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In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen are trying to cross the moat.  In rhyming style they conduct all manner of scientific experiments to help them to the other side of the moat.  Sometimes the solution is easier that you think!  A rousing readloud for grades K and up.  

The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. By age 15, he had reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains.

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Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

dena I'll give you the sun

Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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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Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

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Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

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Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside  by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

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Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

Sarah holds We Were Liars Sarah: We Were Liars  by

E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

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

Military Teen Fiction

Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the... Read more

Photography Now and Then

Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling... Read more

Looking Good!

Are you Boho? Grunge? Hippie? A Teddy Girl?  And what, exactly, is a kirtle?   The Fashion Book examines the history of fashion and explains how to incorporate classic looks into a modern wardrobe.... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Tear You Apart

    Sarah Cross
    Tear You Apart
    Rating: 3.58/5
  • Cover of Love, Lucy

    April Lindner
    Love, Lucy
    Rating: 3.51/5
  • 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: 4.03/5
  • Cover of I Was Here

    Gayle Forman
    I Was Here
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of I’m Glad I Did

    Cynthia Weil
    I’m Glad I Did
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)

    Chris Lynch
    Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • 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: 3.44/5
  • Cover of City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)

    Gregg Rosenblum
    City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)
    Rating: 4.12/5
  • Cover of All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)

    Ally Carter
    All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Polaris (Avalon, #2)

    Mindee Arnett
    Polaris (Avalon, #2)
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • 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....