In an alternative version of Victorian London, seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeney Todd.
Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.
When Joseph joins Jack's family as a foster child, they already know a few things about his story: he is coming from a juvenile corrections facility because he attacked his teacher and he has a daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. As lives unfold, both Jack and Joseph discover that friends, family and love can be found in unexpected places.
Check out what one of our crafty teen volunteers did with her Dig Into Reading t-shirt!
We'd love to see your creative make-overs as well.
Is the stress of exams getting you down? Are you jolted awake after having a terrible nightmare that you didn’t study for your AP exam at all? Do you have words tattooed on your face from falling asleep face-first into your notes? It sounds like you have a terrible case of the exam-season blues.
Luckily, the library is here to help. Here at Upper Arlington Library, we have a lot of different solutions to your troubles. We have new tables in the back of the Youth Department that are designated study tables. They are tucked in the back, perfect for reviewing notes or revising a final paper.
We also have access to a bunch of great databases. Click here for quick and easy access. You can also access it by going to our website. Click on the “Research” tab at the top of the homepage. From the drop-down menu, select “Databases”. This will take you to a page that has oodles of databases to choose from; just select the one that works best for you! This can help if you are missing some scholarly articles for an upcoming research paper. A great trick, if you need a book, but can’t seem to find a good one on your research topic, is to look at scholarly articles and check out their works cited page. If they have books listed, go ahead and see if we have them here at the library.
In a procrastination mood? Well at least you can read a good book while you think about maybe…perhaps…someday…at one point…possibly…starting your essay on capitalism in modern society. Come on over and check out some of the great new books we have in our teen section. Take a peek as some of the ones listed below.
Or maybe you need to focus on your relaxation techniques. You can always grab a yoga DVD or pick up a book about meditation. Taking some time to relax can help make a big project not seem so daunting. Try the books Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You or My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing anxiety and Panic.
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. Uncle Mort is not a farmer, but actually a Grim Reaper and he's going to teach Lex the family business.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are seeking a supposedly-dead princess to place her on the throne and end political turmoil. Girls who look like the princess are being murdered, and Johanna Von Arlo, forced to work for Lord Rafael DeSilva after her father's suspicious death, is a dead-ringer for the missing princess.
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. Lady A is a seventeen-year-old orphan named Arista who trades in secrets and lives in fear of her abusive master. To escape this life she has to pass herself off as a boy to move safely through London's criminal underworld. Everything changes when she meets Grae Sinclair, who loves Arista for who she is and promises to help her escape her criminal life.
Free Comic Book Day is one day each year - the first Saturday in May - when comic shops celebrate comics! Find out how area comic book stores plan to make the day special with face painting, giveaways of comic books and the appearance of your favorite characters at freecomicbookday.com and click on the Comic Book Day locator to find an event near you.
Check out the video below to see what Stan Lee has to say about Free Comic Book Day. (Note: Links open in new window)
The Library is also celebrating with a Design Your Your Character graphic novel program. The program is on Saturday May 3rd at 1:00 pm. Local comic book artist Julian Dassai will be there and will give tips and techniques and walk you through the process of designing a character. So, get ready to draw!! Registration is required and the program is for 5th to 8th graders; register here.
The library also has a great collection of comics, manga, and graphic novels - everything from superheroes, to mystery, to realistic stories, to classics re-imagined in graphic novel form, and more. Check out the links below for some favorite picks.
Happy (Comic Book) Reading!
What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.
Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories: