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Harry Potter Read Alikes

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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.

Free Audiobooks All Summer

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For the past few years SYNC has offered two free audio titles for teens all summer long.  Each week features a young adult audiobook paired with a classic.  This year's line-up is diverse and interesting: Jane Eyre and Frankenstein are paired with stories like Raven Boys and Rotters.  You can even sign-up to get a text alert about the titles each week!  Downloads are in MP3 format and are Mac and Windows compatible.  Details can be found on the SYNC homepage at this link: http:// www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/sync-schedule-13/

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

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digits of Pi fading into distance

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:

Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

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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.

Wait, what?!

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!

–Submitted by Katie R. 

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

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. 

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

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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

Book cover for Battle of Dungragglin  Bokk Cover for The Edge of When  Book Cover for Prada & Prejudice  Book Cover for The Book of Time   Book Cover for Alice in Time  Book Cover for Erasing Time    

Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction

Book Cover for Maddigan's Fantasia  Book Cover for The Time Travelers  Book Cover for Pathfinder  Book Cover for A Wrinkle in Time  Book Cover for The Named  Book Cover for Obsidian Mirror

Romantic Time Travel

Book Cover for Time Between Us    Book Cover for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century  

Contemplating the Effects of Time

Book Cover for The New Policeman  Book Cover for Counter Clockwise  Book Cover for Antsy Does Time  Book Cover for The Power of Un  Book Cover for 15 Minutes

Non-Fiction

Book Cover for The Tools of Timekeeping   Book Cover for Albert Einstein   Book Cover for Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time    Book cover for The Manga of Physics

Happy Reading!

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