Teens @ UAPL

Like the Maze Runner? Check out James Dashner's new series The Mortality Doctrine

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If you liked James Dashner's Maze Runner series and are searching for something new to read, check out his new series The Mortality Doctrine - an action packed, virtual reality, gamer adventure. The Eye of Minds is the first in the series (see the book trailer below for a sneak peek). The Rule of Thoughts is book two and was just released August 2014.

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Also, check out Dashner's awesome website jamesdashner.com where he has book excerpts, trailers, blogs, and more. He also has a site Dashner Army about all things Maze Runner and Mortality Doctrine. There you can find info, contests, games, videos, challenges, and even movie tie-in editions of his books. Plus, you can join the Dashner Army where you can be the first to know about James Dashner events, news, and more.

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

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Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book. 

First up is Goodreads.  Did you know the UAPL has a Goodreads page?  We continuously update lists of the best books we’ve been reading.  Check out this link to find suggestions for different ages and genres; or better yet, become a friend so you’re always in the know!  (To find the book lists, choose Bookshelf under Group Home on the right.)

Next up is the YALSA app.  YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association and they have lots of great recommendations for ages 12-18 including award winners. You can find out about their app for Android or Apple by clicking here.  

Of course you can always stop in at any of our locations and ask for ideas or let us know if you have a favorite book finding tool.  We'd love to see you and hear what you've been reading!

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. 

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.

Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

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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.

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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!