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Horror Fiction for Teens: Wickedpedia

Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

True Tales to be Told: Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries

We love to root for the underdog, and that is part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail or succeed, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

Horror Novels: Burning

After three years in juvenile detention, Angela is just months shy of release.  When ten-year-old Jessica arrives in shackles and is placed in segregation, creepy things begin to happen and it becomes clear that Jessica and her possible supernatural powers are more dangerous than anyone expected.

Looking Good!

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Are you Boho? Grunge? Hippie? A Teddy Girl?  And what, exactly, is a kirtle?   The Fashion Book examines the history of fashion and explains how to incorporate classic looks into a modern wardrobe.

Musical Mondays: Books with Music Playlists

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Welcome to Musical Mondays! A blog about books and music.

A lot of books now intertwine the story, characters, and plot, with music. Some have a music playlist designed to go with the book, some weave songs and music right into the story, and others focus on music as a major part of the plot or characters’ lives. Either way, it’s a celebration of two great things: stories and music! So, this summer I will be posting 3 blogs the first Monday of each month that highlight some of these books and their music. This blog will be the first, and then there will be one in July, and a final post in August.

To start us off I will jump right in with music playlists designed to go with the books or music the author was listening to as they wrote that inspired the story. Interestingly, a lot of these aren’t necessarily about music, they just have music playlists that the author has created to go with their book. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins  Anna and the French Kiss Playlist 
Book Cover for Boy21 by Matthew Quick Perkins has created a 15 track playlist to go with the book. Much of it is French Rock! She also has a separate “Spoilers” page where she shares the story behind the songs. 

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen  Along for the Ride Playlist 
These are the songs the author was listening to as she wrote and they evoke the feel of the characters and what happens in the story. 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick Boy21 Playlist 
This playlist appears in an article about music and books. It was designed by Quick to tell the story, as he put together the songs from the book in the order they appear in the novel and matched them to different parts of the story.

Divergent by Veronica Roth  Divergent Playlist 
These songs helped inspire the books and were what she listened too during the writing process. Includes notes about why each song is important. 

Book Cover fro Dove Rising by Karen BaoDove Arising by Karen Bao  Dove Arising Playlist 
The playlist for this dystopian sci-fi novel is unique – it actually has its own title! The title is: Music on the Moon. The site features the songs on the playlist as well as Bao’s explanations of how each relates to the book.

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger  DUFF Playlist
Keplinger puts together a playlist to go with all her books and it is usually made up of songs that remind her of the characters or story or that she was listening too when she wrote. The DUFF Playlist includes songs from the two main characters perspective. Also check out the sequel Lying Out Loud. It too has a Playlist.

Half Bad by Sally Green Half Bad Playlist
This is a playlist inspired by the book. Spoiler Alert: If you haven‘t read the book yet, skip the song descriptions until you’ve finished reading as their explanations give major parts of the book away! And don't miss Half Wild and Half Lost

Book Cover for Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonLumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
This is a collection of the Lumberjanes monthly comic. At the end of each issue is a track list of a mixtape that has been put together by one of the characters.  And if you are already reading and have gotten to issue #4 you’ll notice part of Jen’s list is covered in paint! For a full listing of Jen’s playlist check out the article Drawn to Comics

Mosquitoland by David Arnold Mosquitoland Playlist
Arnold began as a musician and some of his musical creations can be found on his site Cinema Cycle. There you can also find the music playlist, with his original songs, that are inspired by two of his novel, as well as a video he made for one of the songs.

Paper Towns by John Green  Paper Towns Playlist 
John Green’s first playlist for one of his books!

Relativity by Cristin Bishara Relativity Playlist
Book Cover for Relativity by Cristin BisharaBishara felt that if movies can have soundtracks, why not books? So, she created one for her novel!

Young Elites by Marie Lu  Young Elites Playlist 
This playlist is in an article about the Young Elite’s series and highlights Lu’s Playlist for Adeline from the series. Includes why she picked the songs. She also made a playlist for Champion which can be found on her Tumblr page. 

That’s it for this month. Come back for our next installment, Where Books and Music Collide, for a look at books that weave music and songs throughout the story.

Happy Reading (and listening)!

 

Dystopian Novels for Teens: Ink and Bone

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly, but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.  When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life, and soon both heretics and books will burn.

Trick or Treat: Visit these strange, dark, and sometimes even humorous, reads for Halloween. You never know what awaits you!

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It's that time again. The air is cool and crisp, the days are growing shorter, and the night is coming to life. What mysteries lie in dark? What stories will you uncover deep in the piling leaves? As the shadows come alive, magic awaits around corners and in the pages of new found books. For the macabre, the dark, the mysterious, the magical, and even the spookily funny check these out:(Note: Links open in new window)

Strange, Dark, Other Worldly Abilities

Book Coverf for Shadowcry   Book Cover for the Rithmatist   Book Cover for Beautiful Decay   Book Cover for The Gathering Storm   Book Cover for Lily Dale: Awakening    

Dark Mysteries at the Academy

   Book Cover for Spookygirl   Book Cover for Last Academy     Book Cover for Nightmare Affair

When Death (and Others) Come Calling

Book Cover for The Wrap Up List   Book Cover for Coraline   Book Cover for Death Watch   Cover for Unnatural Creatures   Book Cover for The Halloween Tree

The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures

Book Cover for Fang Girl  Book Cover for Bras and Broomsticks   Book Cover for Eighth Grade Bites   Book Cover for Vampire High    Book Cover for Hex Hall

Happy Reading!

 

New Teen Discovery Kits!

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New Teen Discovery Kits available for check out!

The UAPL has two new Discovery Kits just for teens!  Discovery Kits contain traditional materials like books and add a hands-on component.  They’re a fun way to learn and experiment. 

Teen Discovery Kit: Learn the Ukulele contains Includes three books, two CDs, one ukulele and one ukulele carrying case. It’s a great way to try out the instrument!

Teen Discovery Kit: Explore Circuitry Includes four books, one Makey Makey kit and one Little Bits base kit. This kit is a fun introduction to circuits and how they work including how to make actual bananas function as a keyboard! (Sorry, bananas are not included in the kit.)

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