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Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.  

Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been there to guide him, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a problem to confront. So when Pat vanishes from a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the police claim she drowned, Luke heads there to find her because he knows something the authorities don't. Ever since her disappearance, Pat's voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she'd accepted a summer internship studying whale sharks. Desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to his missing sister, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the truth.  

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Howl's Moving Castle and Other Great Fantasy Novels and Anime

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Cover for Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn JonesI am an avid reader of fantasy, but until recently I had never read the Howl's Moving Castle series by Diana Wynn Jones. It is a classic, and had long been on my list, but I just seemed to always find something else – until recently, that is. And when I finally read it, I was not disappointed! Why did I wait so long?! This is fabulous series with hidden gems and little surprises awaiting you in every book. I was both delighted and impressed with Jones’s ability to surprise me and give me little unexpected treats in every story. Wonderful! These are technically companion books, meaning they have connections to each other but could be read on their own, however, I think they are much richer and deeper when read together and in order. There are three books in the series: Howl's Moving Castle, The Castle in the Air, and The House of Many Ways (which is my favorite!) For a great description of all the varied, complicated, and wondrous adventures in Howl’s Moving Castle check out the fan video below (the first video). For a live action trailer, also put together by a fan and using various movie clips, check out the second video below. It is fantastic and I would love (wish) to see this book turned into a live action movie, using this cast!

 

 

For more great fantasy novels check out some these books:

Howl’s Moving Castle by Jones was also turned into an anime movie. Although different than the book in many ways, it is still an enchanting and fantastical story. Howl’s Moving Castle (the anime movie) is written by Hayao Miyazaki and is similar to some of his other anime such as Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Also, if you like fantasy and anime or are interested in learning more about anime, graphic novels, and manga don’t miss our Teen Graphic Novel, Manga, and Anime Club coming this fall. Each one will meet one Thursday a month at 4:00pm. Here are the upcoming dates and themes, but for more information and registration check out our Program Calendar.

  • September 10th: Hayao Miyazaki Movie Trailers and Anime Discussion
  • October 8th: Graphic Novels to Tell Your Story – featuring realistic graphic novels
  • November 12th: Manga, Anime, and Japanese Culture

Happy Reading!

Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. ...Read more

Teen novels set in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

digits of Pi fading into distance

This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a...Read more

College is Calling

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,...Read more

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Between Us and the Moon

    Rebecca Maizel
    Between Us and the Moon
    Rating: 3.77/5
  • Cover of The Revenge Playbook

    Rachael Allen
    The Revenge Playbook
    Rating: 3.91/5
  • Cover of Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, #2)

    April Henry
    Blood Will Tell (Point Last Seen, #2)
    Rating: 3.52/5
  • Cover of Shadowshaper

    Daniel José Older
    Shadowshaper
    Rating: 4.11/5
  • Cover of The Rules

    Nancy Holder
    The Rules
    Rating: 3.31/5
  • Cover of The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)

    Julia Durango
    The Leveller (The Leveller, #1)
    Rating: 3.69/5
  • Cover of Emmy & Oliver

    Robin Benway
    Emmy & Oliver
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of Skyscraping

    Cordelia Jensen
    Skyscraping
    Rating: 4.46/5
  • Cover of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls

    Lynn Weingarten
    Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls
    Rating: 3.54/5
  • Cover of The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)

    Mary E. Pearson
    The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)
    Rating: 4.45/5
  • Cover of Forever for a Year

    B.T. Gottfred
    Forever for a Year
    Rating: 2.59/5
  • Cover of The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)

    Jennifer Lynn Barnes
    The Fixer (The Fixer, #1)
    Rating: 4.24/5

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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....