Teens' Place

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Does anyone ever see us for who we really are?  This novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

In an alternate nineteenth-century America that is still a colony of Britain's industrial empire, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees' struggle to survive is interrupted by a newcomer with no memoryof his escape, but bearing secrets about a terrible future that awaits all the refugees exiled from the empire.  

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What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories:

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading...Read more

Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what you...Read more

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 high gear...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 in the photos. Then...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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    Blythe Woolston
    MARTians
    Rating: 3.76/5
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    David Almond
    A Song for Ella Grey
    Rating: 3.48/5
  • Cover of Promises I Made

    Michelle Zink
    Promises I Made
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • Cover of Spinning Starlight

    R.C. Lewis
    Spinning Starlight
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of Hotel Ruby

    Suzanne Young
    Hotel Ruby
    Rating: 3.91/5
  • Cover of Frosted Kisses (The Cupcake Queen, #2)

    Heather Hepler
    Frosted Kisses (The Cupcake Queen, #2)
    Rating: 3.86/5
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    Colleen Gleason
    The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker & Holmes, #3)
    Rating: 4.17/5
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    Linda Buckley-Archer
    The Many Lives of John Stone
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of A Madness So Discreet

    Mindy McGinnis
    A Madness So Discreet
    Rating: 3.91/5
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    Pat Schmatz
    Lizard Radio
    Rating: 3.63/5
  • Cover of It's About Love

    Steven Camden
    It's About Love
    Rating: 3.91/5
  • Cover of Traffick (Tricks, #2)

    Ellen Hopkins
    Traffick (Tricks, #2)
    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.