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When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and the two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.  

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:

For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!

 

For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.

Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

December Teen Reads

This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL.  Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.

December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into...Read more

Military Teen Fiction

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...Read more

Photography Now and Then

Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling...Read more

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Hit Count

    Chris Lynch
    Hit Count
    Rating: 3.64/5
  • Cover of Crimson Bound

    Rosamund Hodge
    Crimson Bound
    Rating: 3.72/5
  • Cover of Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)

    Angie Stanton
    Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)
    Rating: 3.66/5
  • Cover of The Fill-In Boyfriend

    Kasie West
    The Fill-In Boyfriend
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of 5 to 1

    Holly Bodger
    5 to 1
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of The Ables

    Jeremy Scott
    The Ables
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of The Boyfriend Project

    Rachel Hawthorne
    The Boyfriend Project
    Rating: 3.4/5
  • Cover of Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)

    Lori Goldstein
    Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel

    Sophia Rossi
    A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel
    Rating: 2.83/5
  • Cover of Trouble from the Start

    Rachel Hawthorne
    Trouble from the Start
    Rating: 3.72/5
  • Cover of The Last Good Day of the Year

    Jessica Warman
    The Last Good Day of the Year
    Rating: 3.8/5

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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....