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Three high school students, Shelly, Eric, and Fatima, have nothing in common except for a mysterious blackmailer who knows their secrets. They try to identify and stop the blackmailer by performing very specific acts of bullying at their high schools.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.  See also Scarlet #2 and Cress #3 in the Lunar Chronicles series.  

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.  Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.  


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December Teen Reads

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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 high gear and all the teens out there  are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time,  and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit?  Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained  during your winter break!

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares  by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

 Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter  scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York. 





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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.





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Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.




A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future





Cover image for Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott


Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott

In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.




Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!

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

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


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

    Tahereh Mafi
    Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)
    Rating: 4.31/5
  • Cover of Strike (The SYLO Chronicles, #3)

    D.J. MacHale
    Strike (The SYLO Chronicles, #3)
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • Cover of Creed

    Trisha Leaver
    Rating: 3.61/5
  • Cover of Princess of Thorns

    Stacey Jay
    Princess of Thorns
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of The Tree of Water (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, #4)

    Elizabeth Haydon
    The Tree of Water (The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, #4)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

    Adele Griffin
    The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of Ravencliffe (Blythewood, #2)

    Carol Goodman
    Ravencliffe (Blythewood, #2)
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of The Misshapes

    Alex Flynn
    The Misshapes
    Rating: 3.65/5
  • Cover of Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband Chronicles, #5)

    John Flanagan
    Scorpion Mountain (Brotherband Chronicles, #5)
    Rating: 4.48/5
  • Cover of Blackfin Sky

    Kat Ellis
    Blackfin Sky
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Top Ten Clues You're Clueless

    Liz Czukas
    Top Ten Clues You're Clueless
    Rating: 3.81/5
  • Cover of Seduction (Legacy, #3)

    Molly Cochran
    Seduction (Legacy, #3)
    Rating: 3.86/5


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....