK, $24.99 (0-7566-33205-6). The world’s secrets revealed.

  17. Franco, Betsy (Ed.) Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers. 2008. Candlewick Press, $15.99 (978-0-7636-3437-7). Teenagers use poetry to talk about love.

  18. Fulbeck, Kip. Permanence. 2008. Chronicle Books, $19.95 (978-0-8118-6131-1). The why’s are answered—why that tattoo and why get it.

  19. Kuklin, Susan. No Choirboy: Murder, Violence and Teenagers on Death Row. 2008. Henry Holt, $17.95 (978-0805079500). Death row inmates, sentenced as teens speak — raw and uncensored.

  20. Sixx, Nikki with Ian Gitting. The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star. 2007. Pocket Books, $32.50 (978-0-7434-8628-6). Life through hazy eyes on heroin.

  21. Khidekel, Marina. The Quiz Life. 2008. Delacorte Press, $6.99 (978-0-375-84263-4). Dozens of quizzes reveal the real you.