Being the pre-librarian that I am, I can read as many “good books” as I want, but that isn’t going to be what makes me a great future librarian.  Here are some helpful tips regarding reluctant readers and getting your students (or, future students) to love to read – just a little bit.

In class tonight, we discussed some titles of “home run” books that might address the reluctant readers in your high school (library).

Here is the short, but promising list:


  1. Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult
  2. Two Way Street – Nancy Thayer
  3. Go Ask Alice – Anon.
  4. Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles
  5. Forever – Judy Blume
  6. Crank – Ellen Hopkins
  7. I Heart You, You Haunt Me – E. Schroeder
  8. Chasing Brooklyn – E. Schroeder


  1. The Big Field – Mike Lupica
  2. Summer Ball – Mike Lupica
  3. Hero – Mike Lupica
  4. Outpost – Ann Aguire
  5. Enclave – Ann Aguire
  6. Lockdown – Alexander Smith
  7. The Maze Runner – J. Dashner
  8. Black and White – Paul Volponi
  9. The Compound – S.A. Bodeen
  10. Right Behind You – Gail Giles
  11. Give a Boy a Gun – Todd Strasser
  12. Pendragon – D.J. MacHale
  13. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I hope this helps!