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Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.  

Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been there to guide him, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a problem to confront. So when Pat vanishes from a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the police claim she drowned, Luke heads there to find her because he knows something the authorities don't. Ever since her disappearance, Pat's voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she'd accepted a summer internship studying whale sharks. Desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to his missing sister, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the truth.  

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:

For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!

 

For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.

Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Teen novels set in Ireland

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

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!

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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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Fixer

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    The Fixer
    Rating: 4.28/5
  • Cover of Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)

    Jessica Day George
    Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)
    Rating: 3.57/5
  • Cover of The Stellow Project

    Shari Becker
    The Stellow Project
    Rating: 3.97/5
  • Cover of Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)

    Mary Weber
    Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)
    Rating: 3.83/5
  • Cover of Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)

    Jennifer McGowan
    Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Cover of Hunter (Hunter, #1)

    Mercedes Lackey
    Hunter (Hunter, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)

    Michael Grant
    The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Cover of Untwine

    Edwidge Danticat
    Untwine
    Rating: 4.15/5
  • Cover of Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

    Sarah J. Maas
    Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
    Rating: 4.61/5
  • Cover of The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)

    Mindee Arnett
    The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)
    Rating: 4.38/5
  • Cover of Finding Audrey

    Sophie Kinsella
    Finding Audrey
    Rating: 3.79/5
  • Cover of Very in Pieces

    Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Very in Pieces
    Rating: 4/5

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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....