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This superb introduction to archaeology and anthropology looks closely at four ordinary people who lived thousands of years ago and were discovered within the last 20 years: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman.  The discovery of the bones of these people has influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.  

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. 

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Harry Potter Read Alikes

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Our guest blog this week was written by Angela, one of our summer teen interns here at the UAPL

Love Harry Potter? Diagon Alley is making its debut opening in Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Harry Potter, written by beloved author J.K. Rowling, is one of the most widely known adventure and fantasy series in the world.  If you can't make it to the park and are looking for a new read, check out some of these read-a-likes. They may help ease the ache for an adventure in the Wizarding World.

Ranger’s Apprentice (Book Series) by John Flanagan.

When 15 year old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the chosen apprentice to the mysterious yet powerful Ranger Halt, and protects his kingdom from danger. He encounters various foes and befriends numerous creatures along his journeys throughout Araluen.

Magyk by Angie Sage.

After learning that she is the Princess. Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412 – pursued by agents of those who killed her mother 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, her 7th brother encounters his own troubles.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Do you believe in Zeus? After he learns he is the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus’s Lightning Bolt, Percy Jackson sets out to recover the bolt, prove his innocence4, and prevent a war between the Greek gods that could destroy the Earth. Be sure to read the rest of the book series for a taste in Greek mythology, a branch from the Harry’s Wizarding World.

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd
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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

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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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