Teens' Place

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A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list.  Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are?  This novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

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.


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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 

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 in the photos. Then...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

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book. 

First up is Goodreads.  Did you know the UAPL has a Goodreads page?  We continuously update lists of the best books we’ve been reading.  ...Read more

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.

Wait, what?!

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Dead House

    Dawn Kurtagich
    The Dead House
    Rating: 3.91/5
  • Cover of Daughters unto Devils

    Amy Lukavics
    Daughters unto Devils
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Breakaway

    Kat Spears
    Rating: 3.69/5
  • Cover of Boot Camp Blues (Roller Girls, #4)

    Megan Sparks
    Boot Camp Blues (Roller Girls, #4)
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5)

    Jonathan Maberry
    Bits & Pieces (Benny Imura, #5)
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)

    William Ritter
    Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)
    Rating: 4.15/5
  • 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: 4.43/5


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.