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.
The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documented his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, and through investigating past dates gone wrong, to discover why he was still single.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures. Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.
To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.
Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.
Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.
Jennifer could not decide and picked two!
- A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber: Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
- Relativity by Cristin Bishara: Ruby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.
Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock
Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.
Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.
Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria
Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.
Sue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier
Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a manor house which they soon discover is cursed.
Sarah: We Were Liars by
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!
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 you DON'T want to do, why not make a resolution that encourages you to explore the world, discover new things, and increase your brain activity! Reading is a great New Year's resolution that helps you push yourself to grow, learn, and live more in the New Year.
How do you make a resolution about reading, you ask?
1. There are lots of lists available online. A great site for different types of booklists can be found on List Challenges. If you're a Gilmore Girls Fan, they have the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Or if you think you want to be an English major in college, you can always look at the English Student Book Challenge. Make it your New Year's Resolution to read 20 books on that list. More or less is fine–pick what works for you!
2. Goodreads, a website that allows you to keep track of the books you read, also has a yearly book challenge. You can challenge yourself to read a certain number of books. Remember it's always helpful to make a reading list that has a reasonable goal. It is not likely that you will be able to read 500 books next year unless you are reading more than one book a day. Maybe start with 24. That is two books a month. If you finish your goal early, you can always raise your goal at that time. Goodreads also has great lists to look at to draw inspiration. You can even see what your friends (and librarians) are reading!
3. If you are looking to expand your reading repertoire, POPSUGAR has an awesome reading list that has items like: a book by a female author, a book that scares you, a book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit. The list goes on! You can even count one book for more than one category if you'd like. It's a fun way to read something you'd never thought of reading before.
What's your reading resolution? We'd love to hear from you!
The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her teenage co-workers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.
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.
This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL. Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.
December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into high gear and all the teens out there are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time, and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit? Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained during your winter break!
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future
Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott
In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.
Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!
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.