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December Teen Reads

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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!

cover shot for Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan

 

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. 

 

   

 

 

Cover image for Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

 

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.

 

 

 

 

cover image for Wintertown by Stephen Emond

 

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

 

 

 

 

Cover image for Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott

 

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!

Sci-Fi Pick: Obsidian Mirror

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.  

Sci-Fi for Teens: The Inventor's Secret

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.  

Be a Giver on World Book Night!

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Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community?WBN book logo 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!  

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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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:

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!

The Fault in Our Stars Read Alikes

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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!

 

Fault in Our Stars cover imageThe 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.

 

 

 

 

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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 cover imageAutobiography 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.

 

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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.

Book Quotes

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“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.

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