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If you didn't have any bones, what would you look like? It wouldn't be pretty! Read all about vertebrates–animals with bones–and find out just how bones shape what animals look like.  This interactive book on comparative anatomy will get your students interested in what is holding them up. For Grades K-2.  

Winner of the 2015 top teen fiction award, the Printz!  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.

In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

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

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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”. Congratulations!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.

Wings

Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

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.

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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

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of When Reason Breaks

    Cindy L. Rodriguez
    When Reason Breaks
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Rat Runners

    Oisin McGann
    Rat Runners
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

    Victoria Aveyard
    Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
    Rating: 4.15/5
  • Cover of Shutter

    Courtney Alameda
    Shutter
    Rating: 3.99/5
  • Cover of This Side of Home

    Renée Watson
    This Side of Home
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3)

    Kristin Bailey
    Shadow of the War Machine (The Secret Order #3)
    Rating: 4.24/5
  • Cover of Vanishing Girls

    Lauren Oliver
    Vanishing Girls
    Rating: 3.68/5
  • Cover of The Third Twin

    C.J. Omololu
    The Third Twin
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)

    Victoria Scott
    Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood, #2)
    Rating: 4.38/5
  • Cover of Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)

    Catherine Doyle
    Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of The Cipher

    John C. Ford
    The Cipher
    Rating: 3.78/5
  • Cover of Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, #1)

    Jennifer A. Nielsen
    Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief, #1)
    Rating: 3.93/5

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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....