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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.  

15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic.  When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic!  Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd

Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at...Read more

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

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...Read more

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even...Read more

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by...Read more

Hobbit We Talk About Dragons!

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! 

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of We Were Liars

    E. Lockhart
    We Were Liars
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Hexed (Hexed, #1)

    Michelle Krys
    Hexed (Hexed, #1)
    Rating: 3.71/5
  • Cover of Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

    C.C. Hunter
    Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Rating: 4.42/5
  • Cover of Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)

    Mandy Hubbard
    Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)

    Homer Hickam
    Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)
    Rating: 3.29/5
  • Cover of Don't Call Me Baby

    Gwendolyn Heasley
    Don't Call Me Baby
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of While We Run (When We Wake, #2)

    Karen Healey
    While We Run (When We Wake, #2)
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of The End or Something Like That

    Ann Dee Ellis
    The End or Something Like That
    Rating: 3.6/5
  • Cover of Oblivion

    Sasha Dawn
    Oblivion
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of How to Meet Boys

    Catherine Clark
    How to Meet Boys
    Rating: 3.27/5
  • Cover of Blue Gold

    Elizabeth Stewart
    Blue Gold
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of The Dark World (Dark World, #1)

    Cara Lynn Shultz
    The Dark World (Dark World, #1)
    Rating: 3.77/5

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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.

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