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Living on opposite sides of their Brooklyn neighborhood, strict Hasidic Devorah and fun-loving nerd Jaxon forge an unexpected connection when they become trapped in an elevator during a hurricane, after which they pursue a secret romance.

When sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant's mother takes her to spend the summer in the tiny English town where she grew up, people look at Jess as if they have seen a ghost due to her resemblance to her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess arrived and to whom Jess feels a strange connection. The more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya's death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail from Missouri to California.

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What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories:

Howl's Moving Castle and Other Great Fantasy Novels and Anime

Cover for Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn JonesI am an avid reader of fantasy, but until recently I had never...Read more

Super Power Saturdays: Draw Me! Write Me! Creating Your Own Stories and Characters

Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction and graphic novels, unique teen powers in fiction, heroes in the real world in nonfiction, and more. If you missed any of these...Read more

Teen Fiction for when you need to cope with life

Every so often I serendipiously read fiction that has similar themes.  Recently I have been reading some great fiction from 2015 that talk about mental issues.  It could be...Read more

Author John Green to visit Columbus

Author John Green will be in Columbus this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and the event is free!  More details can be found on  this link to the Columbus Dispatch article. He, along with cast...Read more

Super Power Saturdays - Teen NonFiction Flies!

We are in our last month of Super Power Saturdays, everyone. So far we have explored all kinds of super powers in teen fiction and teen graphic novels. We have looked at super powers in fiction in Teen Super...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Creeping

    Alexandra Sirowy
    The Creeping
    Rating: 3.85/5
  • Cover of As Black As Ebony (Snow White Trilogy)

    Salla Simukka
    As Black As Ebony (Snow White Trilogy)
    Rating: 0/5
  • Cover of Damage Done

    Amanda Panitch
    Damage Done
    Rating: 3.66/5
  • Cover of The Devil's Dreamcatcher (The Devil's, #2)

    Donna Hosie
    The Devil's Dreamcatcher (The Devil's, #2)
    Rating: 4.73/5
  • Cover of Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)

    Eleanor Herman
    Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Jubilee Manor (Landry Park, #2)

    Bethany Hagen
    Jubilee Manor (Landry Park, #2)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of MARTians

    Blythe Woolston
    MARTians
    Rating: 3.76/5
  • Cover of A Song for Ella Grey

    David Almond
    A Song for Ella Grey
    Rating: 3.48/5
  • Cover of Promises I Made

    Michelle Zink
    Promises I Made
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • Cover of Spinning Starlight

    R.C. Lewis
    Spinning Starlight
    Rating: 3.89/5
  • Cover of Hotel Ruby

    Suzanne Young
    Hotel Ruby
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of Frosted Kisses (The Cupcake Queen, #2)

    Heather Hepler
    Frosted Kisses (The Cupcake Queen, #2)
    Rating: 3.86/5

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Teen Book Clubs

Pre-Pub Club

Read it before your friends do! Here’s a chance to snag an advanced reader copy of book that hasn't been published yet. Open to teens in grades 9-12. The Pre-Pub Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm except for May.

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

Book Club in a Bag for Teens

Each Book Club in a Bag has 8-10 copies of a book in one handy carrier along with discussion guides and questions. Start your own book club today; we've got the materials ready for you!

For a list of titles available especially for teens, click here.

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

You like to read. Your friends like to read. You almost have a book club! 

If you would like some info on how do you figure out what to read, get organized and keep the club alive, we have compiled some tips for you in this short guide that can help you.