Teens' Place

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Two of you exist.  Only one will survive.  West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.  

Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

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.  

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New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

Looking Good!

Are you Boho? Grunge? Hippie? A Teddy Girl?  And what, exactly, is a kirtle?   The Fashion Book examines the history of fashion and explains how to incorporate classic looks into a modern wardrobe.... Read more

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of A Matter of Heart

    Amy Fellner Dominy
    A Matter of Heart
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of Hit Count

    Chris Lynch
    Hit Count
    Rating: 3.69/5
  • Cover of Crimson Bound

    Rosamund Hodge
    Crimson Bound
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)
    Rating: 4.62/5
  • Cover of Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)

    Angie Stanton
    Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)
    Rating: 3.66/5
  • Cover of Apple and Rain

    Sarah Crossan
    Apple and Rain
    Rating: 4.03/5
  • Cover of The Ables

    Jeremy Scott
    The Ables
    Rating: 4.02/5
  • Cover of The Boyfriend Project

    Rachel Hawthorne
    The Boyfriend Project
    Rating: 3.44/5
  • Cover of Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)

    Lori Goldstein
    Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
    Rating: 3.66/5
  • Cover of A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel

    Sophia Rossi
    A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel
    Rating: 2.92/5
  • Cover of Trouble from the Start

    Rachel Hawthorne
    Trouble from the Start
    Rating: 3.71/5
  • Cover of The Last Good Day of the Year

    Jessica Warman
    The Last Good Day of the Year
    Rating: 3.96/5

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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....