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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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Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

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Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. Congratulations!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.

Wings

Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

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 The Distance Between Lost and Found

    Kathryn Holmes
    The Distance Between Lost and Found
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Seeker (Seeker, #1)

    Arwen Elys Dayton
    Seeker (Seeker, #1)
    Rating: 3.35/5
  • Cover of Inherit Midnight

    Kate Kae Myers
    Inherit Midnight
    Rating: 3.64/5
  • Cover of Tunnel Vision

    Susan Adrian
    Tunnel Vision
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Utopia, Iowa

    Brian Yansky
    Utopia, Iowa
    Rating: 3.43/5
  • Cover of I Remember You

    Cathleen Davitt Bell
    I Remember You
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Promposal

    Rhonda Helms
    Promposal
    Rating: 3.28/5
  • Cover of The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

    Richelle Mead
    The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)

    Maureen Johnson
    The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)
    Rating: 4.07/5
  • Cover of Scripted

    Maya Rock
    Scripted
    Rating: 3.41/5
  • Cover of The Last Time We Say Goodbye

    Cynthia Hand
    The Last Time We Say Goodbye
    Rating: 4.12/5
  • Cover of All That Burns (All That Glows, #2)

    Ryan Graudin
    All That Burns (All That Glows, #2)
    Rating: 3.78/5

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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....