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Harry Potter Read Alikes

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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 Potter, written by beloved author J.K. Rowling, is one of the most widely known adventure and fantasy series in the world.  If you can't make it to the park and are looking for a new read, check out some of these read-a-likes. They may help ease the ache for an adventure in the Wizarding World.

Ranger’s Apprentice (Book Series) by John Flanagan.

When 15 year old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the chosen apprentice to the mysterious yet powerful Ranger Halt, and protects his kingdom from danger. He encounters various foes and befriends numerous creatures along his journeys throughout Araluen.

Magyk by Angie Sage.

After learning that she is the Princess. Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412 – pursued by agents of those who killed her mother 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, her 7th brother encounters his own troubles.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

Do you believe in Zeus? After he learns he is the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus’s Lightning Bolt, Percy Jackson sets out to recover the bolt, prove his innocence4, and prevent a war between the Greek gods that could destroy the Earth. Be sure to read the rest of the book series for a taste in Greek mythology, a branch from the Harry’s Wizarding World.

Smoothies

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Book Detective: Unscramble the Jumble to Reveal the Book

It's time for some summer fun! And what's better fun than word puzzles and books! ;-) So, I have combined a great list of novels with the fun of Word Jumbles. The theme of this list is dystopia - so if you're between books and not sure what to read next, eagerly waiting for...Read more

SRC T-Shirt DIY

Check out what one of our crafty teen volunteers did with her Dig Into Reading t-shirt!  

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Babysitting 101: How To Make Extra Cash This Summer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to take control of your own finances? Babysitting can be a very rewarding and profitable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you can start handing out your business cards. How do you change a...Read more

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Brazen

    Katherine Longshore
    Brazen
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of Say What You Will

    Cammie McGovern
    Say What You Will
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of Nil (Nil, #1)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil (Nil, #1)
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)

    Dayna Lorentz
    No Dawn Without Darkness (No Safety in Numbers, #3)
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Guardian (Proxy, #2)

    Alex London
    Guardian (Proxy, #2)
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)

    Emmy Laybourne
    Savage Drift (Monument 14, #3)
    Rating: 4.05/5
  • Cover of We Were Liars

    E. Lockhart
    We Were Liars
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Hexed (Hexed, #1)

    Michelle Krys
    Hexed (Hexed, #1)
    Rating: 3.71/5
  • Cover of Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)

    C.C. Hunter
    Reborn (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Rating: 4.42/5
  • Cover of Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)

    Mandy Hubbard
    Fool Me Twice (If Only . . . #1)
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)

    Homer Hickam
    Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company (Helium-3, #3)
    Rating: 3.29/5
  • Cover of Don't Call Me Baby

    Gwendolyn Heasley
    Don't Call Me Baby
    Rating: 3.73/5

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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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