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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.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are seeking a supposedly-dead princess to place her on the throne and end political turmoil. Girls who look like the princess are being murdered, and Johanna Von Arlo, forced to work for Lord Rafael DeSilva after her father's suspicious death, is a dead-ringer for the missing princess.

Minutes after eighteen-year-old Bennett Bardo of Gordo, New Mexico, asks Sophie Gilkey, his dream girl, to prom and she says yes, she is abducted by aliens. Bennett catches a ride across the galaxy with a band of misfit musicians to find her.


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Book Cover image for Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell fans will be crazy excited for this next novel, titled Carry On–all about Simon Snow (Fangirl? Cath?). There is magic, a wizard school, monsters, and apparently some mystery as well. 

Like your books a bit grittier? It doesn't get much grittier than S.A. Bodeen, author of The Detour. Folks are calling this a Teen version of Stephen King's Misery, so if you like psychological suspense you should give this one a try. 

Becca Fitzpatrick, author of the Hush, Hush saga, brings us a murder mystery called Dangerous Lies. She even offers a playlist for her readers! 

Read 'em, and let us know what you thought! 

Dena–currently reading Are You Still There by Scheerger 

New Teen Discovery Kits!

New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and ...Read more

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

Is the stress of exams getting you down?  Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all?  Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes?  It sounds like you have a terrible...Read more

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

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!...Read more

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


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5)

    Jonathan Maberry
    Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

    William Ritter
    Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)
    Rating: 4.16/5
  • Cover of The Astrologer's Daughter

    Rebecca Lim
    The Astrologer's Daughter
    Rating: 3.63/5
  • Cover of All American Boys

    Jason Reynolds
    All American Boys
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Cover of Zeroes

    Scott Westerfeld
    Rating: 3.9/5
  • Cover of Wild Sky (Night Sky, #2)

    Suzanne Brockmann
    Wild Sky (Night Sky, #2)
    Rating: 3.5/5
  • Cover of The Weight of Feathers

    Anna-Marie McLemore
    The Weight of Feathers
    Rating: 4.06/5
  • Cover of Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1)

    Rae Carson
    Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer, #1)
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Vengeance Road

    Erin Bowman
    Vengeance Road
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Untwine

    Edwidge Danticat
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of Truest

    Jackie Lea Sommers
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Storm of Lightning (Michael Vey, #5)

    Richard Paul Evans
    Storm of Lightning (Michael Vey, #5)
    Rating: 4.44/5


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.