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Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common–except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. They now have a budding friendship and a plan to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail helps him delve into a serial murder case that Jackaby is convinced is linked to a nonhuman creature.

On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early and slips out of his family's hotel room without telling anyone. He heads for the beach to swim in the warm Floridian waters and has a fateful meeting with a shark.

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Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

dena I'll give you the sun

Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

dana the strange and beautiful sorrows

Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

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Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

tracie snow like ashes

Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

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Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside  by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

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Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

Sarah holds We Were Liars Sarah: We Were Liars  by

E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book. 

First up is Goodreads.  Did you know the UAPL has a Goodreads page?  We continuously update lists of the best books we’ve been reading.  ... Read more

Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests.  There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important.  There isn’t even time to read a good book.

... Read more

Harry Potter Read Alikes

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... Read more

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

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... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Prey (The Hatchery, #1)

    Tom Isbell
    The Prey (The Hatchery, #1)
    Rating: 3.31/5
  • Cover of Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

    A.G. Howard
    Ensnared (Splintered, #3)
    Rating: 4.33/5
  • Cover of There Will Be Lies

    Nick Lake
    There Will Be Lies
    Rating: 3.44/5
  • Cover of Firefight (Reckoners, #2)

    Brandon Sanderson
    Firefight (Reckoners, #2)
    Rating: 4.4/5
  • Cover of Both of Me

    Jonathan Friesen
    Both of Me
    Rating: 3.52/5
  • Cover of The Ghosts of Heaven

    Marcus Sedgwick
    The Ghosts of Heaven
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of Monkey Wars

    Richard Kurti
    Monkey Wars
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of Infected

    Sophie Littlefield
    Infected
    Rating: 3.33/5
  • Cover of The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)

    Maggie Hall
    The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)
    Rating: 3.78/5
  • Cover of Killing Time in Crystal City

    Chris Lynch
    Killing Time in Crystal City
    Rating: 2.79/5
  • Cover of Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)

    Jennifer Echols
    Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of The Darkest Part of the Forest

    Holly Black
    The Darkest Part of the Forest
    Rating: 3.96/5

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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....