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Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.  

Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television. 

Do you want to learn how stargaze, mimic birdsong and spot wild animals?  This book is packed with all kinds of exciting outdoor activities for children and the whole family, to encourage awareness of the natural world, to develop self-sufficiency skills, and to show how much fun it is to explore nature.   

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New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of... Read more

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

December Teen Reads

This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL.  Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.

December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into... Read more

Military Teen Fiction

Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the... Read more

Photography Now and Then

Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Cuckoo Song

    Frances Hardinge
    Cuckoo Song
    Rating: 4.11/5
  • Cover of An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

    Sabaa Tahir
    An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of The Pretty App (App, #2)

    Katie Sise
    The Pretty App (App, #2)
    Rating: 3.63/5
  • Cover of Only Ever Yours

    Louise O'Neill
    Only Ever Yours
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of My Life With The Walter Boys

    Ali Novak
    My Life With The Walter Boys
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)

    Amy Plum
    Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of Rogue (Talon #2)

    Julie Kagawa
    Rogue (Talon #2)
    Rating: 4.08/5
  • Cover of The Novice (Summoner, #1)

    Taran Matharu
    The Novice (Summoner, #1)
    Rating: 4.19/5
  • Cover of Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)

    A.C. Gaughen
    Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)
    Rating: 4.15/5
  • Cover of The Revelation of Louisa May

    Michaela MacColl
    The Revelation of Louisa May
    Rating: 3.54/5
  • Cover of Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)

    Jenny McLachlan
    Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Saint Anything

    Sarah Dessen
    Saint Anything
    Rating: 4.1/5

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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....