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Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common–except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. They now have a budding friendship and a plan to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail helps him delve into a serial murder case that Jackaby is convinced is linked to a nonhuman creature.

On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early and slips out of his family's hotel room without telling anyone. He heads for the beach to swim in the warm Floridian waters and has a fateful meeting with a shark.

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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)

 

Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests.  There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important.  There isn’t even time to read a good book.

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Harry Potter Read Alikes

Our guest blog this week was written by Angela, one of our summer teen interns here at the UAPL

Love Harry Potter? Diagon Alley is making its debut opening in Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Harry... Read more

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the... Read more

Cool Pool Reads

It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  ... Read more

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of When

    Victoria Laurie
    When
    Rating: 4.08/5
  • Cover of Hold Tight, Don't Let Go: A Novel of Haiti

    Laura Rose Wagner
    Hold Tight, Don't Let Go: A Novel of Haiti
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Audacity

    Melanie Crowder
    Audacity
    Rating: 4.46/5
  • Cover of The Boy in the Black Suit

    Jason Reynolds
    The Boy in the Black Suit
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

    Amanda Hocking
    Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of All the Bright Places

    Jennifer Niven
    All the Bright Places
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • 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

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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....