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Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments for the reclusive Oberon Venn.  His father was experimenting with a black mirror that is a portal to both the past and the future.  Jake is determined to use the mirror to find out the truth.  Many others also seek the mirror, but only one can succeed.  

Tagus is a medical slave who wants to be a gladiator.  Lucia is the daughter of Tagus's owner and betrothed to an older man. The two teenagers are in love with each other, but it is the year 79 and soon Vesuvius will alter their lives forever.

This superb introduction to archaeology and anthropology looks closely at four ordinary people who lived thousands of years ago and were discovered within the last 20 years: Turkana Boy, Lapedo Child, Kennewick Man, and Iceman.  The discovery of the bones of these people has influenced debates about the nature of the earliest members of the family Hominidae.  

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Military Teen Fiction

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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 WAVES during WWII and taught men how to fly planes, but because she was a woman she wasn't actually allowed to fly them herself; and my husband, who served on the USAF for 20 years, during which he engaged in three wars and a number of insurgencies around the world, often in combat. 

Here at the library we get a number of teens who are curious about the military, and are interested in reading both fiction and non-fiction books about life as a soldier. Need some suggestions? Here ya' go! 

Soldier Doll by Jennifer Gold  I know, you're thrown by the fact that this is about a doll; don't be. The soldier doll is simply used to guide the reader through a number of wars, and to introduce us to the lives of the soldiers and civilians effected, and as a symbol–for hope, or death, only the reader can decide. 

 

The Right Fight by Chris Lynch  Readers who like to read about WWII will enjoy the newest Chris Lynch,  about a young man who is drafted immediately before the beginning of WWII and sent to the North African campaign. 

 

Violins of Autumn by Amy McAuley  Fans of spy novels will enjoy this WWII fiction about 17-year-old Betty who parachutes into German-occupied France to join the underground Resistance as a spy. 

 

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft  This book is awesome; it is actually on my Mock Printz list. Arlo Santiago lives life a moment at a time. His sister is slowly dying of a debilitating disease, and he and his family are still grieving over the death of his mother. To settle his mind he rides dirt bikes and plays drone warfare video games, both very well. So well in fact that the US military have taken notice and want him to fly real drones. 

 

 

 

Trick or Treat: Visit these strange, dark, and sometimes even humorous, reads for Halloween. You never know what awaits you!

It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books....Read more

Smoothies

berry smoothie in a glass with blenderA smoothie is a great way to start the day.  Smoothies are...Read more

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of While We Run (When We Wake, #2)

    Karen Healey
    While We Run (When We Wake, #2)
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of The End or Something Like That

    Ann Dee Ellis
    The End or Something Like That
    Rating: 3.6/5
  • Cover of Oblivion

    Sasha Dawn
    Oblivion
    Rating: 3.8/5
  • Cover of How to Meet Boys

    Catherine Clark
    How to Meet Boys
    Rating: 3.27/5
  • Cover of Blue Gold

    Elizabeth Stewart
    Blue Gold
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of The Dark World (Dark World, #1)

    Cara Lynn Shultz
    The Dark World (Dark World, #1)
    Rating: 3.77/5
  • Cover of Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)

    James Patterson
    Save Rafe! (Middle School, #5)
    Rating: 4.27/5
  • Cover of Everything Leads to You

    Nina LaCour
    Everything Leads to You
    Rating: 3.97/5
  • Cover of Complicit

    Stephanie Kuehn
    Complicit
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of The Garden of Darkness

    Gillian Murray Kendall
    The Garden of Darkness
    Rating: 3.95/5
  • Cover of The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)

    April Henry
    The Body in the Woods (Point Last Seen, #1)
    Rating: 3.51/5
  • Cover of License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)

    Lisi Harrison
    License to Spill (Pretenders, #2)
    Rating: 3.84/5

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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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