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.
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.
Our guest blog this week was written by Angela, one of our summer teen interns here at the UAPL.
Love Harry Potter? Diagon Alley is making its debut opening in Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Harry Potter, written by beloved author J.K. Rowling, is one of the most widely known adventure and fantasy series in the world. If you can't make it to the park and are looking for a new read, check out some of these read-a-likes. They may help ease the ache for an adventure in the Wizarding World.
Ranger’s Apprentice (Book Series) by John Flanagan.
When 15 year old Will is rejected by battle school, he becomes the chosen apprentice to the mysterious yet powerful Ranger Halt, and protects his kingdom from danger. He encounters various foes and befriends numerous creatures along his journeys throughout Araluen.
Magyk by Angie Sage.
After learning that she is the Princess. Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412 – pursued by agents of those who killed her mother 10 years earlier. Meanwhile, her 7th brother encounters his own troubles.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
Do you believe in Zeus? After he learns he is the son of Poseidon and is accused of stealing Zeus’s Lightning Bolt, Percy Jackson sets out to recover the bolt, prove his innocence4, and prevent a war between the Greek gods that could destroy the Earth. Be sure to read the rest of the book series for a taste in Greek mythology, a branch from the Harry’s Wizarding World.
A bone-crunching journey from football's origins to the latest research on concussion and traumatic brain injuries in the sport. Fourth Down and Inches features exclusive photography and interviews with scientists, players, and the families of athletes who have literally given everything to the game.
Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)
Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future
Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction
Romantic Time Travel
Contemplating the Effects of Time
This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a celebration of the infinite digits of Pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.
Pi is often abbreviated to the first two digits after the decimal point or 3.14. This year (and the only time this century) the first five digits correspond to the date: 3. 1415 or 3/14/15.
In honor of Pi Day here are a few titles with a math focus to enjoy:
In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.
Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even helps to define characters and scenes. So many authors (and fans!) have begun asking: Why not soundtracks for books?
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I think that is a great idea! What better way to enhance the story, add to character, bring a book to a whole new interactive level, or even be able to take a piece of the book and the characters it brought to life with you! I've found that when I am reading certain books I naturally listen to specific songs the whole way through - instinctively creating a kind of playlist as I read. It really sets the tone and immerses me in that world.
Recently I read Relativity by Cristin Bishara which is a surprisingly realistic science fiction book about a girl who discovers a way to access multiple versions of her life and must choose which version she wants to be her own. It was fast paced, jumping from world to world, life to life, really giving you a lot to think about along the way. Bishara has created a playlist to go with the story, one I wished I had discovered before I read the book. Click the CD for a link to the author's website and the music playlist and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.
Eleanor and Park (2014 Printz Honor Book) author Rainbow Rowell says that with every book she writes she makes a playlist to go with them. She actually works on them at the same time she writes the story! She has created quite an extensive playlist, with links to songs, videos, and commentary for Eleanor and Park. Again this would have been awesome to read while listening to the music, as the music aspect is deeply embedded in the story, creating a beautiful dynamic between the two main characters. The mixed tapes that Park makes for Eleanor and that give her a glimmer of light in her life truly captures the ways music connects people. Click the CD for a link to the Eleanor and Park website and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.
Music was also an integral part of the book If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It's a story about a girl who looks back on her life after a tragic accident and must decide if she wants to stay or move on. She is a gifted classical musician who's father is a former rock musician so music has been part of her childhood. She falls in love with a rock musician and their relationship is bound up in the their love for music and is key to their story as is the way that music ties her to her parents and family. The author, Gayle Forman, has put together a playlist of some of the songs from the book in the order that they appear in the story. Click the audiobook cover for links to the playlists, video trailers, and a talk about musical inspirations for the book and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.
For a list of books with playlists check out the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) wiki Books/Authors with Soundtracks/Playlists.
For links to the library catalog for these and other books with playlists or that have music as a central part of the story check out the links below.
Welcome back everyone! This is the last post in the Super Power Saturdays blog series. We have covered a lot of different books this summer – super powers in fiction and graphic novels, unique teen powers in fiction, heroes in the real world in nonfiction, and more. If you missed any of these posts, or just want to re-read them, links to them are at the end of this blog post. Now, after reading all these great books, it’s time to take that super powered inspiration and channel it into creating our own stories. So, to wrap things up we will look at books that can help you create your own stories, characters, graphic novels, and even find out how to break into the writing and graphic art business! A few great ones to start with are:
- So, You Want To Be a Comic Book Artist? By Philip Amara
- Seize the Story: A Handbook for Teen Who Like to Write by Victoria Hanley
- Your Name in Print: A Teen’s Guide to Publishing for Fun, Profit, and Academic Success by Elizabeth Harper
- Making Comics by Scott McCloud
- Comics and Graphic Novels by Richard Spilsbury
- Draw Your Own Manga: Beyond the Basics by Haruno Nagatomo
- Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer
- So, You Want To Be a Writer: How to Write, Get Published, and Maybe Even Make It Big! by Vicki Hambleton
- Immersed in Verse by Allan Wolf
- Drawing Manga: Animals, Chibis, and Other Adorable Creatures by J. C. Amberlyn
- Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice by Catherine Lewis
- How to Write Your Life Story by Ralph Fletcher
For some online fun here are some apps and websites to help you start your own comics. Bitstrips is a free App that can turn you and your friends into comic characters. BUBBLR is an interactive site that lets you create comic strips using photos from flickr. Make Beliefs Comix, also an interactive site, has different online features and options, as well as printable downloads and writing prompts, to help you to create your own comics.
For links to these and other great books about creating your own stories, characters, and graphic novels check out the Draw Me! Write Me! book list in our catalog.
Blogs in this Super Power Saturdays blog series:
- Teen Super Powers! (Teen Fiction)
- Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!
- Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers! (Teen Fiction)
- Teen NonFiction Flies!
Booklists from this blog series:
- Teen Powers
- Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!
- Teen Powers: All Kinds of Powers!
- Teen NonFiction Flies!
- Draw Me! Write Me!
Happy “Super Powered” Reading!
In a post-apocalyptic world where nothing is as it seems, seventeen-year-old Amy and Baby, a toddler she found while scavenging, struggle to survive while vicious, predatory creatures from another planet roam the Earth.