Annie Fleet, master scuba diver and history buff, is persuaded by her teacher to seek Cortez's long-lost treasure during a school trip to Mexico. She finds that her plans to get Josh to notice her are not the only thing in danger as rival treasure-hunters try to do away with her.
Living on opposite sides of their Brooklyn neighborhood, strict Hasidic Devorah and fun-loving nerd Jaxon forge an unexpected connection when they become trapped in an elevator during a hurricane, after which they pursue a secret romance.
You Tube stars Dan and Phil want you to join them on a journey into their minds. This is the humorous story of their awkward youth and how they became You Tube stars. Go behind the scenes to take a tour of their success which includes advice and tips for all of their followers.
This is a guest blog, by Eileen F., a local high school student and summer intern here at the UAPL. Eileen recommends several reads for teens for December.
December is finally here! The holiday season is kicking into high gear and all the teens out there are probably counting down the days until winter break. With winter break comes free time, and what better way to fill it than with reading some holiday books to get you in the spirit? Here are some recommendations that are sure to get you excited and keep you entertained during your winter break!
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Told in the alternating voices of Dash and Lily, two teens who carry on a winter scavenger hunt in Christmas-time New York.
Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle
In three intertwining short stories, several high school couples experience the trials and tribulations along with the joys of romance during a Christmas Eve snowstorm in a small town.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Evan and Lucy, childhood best friends who grew apart after years of seeing one another only during Christmas break, begin a romance at age seventeen but his choice to mindlessly follow his father's plans for an Ivy League education rather than becoming the cartoonist he longs to be, and her more destructive choices in the wake of family problems, pull them apart.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A miser learns the true meaning of Christmas when three ghostly visitors review his past and foretell his future
Jingle Boy by Kieran Scott
In this electronic book, sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas, long a Christmas-tradition keeper, is beginning to understand why his best friend hates the holiday season.
Have fun reading and enjoy your holidays!
It’s summer! Time for traveling, road trips, and adventure! So, if you’re planning a trip and need some inspiration, are looking for a book to accompany you on your road trip adventure, or just want to live vicariously through the winding roads and travel adventures of others, check out some of these books. And for a sneak peek here is the book trailer for Let’s Get Lost by Alsaid.
Looking for Answers on the Road
- 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
- Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
- Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup
- Mosquitoland by David Arnold
Love and the Road
- Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
- Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
- Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith
Happy Reading (and traveling!)
The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. By age 15, he had reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains.
Seventeen-year-old Violet has been preparing her entire life to step into the shoes of the missing heiress Erica Silverman, who was kidnapped at age five and never seen again. She knows every detail of the missing girl's life. When the time is right, will Violet will “reappear” as the missing heiress?
Want to be a World Book Night book giver on April 23, 2014, in support of literacy and community? 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!
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:
- The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
- Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
- Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
- 15 Minutes by Steve Young
- Kat, Inocorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
- Dead Kid Detective Agency by Evan Munday
- Shifter by Janice Hardy
- Society of Unrelenting Vigilance by Glenn Dakin
- Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
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!
Jake's father disappears while working on mysterious experiments for the reclusive Oberon Venn. His father was experimenting with a black mirror that is a portal to both the past and the future. Jake is determined to use the mirror to find out the truth. Many others also seek the mirror, but only one can succeed.