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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Dove 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
Lumberjanes 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.
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)!
The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her teenage co-workers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.
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.
A gorgeous, bewitching story of two outcast girls whose lives are twisted by an ancient prophecy. Who will be queen of the witches? Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed are bound by their unlikely friendship and the boy they both love.
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
Dark Mysteries at the Academy
When Death (and Others) Come Calling
The Humorous Undead and Other Otherworldy Creatures
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.)