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A poet is visiting Elinor's school to celebrate National Poetry Month and every student will be sharing one of their pocket poems.  Elinor has a hard time writing the “perfect” poem and soon everyone in the class has a poem in their pocket except Elinor.  When the visiting poet arrives, Elinor reveals that she could not get her poem right.  With the help of the poet, Elinor learns that real poetry comes from the heart.  Recommended for Grades 1 and above.  

Two of you exist.  Only one will survive.  West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.  

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.

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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Summer Library Club (SLC) is well underway and we are deep into exploring super powers in teen books. So far we have looked at super powers in fiction in the post Teen Super Powers and super powers in that place that gave super powers their start - graphic novels - in Graphic Novels: We Started It All! But, there are more than just super powers out there. This week we will look at books that explore some of these other unique powers, such as having magical abilities, being able to time travel, having psychic powers, learning you are a witch or fairy godmother, being able to raise the dead, being a hero, and more. For some top picks check these out:

For a look at The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott check out the book trailer below. And for some extra fun check out his website, Michael Scott, where he also has lots of extras, info, interviews, and even some Doctor Who stuff! By the way, when I saw this trailer not only did it make me want to run out and read this series, but made me hope for a movie! This is an edge of your seat trailer!

 

For links to these, and other teen books with a focus on all kinds of teen powers, in our catalog see the Teens Powers: All Kinds of Powers! book list.

Also, be sure to check back in July for our last two blog posts in the Super Power Saturdays series. July 11th will highlight heroes in nonfiction in Teen NonFiction Flies! and July 25th with wrap things up with books about creating your own stories, comics, and characters in Draw Me! Write Me!.

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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

Blockbuster Movie Month!

clapboardFriday May 2nd the blockbuster movie season starts!  

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Novice (Summoner, #1)

    Taran Matharu
    The Novice (Summoner, #1)
    Rating: 4.14/5
  • Cover of Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)

    A.C. Gaughen
    Lion Heart (Scarlet, #3)
    Rating: 4.16/5
  • Cover of The Revelation of Louisa May

    Michaela MacColl
    The Revelation of Louisa May
    Rating: 3.56/5
  • Cover of Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)

    Jenny McLachlan
    Flirty Dancing (The Ladybirds, #1)
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of Saint Anything

    Sarah Dessen
    Saint Anything
    Rating: 4.07/5
  • Cover of A Matter of Heart

    Amy Fellner Dominy
    A Matter of Heart
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of Hit Count

    Chris Lynch
    Hit Count
    Rating: 3.64/5
  • Cover of Crimson Bound

    Rosamund Hodge
    Crimson Bound
    Rating: 3.72/5
  • Cover of Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)

    Lynne Matson
    Nil Unlocked (Nil, #2)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)

    Angie Stanton
    Under the Spotlight (The Jamieson Collection #3)
    Rating: 3.66/5
  • Cover of The Fill-In Boyfriend

    Kasie West
    The Fill-In Boyfriend
    Rating: 3.93/5
  • Cover of 5 to 1

    Holly Bodger
    5 to 1
    Rating: 3.8/5

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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....