Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? It’s Shakespeare’s birthday and 25,000 volunteers will go out on one day and give a half million specially printed paperbacks to light or non-readers across America. Apply to be a book giver by January 5, 2014 by going to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/ read up on the guidelines and list of books, and then apply! If you're accepted, choose UAPL as your preferred book pick-up location!
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:
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
- Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
- 15 Minutes by Steve Young
- Kat, Inocorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
- Shifter by Janice Hardy
- Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin
- Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
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!
Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon.
It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon. To grab some much needed funding and attention, they decide to launch a historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to the once top secret moon base DARLAH 2. Mia, Antoine, and Midori are going on the trip of a lifetime, and only one is coming back.
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!
The Fault in Our Stars, a young adult novel by acclaimed author John Green, has flown off the shelves with the premier of The Fault in Our Stars movie. If you loved this book (or movie), or if you are the 168th person in the request line for this fabulous novel, check out these read alikes. They may help dampen any post-reading-an-emotional-book withdrawal that many fans of “The Fault in Our Stars” have experienced.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two sixteen-year-olds carry on a wintry scavenger hunt at Christmas-time in New York, neither knowing quite what–or who–they will find. This whirlwind romance is sure to captivate readers from the first page to the last.
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
“I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison.”
Lucy Grealy is diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer when she is nine years old. When she returns to school, she faces taunts from classmates and friends. This book captures the essence of true strength of truth and beauty, and addresses what it means to triumph over suffering.
The Half Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin
An unlikely romance develops between a science-minded girl who is determined to reclaim her reputation and a boy with Asperger's Syndrome. This is a story about two kids who discover that the best parts of people can’t be summed up easily. Forget the cheesy cover—it is worth it.
“I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.” - Jane Austen
Some of the best books leave us with words that can help or guide us throughout our lives; or, at the very least, with passages that ring true to how we live or what we believe. The quote above seems fitting for this time of year when we think of gratitude.
Do you keep bookquotes or have any special ones to share?
Happy Thanksgiving week everyone. We hope your holiday brings you your particular happiness.
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.
To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.
Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
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.
Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.
Jennifer could not decide and picked two!
- A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber: Twelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
- Relativity by Cristin Bishara: Ruby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?
Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.
Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock
Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.
Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.
Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria
Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.
Sue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier
Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a manor house which they soon discover is cursed.
Sarah: We Were Liars by
Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.
From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!
Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties. When Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action, or never see her mother again.
A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.