Teens

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

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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.  Check out this link to find suggestions for different ages and genres; or better yet, become a friend so you’re always in the know!  (To find the book lists, choose Bookshelf under Group Home on the right.)

Next up is the YALSA app.  YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association and they have lots of great recommendations for ages 12-18 including award winners. You can find out about their app for Android or Apple by clicking here.  

Of course you can always stop in at any of our locations and ask for ideas or let us know if you have a favorite book finding tool.  We'd love to see you and hear what you've been reading!

UAPL Youth Poetry Contest Winners!

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Youth Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

The winner of the Youth Poetry Contest for the grade division 5-8 is Avi S. and the winner of the grade division 9-12 is Laken L. Our Teen Advisory Board would like to congratulate both winners and thank all our entrants this year. Both poems are reprinted here for your enjoyment.

The Rescue of Drew

by Avi S. (Grade 5-8 Division)

There once was a fighter pilot who loved to fly

He loved to fly high in the sky

His name is Drew

His plane call sign for this mission is Basher three-two.

 

Over Bosnia, Captain Drew is flying in his F-16.

He sees a SAMring on his screen

As a missle hits,

His plane is blown to bits

 

He ejects and goes down

Eventually he hits the ground

He is hunted by the Bosnian Serbs

With the lack of food, he has to eat herbs

 

He uses his snare

But fails to catch even a single hare

He sits in his hiding spot where he is not in sight

He only does it when it's bright

 

At night he finds a place to use his radio from his position

He tries to get people on a rescue mission

Eventually, he sees Boeing CH-46 Sea Knights

They were on a rescue mission and to Drew, were a joyful sight.

 

He shot up a flare as he was told to

In came the rescue crew

After traveling across the Atlantic, he reached America thankfully

He is welcomed home by his overjoyed family

 

First Date
( A color poem)

by Laken L. (Grade 9-12 Division)

 

Remember that day?

Outside.

Frigid air nipped at exposed skin. Coated our lungs with a mid winter chill. Seeped

through sweaters and jackets. Bare branches stiffly swayed to the howl of the wind, dark

and brittle against the January sky.

Me. 

Mud splattered converse kept time to a beat. My hand tightly gripped yours; afraid to let

go, and happy to have something to hold. Street lights threw amber light

across the trees

across my features

across the ground before me.

You.

Walking beside me; leather leash in hand. Eyes like chocolate; hair to match. A dusting 

of dormant summer freckles across your nose. The dog trotted blithely beside us; a fluff

of caramel curls. Remember that?

Music notes buzzed in my ears. Stars poked through the fabric of night, and we stared

at them from the driveway.

You pulled me into a hug, pressing me against your brown sweater. The music swelled,

matching the thump of two heartbeats. Crescendoing into a symphony that only we

could hear. Lacing the air with vibrating warmth.

You left a smile stuck on my face.

And I left a song stuck in your head.

 

Distopian Novels for Teens: Willful Machines

Have a Happy New Year now because, in a near-future America, a sentient computer program named Charlotte will turn into a terrorist. Lee, the son of an ultraconservative President, is more concerned with keeping his Secret Service detail from finding out about his developing romance with Nico, the new guy at school, than Charlotte. However, when the spider-like robots that roam the school halls begin acting even stranger than usual, Lee realizes he is Charlotte's next target.

Book Detective: Unscramble the Jumble to Reveal the Book

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It's time for some summer fun! And what's better fun than word puzzles and books! -) So, I have combined a great list of novels with the fun of Word Jumbles. The theme of this list is dystopia - so if you're between books and not sure what to read next, eagerly waiting for book three of Divergent, just want to check out a dystopian novel, or just love puzzles, then test your detective skills by unscrambling these Word Jumbles to reveal the title of the books. The cover of the book is underneath the scrambled title (title erased!). Once you have solved the Jumble click on the scrambled phrase or the book cover to reveal the book title and the link to it in the catalog. (Note: Links open in a new window) (Click PRINT for a printable version)

Happy Unscrambling!

Example: UDAELD    Answer: Dualed

        Book Cover for Dualed

HSLAF ONIPT            DRCIEN          HISP RAKBERE        DREOCS                          

  Book Cover for Flash Point     Book Cover for Cinder      Book Cover for Ship Breaker        Book Cover for Scored

 

OTROSELS             DLSTEA       ETH SALT RCEPISNS     RAHET RGIL

Book Cover for Rootless        Book Cover for Slated       Book Cover for The Last Princess        Book Cover for Earth Girl

 

HET RLIG HOW WOEDN A YCIT      HET UTFUER EW FTEL HNBDEI

Book Cover for The Girl Who Owned a City                                      Book Cover for The Future We Left Behind

Happy Reading!

 

 

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

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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!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.

Wings

Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

Teen Recommendation: The Smell of Other People's Houses

A 1970s Alaskan fishing town is the setting for this tale of four teenagers struggling with hardship over the course of a year, during which their stories occasionally collide and intertwine.   Dora only wants to find a safe home and loving family, but when good fortune strikes, it may be her downfall.  Ruth misses her parents and hopes to escape the harsh life she has endured with her Gran, but a relationship with a popular guy at school might not be the escape she needs. Stowing away on a ship proves dangerous for Hank, who seeks a safe haven for himself and his brothers, and Alyce must choose between her love of dancing and her father’s expectation that she continue to spend summers fishing with him. The gutsiness of these four teens who, at heart, are trying to find their places in the world and survive against challenging odds, will resonate with readers of all ages.  

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

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The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:

 

Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In celebration of Earth Day)

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the water splash up and hit her shoulders

feeling the grinning sun on her back

mixing with the dirt turning her skin a leathery brown

calloused hands

scratched and bruised limbs going unnoticed amongst the large swarms of insects

 

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the burn from her head to her toe, from the weeks of hard effort and work with little

rest

tired

hungry

sore

 

She sits on the meshed string

hearing the songs being sung by her friends

though she pays no attention

she hears the birds chirping

hears the coyotes howling

bears growling

 

She sits on the meshed string

knowing that soon they would eat

soon they would swim

soon they would sleep

She sits on the meshed string

feeling the blade of a paddles course through the water with fluid ease

noises not of industry or traffic but of swaying flora and restless fauna

 

She sits on the meshed string

driving the paddle blade in the water

pulling the paddle out

repeating the endless motion over

 

She sits on the meshed string

she sees the fishes pawing through the water

sees her friends smiling and laughing

sees the trees swaying around her

sees everything stop for just that moment

 

I sit in a wooden chair

writing this

thinking about what to write

thinking about my time sitting on the meshed string

 

Because I am her

 

Yet she is a different half of I

 

same hair

same person

same name

same likes and dislikes

 

Yet two entirely different people

 

Because she is I

 

 

Who Am I? by Beth B.

Did you see that scared looking girl today?

That is me, the daughter of Janine.

I am fourteen and go to the Metro school,

There I spend most of my days working.

 

There I am quiet, and have lost my way,

I don't know who I am anymore.

Writer, drawer, dreamer, stressor, a fool,

Maybe all, maybe none, I don't know.

 

I struggle in a sea of work and tears,

Not sure whether I'm happy or sad,

Both, neither, everyday, or not at all,

Lost, still unfound, searching for a way.

 

Here I stand,

Here I'll stay

Maybe onward

To my dying day.

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