Seventeen-year-old Violet has been preparing her entire life to step into the shoes of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, who was kidnapped at age five and never seen again. She knows every detail of the missing girl's life. When the time is right, will Violet will “reappear” as the missing heiress?
This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL. Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.
December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into high gear and all the teens out there are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time, and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit? Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained during your winter break!
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future
Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott
In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.
Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!
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.
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!
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.
At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny. Be sure to check out Reckoners #2 Firefight.
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.