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Nick Pearson, a teen in the Witness Protection Program, moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.  

15 year old foundling Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians in the fading world of magic.  When visions of the death of the world's last dragon begin all signs point to Jennifer and Big Magic!  Also available is #2 The Song of the Quarkbeast.

Panic is a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point.  Only one person in the poor town of Carp, New York will win the $67,000 prize.  Heather never planned to play, but nothing is going to keep her from winning.  

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Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

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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.

Wait, what?!

That’s not true!  While it may seem like there is hardly time to even breath while you are getting used to new classes, new teachers, and new material, there is still hope.

In fact, making time to read can help you stay relaxed and focused.  After a long day at school, you may just want to jump right into your homework, but sometimes you need a brain break.  A quick chapter of a good book could help you get that little break you need.  Reading can also help take your mind off all the school work you have to do before you pass out.  Have you ever done your math homework right before bed and then started dreaming about the pythagorean theorem?  For your sake, I hope not!

Collections of short stories, poems, or vignettes are a perfect pick for the school year; if you don’t have a chance to get back to the book for a couple of days, you won’t have to worry about remembering where you left off.  Here are some great books to help you get into the habit of making time to read for FUN!

–Submitted by Katie R. 

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by...Read more

Hobbit We Talk About Dragons!

Smaug is coming! Here's the trailer!

Just a few more days and Smaug will be in full glory on screen.  If you've got dragon fever check out these dragon themed stories for teens! 

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It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter...Read more

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?...Read more

Teen Video Challenge

Calling all Teens! Spark your creativity and win some cash and fame!  Create a...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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