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But I hate to read Hi/Lo books.

High interest low reading level books appeal to readers who want a great story but not a lot of pages for the the story. Teens who may be identified as 'reluctant readers' can find an interesting array of books, themes and genres on this list.


Chopsticks
Chopsticks

Told mostly in photographs, Chopsticks leaves you with a thoughtful feeling in your gut composed of nostalgia and longing. It's a love story with flashes of conversations, playlists, notes and text messages set in an ocean of colorful pictures.


Anya's Ghost
Anya's Ghost

Anya meets her ghost, or rather Emily's ghost on the way to school one morning. In the beginning Anya thinks meeting Emily's ghost is best thing that's happened to her, all of a sudden, with Emily's help Anya can sneak the answers to tests, get closer to the guy she has a crush on and ditch her nerdy friends...but soon Anya starts to see a different, less helpful side to Emily and things really get ugly.


The Year of the Beasts
The Year of the Beasts

You can only enter the carnival curiosity show as couples; the ideal place for kissing! But when Tessa's sister Lulu gets sent in with Tessa's longtime crush, a division begins between two sisters who had always been as close as their ages. Alternating between text format and graphic novel, the story cryptically depicts both the beginning and the end at the same time, unraveling emotion sequentially through words, and backward through visual metaphor.


Pinned
Pinned

Autumn and Adonis are polar opposites. Autumn is loud, outgoing, and has tons of friends. Adonis keeps to himself. Autumn is the star of the wrestling team. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. Autumn hates school. Adonis loves it. Autumn loves Adonis. Adonis thinks Autumn is a lazy slacker. Can Adonis learn to value Autumn as a friend or more? Can he help her overcome her biggest challenge? Can Autumn help Adonis find the strength to face his biggest secret?


Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon

Set in a society that seems like post WWII if the Nazi's had won, Standish Treadwell lives in Zone 7 where people regularly disappear, including his parents and best friend. Disgustingly illustrated and with very short chapters, this book will keep you turning the pages.


The Dumbest Idea Ever!
The Dumbest Idea Ever!

In this graphic memoir, Jimmy loves comic books and he loves to draw. After he learns that people can publish comic books on their own, and that it impresses girls, he decides to write his own comic book. Really, how hard could it be? His first attempt is a comic that combines Star Wars and the Lord of the Rings. It sucks! even his friends don't like it. He's discouraged until his friend suggests he write about their group of friends and all the crazy things they do.


Page by Paige
Page by Paige

When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.


A Certain October
A Certain October

High school junior, Scotty, thinks of herself as a perfectly average teenager and is more than happy to blend into the background around her dynamic group of friends. This all changes in an instant when Scotty and her younger brother Keone are passengers on a train during a horrific accident that leaves Keone in a coma and a classmate dead. While a quick read, Johnson's novel is packed with emotion.


Shattered
Shattered

Continues the story of Darcy Wills as she begins her junior year at Bluford High School. Eager to repair her relationship with her old boyfriend Hakeem, Darcy discovers that one of her biggest fears has come true. And worse: her closest friends have been secretly lying to her.


Somebody please tell me who I am
Somebody please tell me who I am

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.


The Fake Date
The Fake Date

When Marnyke is dumped by Darnell before the prom, she tries to develop a relationship with a college student to salvage her pride.


Axe Cop. 1
Axe Cop. 1

The axe cop fire gang which includes a gun less cop who fights crime with an axe, a Tyrannosaurus Rex with bazooka machine gun arms, a dude with socks for arms, and a dog in sunglasses all release their damage fire breath toward the robot zombie boss after attacking it with a unicorn tornado with personified stomping power and that's just one page. Welcome to the absurd, and absurdly imaginative, world of Axe Cop where a 30 year old graphic novelist records the crazy stories of his 7 yr old younger brother.


Crogan's Loyalty
Crogan's Loyalty

Crogan's adventures is not one book but a series of graphic novels documenting he indomitable Crogan Family. Each graphic novel follows a new historical Crogan, from Catfoot Crogan a Mariner on the verge of becoming a pirate to Peter Crogan, a French Legionnaire fighting in Africa, these are rip roaring historical adventures.


Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Holly, Charlie's cutthroat-cheerleader girlfriend dumps him via text message AND gets him elected to student council in hopes of using him against his best friend, Nate. What's next? A hilarious hell breaks loose. Holly's cheerleading squad and Nate's robotics team are competing for the same limited school funding. When their antics result in both groups getting exactly zilch, they band together with a plan to win the Robot Rumble.


Drama
Drama

Callie loves everything about the theater and would totally join her school musical, but unfortunately she can't carry a tune. Instead Callie joins stage crew and is determined to make this year's production--Moon Over Mississippi--the best show her middle school has ever seen! Once work on the show begins, Callie soon realizes that while the acting and singing is onstage, the true drama takes place off-script and offstage.


Boy Nobody : A Novel
Boy Nobody : A Novel

Boy Nobody blends in at every new school; that's his job. He stays in town only long enough to make his target die of "natural causes," and with his mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears. His next target: a beautiful girl's dad: and the mayor of New York City. Suddenly, the job isn't just a job, it's a reminder that once, Boy Nobody was somebody and a new friendship makes him want to be somebody again, no matter what it costs.