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.

Funny Teen Fiction: The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy

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 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of reading here at UAPL each of us at Tremont picked one novel that we loved from this year.  

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Dena picked: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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Dana: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This debut novel weaves magical realism through generations of a family to tell a beautiful tale of love and loss.  

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Jennifer could not decide and picked two!

  • A Beautiful Friendship by David WeberTwelve-year-old Stephanie Harrington, a genetically-enhanced girl, moves to the pioneer planet of Sphinx, and is in danger from highly placed enemies who want to ensure that the planet remains entirely in human hands.
  • Relativity by Cristin BisharaRuby Wright discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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Tracie's Pick: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Orphaned Meira, a fierce chakram-wielding warrior from the Kingdom of Winter, must struggle to free her people from the tyranny of an opposing kingdom while also protecting her own destiny.

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Katie: Starbird Murphyand the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock

Starbird has spent the first sixteen years of her life on a commune in the woods of Washington State. When she gets her Calling to become a waitress at the farm's satellite restaurant in Seattle, it means leaving behind the only place she's ever known and entering the World Outside.

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Laura: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Beaten and left for dead, fourteen-year-old Tula Bane finds herself abandoned on a space station called Yertina Feray after traveling with the colonist group, Children of the Earth.

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Stephanie: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people for a school assignment, but it soon becomes a way to deal with the loves and losses in her life.  

Sue with the Night GardenerSue: The Night Garderner by Jonathan Auxier

Two orphans travel to England to work as servants in a  manor house which they soon discover is cursed.

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E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer.

From all of us have a Happy Reading New Year 2015 everyone!

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

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2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by Prudence Shen, art by Faith Erin Hicks  

It is war: cheerleaders vs robotics club for their funding for the year, what could go wrong?

2.) A Devil and Her Love Song. story and art by Miyoshi Tomori  Manga from Shojo Beat.

3.) Primates:the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas. story by Jim Ottavani, art by Maris Wicks

Birute Galdikas was also featured in the documentary: “Born to be Wild” which we also have available on DVD or Blue-ray!

4.)  Laddertop. (Volumes 1&2) story by Orson and Janice Card illustrations by Honoel Ibardolaza  New sci-fi series from the author of Ender's Game

5.) Boxers. and Saints. the new 2 volume set by the author of “American Born Chinese”, Gene Luen Yang.  

In graphic memoir fashion it chronicles the bloody Boxer rebellion from in China at the end of the 1800's.

6.) Little Fish: a Memoir From a Different Kind of Year.  story and art by Ramsey Beyer

Told through real-life journals, collages, lists, and drawings, this coming-of-age story illustrates the transformation of an 18-year-old girl from a small-town teenager into an independent city-dwelling college student.

7.) Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. story and art Tony Cliff 

Delilah Dirk is a world traveler in a time where most women stayed home.  She uses her skills learned on the road to plunder and rob the corrupt and injust.

8.) Battling Boy. story and art by Paul Pope

New demi-god vs monster action!

9.)​Dawn of the Arcana. story and art by Rei Toma

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

10.) Will and Whit. story and art by Laura Lee Gulledge

​From the author of “Page by Paige” comes the story of Will (Wilhemina) who crafts whimsical lamps to deal with her fear of the dark. As she wraps up another summer in her mountain town, she longs for unplugged adventures with her fellow creative friends, Autumn, Noel, and Reese. Little does she know that she will get her wish in the form of an arts carnival and a blackout, courtesy of a hurricane named Whitney, which forces Will to face her fear of darkness.

11.) ​Sherlock Bones. story by Yuma Ando and art by Yuki Sado

New manga! Mystery solving Sherlock Homes is reincarnated into a cute dog with his owner, Takeru as Dr. Watson

12.) Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.

For the horror fan, a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's tale of Frankenstein.  

Please also check out YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) for their enormous list of great graphic novels of the past 2 years.


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