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The Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker documented his coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, and through investigating past dates gone wrong, to discover why he was still single.

Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters.  For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures.  Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.

The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her teenage co-workers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.

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Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

dena I'll give you the sun

Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

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.

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Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

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Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

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Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside  by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

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Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

Sarah holds We Were Liars Sarah: We Were Liars  by

E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

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

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next... Read more

Free Audiobooks All Summer

Don’t have time to read because the end of the school year is so busy?  Download 2 free audiobooks from the SYNC website.  Each summer SYNC provides access to free audiobooks all summer long.  You can download the... Read more

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

  • The Amazing Spider Man 2 - (May 2nd)
  • ... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of When

    Victoria Laurie
    When
    Rating: 4.07/5
  • Cover of Hold Tight, Don't Let Go

    Laura Rose Wagner
    Hold Tight, Don't Let Go
    Rating: 3.99/5
  • Cover of Audacity

    Melanie Crowder
    Audacity
    Rating: 4.42/5
  • Cover of The Boy in the Black Suit

    Jason Reynolds
    The Boy in the Black Suit
    Rating: 3.99/5
  • Cover of Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

    Amanda Hocking
    Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of All the Bright Places

    Jennifer Niven
    All the Bright Places
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of Tear You Apart

    Sarah Cross
    Tear You Apart
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of Love, Lucy

    April Lindner
    Love, Lucy
    Rating: 3.52/5
  • Cover of We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)

    Elizabeth Eulberg
    We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)
    Rating: 3.96/5
  • Cover of I Was Here

    Gayle Forman
    I Was Here
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of I’m Glad I Did

    Cynthia Weil
    I’m Glad I Did
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)

    Chris Lynch
    Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5

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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....