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Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

If you didn't have any bones, what would you look like? It wouldn't be pretty! Read all about vertebrates–animals with bones–and find out just how bones shape what animals look like.  This interactive book on comparative anatomy will get your students interested in what is holding them up. For Grades K-2.  

Winner of the 2015 top teen fiction award, the Printz!  A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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Teen novels set in Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

 

The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)

 

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Anne Bray

 

It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)

Zom-B by Darren Shan

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)

 

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

digits of Pi fading into distance

This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a... Read more

College is Calling

As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner.  If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges!  This may seem like a daunting ( SAT word) task—so many tests, choices,... Read more

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

Bratislava fireworks

To celebrate another great year of... Read more

Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what... Read more

December Teen Reads

This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL.  Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.

December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage, #2)

    Sarah Cross
    Tear You Apart (Beau Rivage, #2)
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of Love, Lucy

    April Lindner
    Love, Lucy
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)

    Elizabeth Eulberg
    We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of I Was Here

    Gayle Forman
    I Was Here
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of I’m Glad I Did

    Cynthia Weil
    I’m Glad I Did
    Rating: 3.72/5
  • Cover of Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)

    Chris Lynch
    Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)
    Rating: 4.38/5
  • Cover of Playlist for the Dead

    Michelle Falkoff
    Playlist for the Dead
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of Love on the Lifts

    Jill Santopolo
    Love on the Lifts
    Rating: 3.08/5
  • Cover of City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)

    Gregg Rosenblum
    City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)

    Ally Carter
    All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of Polaris (Avalon, #2)

    Mindee Arnett
    Polaris (Avalon, #2)
    Rating: 3.96/5
  • Cover of Twisted Fate

    Norah Olson
    Twisted Fate
    Rating: 2.95/5

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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....