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Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood… 

A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems.  Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor.  When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right.  With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart.  Recommended for Grades 1 and above.  

Two of you exist.  Only one will survive.  West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.  

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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 novels set in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

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Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

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... Read more

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    Rating: 3.64/5
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    Rating: 3.87/5
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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....