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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.  

Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television. 

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Super Power Saturdays: Draw Me! Write Me! Creating Your Own Stories and Characters

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Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction and graphic novels, unique teen powers in fiction, heroes in the real world in nonfiction, and more. If you missed any of these posts, or just want to re-read them, links to them are at the end of this blog post. Now, after reading all these great books, it’s time to take that super powered inspiration and channel it into creating our own stories. So, to wrap things up we will look at books that can help you create your own stories, characters, graphic novels, and even find out how to break into the writing and graphic art business! A few great ones to start with are:

Image for Bitstrips App WebsiteFor some online fun here are some apps and websites to help you start your own comics. Bitstrips is a free App that can turn you and your friends into comic characters. BUBBLR is an interactive site that lets you create comic strips using photos from flickr. Make Beliefs Comix, also an interactive site, has different online features and options, as well as printable downloads and writing prompts, to help you to create your own comics.  

For links to these and other great books about creating your own stories, characters, and graphic novels check out the Draw Me! Write Me! book list in our catalog. 

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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 Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)

    Jessica Day George
    Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)
    Rating: 3.57/5
  • Cover of The Stellow Project

    Shari Becker
    The Stellow Project
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)

    Mary Weber
    Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)

    Jennifer McGowan
    Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Hunter (Hunter, #1)

    Mercedes Lackey
    Hunter (Hunter, #1)
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)

    Michael Grant
    The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)
    Rating: 4.45/5
  • Cover of Untwine

    Edwidge Danticat
    Untwine
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

    Sarah J. Maas
    Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
    Rating: 4.6/5
  • Cover of The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)

    Mindee Arnett
    The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)
    Rating: 4.39/5
  • Cover of Finding Audrey

    Sophie Kinsella
    Finding Audrey
    Rating: 3.78/5
  • Cover of Very in Pieces

    Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Very in Pieces
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

    David Lubar
    Sophomores and Other Oxymorons
    Rating: 4.33/5

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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....