Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood…
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!
Wary of romance following her mother's second divorce and resisting her friends' attempts to fix her up with the hottest guy in school, Piper's life gets complicated when she receives a series of Valentines from a secret admirer.
As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner. If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges! This may seem like a daunting (SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.
Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step. Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests. Type in the word keywords “GED prep”, “ACT prep” or “SAT prep” into the catalog search bar. It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.
What school is right for me?
With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?! Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs. Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications! Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar. It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.
Worried about tuition and student loans?
We have information about that too! Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier. Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar. It will help you find resources about how to pay for college.
Knowledge is power! The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.
Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures. Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.
Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun! (Links open in a new window)
And for some online fun check out the Website (and App) ElfYourself.com where you can upload your picture and turn yourself into an elf!
Books about Elves, Faeries, Winter Fairytales, and Holiday Fun!
Happy Winter Reading!
Nick Pearson, a teen in the Witness Protection Program, moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television.
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.
When the Spanish influenza epidemic reaches Portland, Oregon, in 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo leaves behind the comfort of her boarding school to work for the Red Cross. This is well researched historical fiction based on the real-life pandemic considered to be the most devastating in recorded world history.