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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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Teen novels set in Ireland

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

 

The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)

 

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Anne Bray

 

It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)

Zom-B by Darren Shan

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)

 

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)
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Free Comic Book Day is May 3rd

Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at... Read more

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:

 

Meshed String by Lexi R.

(In... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3)

    Shannon Hale
    The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy, #3)
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Cover of Down from the Mountain

    Elizabeth Fixmer
    Down from the Mountain
    Rating: 3.6/5
  • Cover of The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles, #1)

    Ian Johnstone
    The Bell Between Worlds (The Mirror Chronicles, #1)
    Rating: 3.89/5
  • Cover of Finding the Worm

    Mark Goldblatt
    Finding the Worm
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of The Bargaining

    Carly Anne West
    The Bargaining
    Rating: 3.43/5
  • Cover of Better Than Perfect

    Melissa Kantor
    Better Than Perfect
    Rating: 3.39/5
  • Cover of The Distance Between Lost and Found

    Kathryn Holmes
    The Distance Between Lost and Found
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of Seeker (Seeker, #1)

    Arwen Elys Dayton
    Seeker (Seeker, #1)
    Rating: 3.3/5
  • Cover of Inherit Midnight

    Kate Kae Myers
    Inherit Midnight
    Rating: 3.58/5
  • Cover of Tunnel Vision

    Susan Adrian
    Tunnel Vision
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Utopia, Iowa

    Brian Yansky
    Utopia, Iowa
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of I Remember You

    Cathleen Davitt Bell
    I Remember You
    Rating: 3.85/5

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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....