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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.

The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documented his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, and through investigating past dates gone wrong, to discover why he was still single.

Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters.  For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures.  Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.


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College is Calling

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As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner.  If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges!  This may seem like a daunting ( SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.

Test Prep

Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step.  Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests.  Type in the word keywords “ GED prep”, “ ACT prep” or “ SAT prep” into the catalog search bar.  It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.

What school is right for me?

With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?!  Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs.  Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications!  Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar.  It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.

Worried about tuition and student loans?

We have information about that too!  Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier.  Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar.  It will help you find resources about how to pay for college. 

Knowledge is power!  The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.

Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.

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

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.  ... Read more

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... Read more

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... Read more


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of When

    Victoria Laurie
    Rating: 4.06/5
  • Cover of Hold Tight, Don't Let Go

    Laura Rose Wagner
    Hold Tight, Don't Let Go
    Rating: 3.99/5
  • Cover of Audacity

    Melanie Crowder
    Rating: 4.47/5
  • Cover of The Boy in the Black Suit

    Jason Reynolds
    The Boy in the Black Suit
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

    Amanda Hocking
    Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of All the Bright Places

    Jennifer Niven
    All the Bright Places
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of Tear You Apart

    Sarah Cross
    Tear You Apart
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of Love, Lucy

    April Lindner
    Love, Lucy
    Rating: 3.53/5
  • Cover of We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)

    Elizabeth Eulberg
    We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of I Was Here

    Gayle Forman
    I Was Here
    Rating: 3.83/5
  • Cover of I’m Glad I Did

    Cynthia Weil
    I’m Glad I Did
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)

    Chris Lynch
    Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5


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....