It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. Sloane disappears right before an epic summer and all she leaves behind is a to-do list. Quiet Emily, with unexpected help from popular classmate Frank Porter, decides to give the list a try. Maybe it will be an epic summer?!
Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests. There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important. There isn’t even time to read a good book.
That’s not true! While it may seem like there is hardly time to even breath while you are getting used to new classes, new teachers, and new material, there is still hope.
In fact, making time to read can help you stay relaxed and focused. After a long day at school, you may just want to jump right into your homework, but sometimes you need a brain break. A quick chapter of a good book could help you get that little break you need. Reading can also help take your mind off all the school work you have to do before you pass out. Have you ever done your math homework right before bed and then started dreaming about the pythagorean theorem? For your sake, I hope not!
Collections of short stories, poems, or vignettes are a perfect pick for the school year; if you don’t have a chance to get back to the book for a couple of days, you won’t have to worry about remembering where you left off. Here are some great books to help you get into the habit of making time to read for FUN!
- House on Mango Street by Cisneros
- Poems for Homeroom: a Writer's Place to Start by Appelt
- Geektastic: Stories from the Nerdherd
- Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances
- Girl Meets Boy: [Because there are two sides to every story]
–Submitted by Katie R.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ry, a teenaged boy, encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.
In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.
Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the definition from the website Holiday Insights. According to them a geek is “an individual who is highly intelligent (brainy) and technically oriented. They are most often associated with the computer, and computer systems world. A geek is usually formal, studious and into his [or her ;-)] technical world, often to the exclusion of all else. A geek is closely related to a “Nerd”. A nerd however, may or may not possess technical expertise.” So whether you are a geek or a nerd - tech savvy, a bookworm, own every comic book ever printed (or aspire to!), so immersed in games (video or otherwise) all else pales, or some other wonderful variety of geek - today is your day. Applaud your unique inner wonderfulness!
In honor of Geekness Day, and being of the bookish (and sciencey! and maybe even gamer!) sort of geek :-), I've listed some of my favorite books below. Some of the characters might qualify as geeks :-), some are just my favorites.
Oh, and don't forget to check out Geektatsic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. It is a collection of short stories by prominent (and some might even say geeky ;-)) authors of teen literature covering all things, well, Geeky.
Happy Reading and have a Geektastic day!