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A new Fear Street novel! Despite her friend's warning, Rachel is excited to attend Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island, but soon someone introduces a game of murder and all of the guests are in danger and trapped on the island.

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters they come together, fall apart, and build a believable future stronger than either of them thought possible.

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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)

 

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even... Read more

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by... Read more

Hobbit We Talk About Dragons!

Smaug is coming! Here's the trailer!

Just a few more days and Smaug will be in full glory on screen.  If you've got dragon fever check out these dragon themed stories for teens! 

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It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter... Read more

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Promposal

    Rhonda Helms
    Promposal
    Rating: 3.33/5
  • Cover of The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

    Richelle Mead
    The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
    Rating: 4.23/5
  • Cover of The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)

    Maureen Johnson
    The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of Scripted

    Maya Rock
    Scripted
    Rating: 3.4/5
  • 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: 3.81/5
  • Cover of When Reason Breaks

    Cindy L. Rodriguez
    When Reason Breaks
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Rat Runners

    Oisin McGann
    Rat Runners
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

    Victoria Aveyard
    Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Shutter

    Courtney Alameda
    Shutter
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of This Side of Home

    Renée Watson
    This Side of Home
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3)

    Kristin Bailey
    Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3)
    Rating: 4.31/5

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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....