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Ry, a teenaged boy, encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.

In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd. 

Nick Pearson, a teen in the Witness Protection Program, moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.  

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Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

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Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.”  So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!

In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek :-), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks :-), some are just my favorites.

Book Cover for Geektastic

 

Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky ;-)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.

 

Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!

 

 

 

Cool Pool Reads

It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next!

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Free Audiobooks All Summer

Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy?  Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website.  Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long.  You can download the audiobooks to any computer...Read more

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd)
  • Godzilla - (May 
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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

    Conrad Wesselhoeft
    Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
    Rating: 4.43/5
  • Cover of Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)

    Sarah Zettel
    Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)

    Allen Zadoff
    I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)
    Rating: 4.24/5
  • Cover of On the Road to Find Out

    Rachel Toor
    On the Road to Find Out
    Rating: 3.38/5
  • Cover of Love by the Morning Star

    Laura L. Sullivan
    Love by the Morning Star
    Rating: 3.38/5
  • Cover of Hungry

    H.A. Swain
    Hungry
    Rating: 3.41/5
  • Cover of Brazen

    Katherine Longshore
    Brazen
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of Say What You Will

    Cammie McGovern
    Say What You Will
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Nil (Nil, #1)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil (Nil, #1)
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)

    Dayna Lorentz
    No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Guardian (Proxy, #2)

    Alex London
    Guardian (Proxy, #2)
    Rating: 4.19/5
  • Cover of Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)

    Emmy Laybourne
    Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)
    Rating: 4.05/5

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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.