For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long. Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic. This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are paired with stories like Raven Boys and Rotters. You can even sign-up to get a text alert about the titles each week! Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible. Details can be found on the SYNC homepage at this link: http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/sync-schedule-13/
As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner. If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges! This may seem like a daunting (SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.
Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step. Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests. Type in the word keywords “GED prep”, “ACT prep” or “SAT prep” into the catalog search bar. It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.
What school is right for me?
With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?! Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs. Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications! Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar. It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.
Worried about tuition and student loans?
We have information about that too! Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier. Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar. It will help you find resources about how to pay for college.
Knowledge is power! The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.
Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.
Need a good fantasy series to read? Try The Colors of Madeleine trilogy by Jaclyn Moriarty. The books in the series are: A Corner of White, The Cracks in the Kingdom, and A Tangle of Gold. The series follows Madeleine and Elliot as they comminucate across a crack in the universe - discovering unknown worlds, mysterious science, magical colors, and themselves along the way. Here is a description of the story from the author's website:
Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop. Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.
They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.
Elliot begins to write to Madeleine, the Girl-in-the-World – a most dangerous thing to do for suspected cracks must be reported and closed. But Elliot’s father has disappeared and Madeleine’s mother is sick.
Can a stranger from another world help to unravel the mysteries in your own? Can Madeleine and Elliot find the missing pieces of themselves before it is too late?
A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.
Also, don't miss Jaclyn Moriarty's Colours of Thursday blog where she posts a colorful picture every week and posts something about it. She also encourages everyone to do the same and when she finds ones she likes she reposts them on her blog.
And for more information about the books, the world of Cello, and the author's inspiration check out this video interview.
Also, for some fun read-a-likes check out:
- The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fford
- Flora Segunda by Ysabeau Wilce
- The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud
- Relativity by Cristin Bishara
- Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
- The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent
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.
For fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colastani! A year after losing her boyfriend, Trent, in an unexpected accident, Quinn Sullivan secretly tracks down the recipient of his donated heart in an attempt to heal, but ends up falling for him.
Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves from Connecticut to California. Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called Fox and lives with her author dad in a house in the middle of the woods. The two girls write their own stories together, and after they win first place in a student contest they are recruited into a summer writing class taught by an unusual writing instructor, who gives them unique insights into themsleves and others.
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!
Tagus is a medical slave who wants to be a gladiator. Lucia is the daughter of Tagus's owner and betrothed to an older man. The two teenagers are in love with each other, but it is the year 79 and soon Vesuvius will alter their lives forever.
Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been there to guide him, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a problem to confront. So when Pat vanishes from a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the police claim she drowned, Luke heads there to find her because he knows something the authorities don't. Ever since her disappearance, Pat's voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she'd accepted a summer internship studying whale sharks. Desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to his missing sister, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the truth.