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Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

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.

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:

For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!

 

For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.

Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!

Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays. Last week started us off with a look at teen super powers in fiction novels in the blog post Teen Super Powers. This week we...Read more

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as...Read more

New Teen Discovery Kits!

New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way...Read more

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

Is the stress of exams getting you down?  Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all?  Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes?  It sounds like...Read more

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

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”. ...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Between Us and the Moon

    Rebecca Maizel
    Between Us and the Moon
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of The Revenge Playbook

    Rachael Allen
    The Revenge Playbook
    Rating: 3.89/5
  • Cover of Every Last Word

    Tamara Ireland Stone
    Every Last Word
    Rating: 4.12/5
  • Cover of Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, #2)

    April Henry
    Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, #2)
    Rating: 3.44/5
  • Cover of Shadowshaper

    Daniel José Older
    Shadowshaper
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of The Rules

    Nancy Holder
    The Rules
    Rating: 3.48/5
  • Cover of The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)

    Julia Durango
    The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)
    Rating: 3.77/5
  • Cover of Emmy & Oliver

    Robin Benway
    Emmy & Oliver
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Skyscraping

    Cordelia Jensen
    Skyscraping
    Rating: 4.49/5
  • Cover of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

    Lynn Weingarten
    Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
    Rating: 3.59/5
  • Cover of The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

    Mary E. Pearson
    The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    Rating: 4.42/5
  • Cover of Forever for a Year

    B.T. Gottfred
    Forever for a Year
    Rating: 2.59/5

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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....