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When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross.  This is well researched historical fiction based on the real-life pandemic considered to be the most devastating in recorded world history.

Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.

In modern-day England, where witches live alongside humans, Nathan, son of a White witch and the most powerful Black witch, must escape captivity before his seventeenth birthday and receive the gifts that will determine his future.

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December Teen Reads

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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 high gear and all the teens out there  are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time,  and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit?  Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained  during your winter break!

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares  by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

 Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter  scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York. 

 

   

 

 

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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.

 

 

 

 

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Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.

 

 

 

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future

 

 

 

 

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Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott

In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.

 

 

 

Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even... Read more

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by... Read more

Hobbit We Talk About Dragons!

Smaug is coming! Here's the trailer!

Just a few more days and Smaug will be in full glory on screen.  If you've got dragon fever check out these dragon themed stories for teens! 

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It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter... Read more

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of For Real

    Alison Cherry
    For Real
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)

    Alexandra Bracken
    In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)
    Rating: 4.52/5
  • Cover of Some Boys

    Patty Blount
    Some Boys
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Now That You're Here (Duplexity #1)

    Amy K. Nichols
    Now That You're Here (Duplexity #1)
    Rating: 3.79/5
  • Cover of Black Knight

    Christopher Pike
    Black Knight
    Rating: 3.96/5
  • Cover of Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)

    Romina Russell
    Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Vicious (Pretty Little Liars, #16)

    Sara Shepard
    Vicious (Pretty Little Liars, #16)
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Boundary

    Heather Terrell
    Boundary
    Rating: 3.7/5
  • Cover of Diamond Boy

    Michael Williams
    Diamond Boy
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of Like Water on Stone

    Dana Walrath
    Like Water on Stone
    Rating: 4.38/5

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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....