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When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.  This is well researched historical fiction based on the real-life pandemic considered to be the most devastating in recorded world history.

Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

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Military Teen Fiction

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Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat. 

Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go! 

Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold  I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide. 

 

The Right Fight by Chris Lynch  Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch,  about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign. 

 

Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley  Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy. 

 

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft  This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones. 

 

 

 

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

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)

    James Patterson
    Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of Everything Leads to You

    Nina LaCour
    Everything Leads to You
    Rating: 3.97/5
  • Cover of Complicit

    Stephanie Kuehn
    Complicit
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of The Garden of Darkness

    Gillian Murray Kendall
    The Garden of Darkness
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)

    April Henry
    The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)
    Rating: 3.51/5
  • Cover of License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)

    Lisi Harrison
    License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

    Conrad Wesselhoeft
    Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
    Rating: 4.43/5
  • Cover of Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)

    Sarah Zettel
    Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy, #3)
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)

    Allen Zadoff
    I Am the Mission (The Unknown Assassin, #2)
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • Cover of On the Road to Find Out

    Rachel Toor
    On the Road to Find Out
    Rating: 3.39/5
  • Cover of Love by the Morning Star

    Laura L. Sullivan
    Love by the Morning Star
    Rating: 3.31/5
  • Cover of Hungry

    H.A. Swain
    Hungry
    Rating: 3.41/5

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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.

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