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Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list.  Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are?  This novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.


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What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories:

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

Is the stress of exams getting you down?  Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all?  Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes?  It sounds like you have a terrible...Read more

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”. Congratulations!...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, decisions—but...Read more


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of What We Saw

    Aaron Hartzler
    What We Saw
    Rating: 4.28/5
  • Cover of Don't Fail Me Now

    Una LaMarche
    Don't Fail Me Now
    Rating: 4.02/5
  • Cover of Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)

    Carey Corp
    Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)
    Rating: 4.58/5
  • Cover of The Emperor of Any Place

    Tim Wynne-Jones
    The Emperor of Any Place
    Rating: 4.33/5
  • Cover of The Firebug of Balrog County

    David Oppegaard
    The Firebug of Balrog County
    Rating: 3.2/5
  • Cover of Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)

    Abbi Glines
    Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of The Creeping

    Alexandra Sirowy
    The Creeping
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of As Black As Ebony (Snow White Trilogy)

    Salla Simukka
    As Black As Ebony (Snow White Trilogy)
    Rating: 0/5
  • Cover of Damage Done

    Amanda Panitch
    Damage Done
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of The Devil's Dreamcatcher (The Devil's, #2)

    Donna Hosie
    The Devil's Dreamcatcher (The Devil's, #2)
    Rating: 4.76/5
  • Cover of Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)

    Eleanor Herman
    Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Jubilee Manor (Landry Park, #2)

    Bethany Hagen
    Jubilee Manor (Landry Park, #2)
    Rating: 4.1/5


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.