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Okiku has wandered the world for centuries, freeing the innocent ghosts of the murdered-dead and taking the lives of killers with the vengeance they are due, but when she meets Tark she knows the moody teen with the series of intricate tattoos is not a monster and needs to be freed from the demonic malevolence that clings to him.

If you didn't have any bones, what would you look like? It wouldn't be pretty! Read all about vertebrates–animals with bones–and find out just how bones shape what animals look like.  This interactive book on comparative anatomy will get your students interested in what is holding them up. For Grades K-2.  

Winner of the 2015 top teen fiction award, the Printz!  A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the... Read more

Cool Pool Reads

It's Summer!  The best place to be is at the pool, except when you are at the library!  When you are sitting in your deck chair hanging out in the sun (or shade), check out these reads to keep you cool.  ... Read more

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

This blog entry is guest written by one of our summer interns, Sophia Fisher.  Sophia, a junior at Upper Arlington High School, has some read alike recommendations if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

Loved The Fault in Our Stars? Read this next... Read more

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Cost of All Things

    Maggie Lehrman
    The Cost of All Things
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)

    James Patterson
    Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)
    Rating: 4.18/5
  • Cover of Overtaken

    Mark H. Kruger
    Overtaken
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Swept Away

    Michelle Dalton
    Swept Away
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of Burn (Scan, #2)

    Sarah Fine
    Burn (Scan, #2)
    Rating: 4.21/5
  • Cover of End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)

    Susan Ee
    End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)
    Rating: 4.22/5
  • Cover of Cuckoo Song

    Frances Hardinge
    Cuckoo Song
    Rating: 4.11/5
  • Cover of An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

    Sabaa Tahir
    An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of The Pretty App (App, #2)

    Katie Sise
    The Pretty App (App, #2)
    Rating: 3.63/5
  • Cover of Only Ever Yours

    Louise O'Neill
    Only Ever Yours
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of My Life With The Walter Boys

    Ali Novak
    My Life With The Walter Boys
    Rating: 3.98/5
  • Cover of Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)

    Amy Plum
    Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
    Rating: 3.92/5

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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....