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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.

Do you like a little bit of magic in your fiction?

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The power of fictional writing is that there are no set parameters on settings, characters or themes. A story can be about a completely unknown place, known only in some author's mind. I like a good, realistic setting (contemporary or in the past) with just a little something that is unexplainable or has a slightly magical feel. These books deliver with compelling mysterious magic.

bone gap book coverBone Gap by Laura Ruby is the winner of the 2016 Printz award! The town of Bone Gap is full of gaps where people can hide and disappear. A town favorite disappears and the only witness is a boy named Finn who cannot distinguish faces.  

 

weight of feather book coverThe Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore. Two competing show families in one California town. One family dominates the trees, the other the water. The show and the family are everything, there is no escaping. Romeo and Juliet meets The Night Circus.

 

strange and beautiful sorrows of ava lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton is a haunting generational tale full of family secrets and stories.  

 

 

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Skellig by David Almond. Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

 

the apothecary book coverThe Apothecary by Malie Meloy. It is 1952 and Janie has just moved to London from Los Angeles. Her life becomes more transformed after meeting a mysterious apothecary whose son and gets swept up in a race to prevent nuclear war.

 

cure for dreaming book coverThe Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters.  In Portland, Oregon, in 1900, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead, a suffragist, is hypnotized by the intriguing young Henri Reverie. Henri is paid by Olivia's father to use the hypnosis to make her more docile and womanly, but instead it gives her the ability to see people's true natures, while she secretly continues fighting for women's rights.

Sci-Fi Pick For Teens: Apollo's Outcasts

Jamey Barlowe has been unable to walk since childhood, the result of being born on the Moon. Jamey's father sends him, along with five other kids, back to the Moon to escape a political coup that has occurred overnight in the United States. Jamey will have to learn a whole new way to live, one that entails walking for the first time in his life. It won't be easy and it won't be safe. Jamey soon finds himself at the center of a dangerous political struggle stretching from the Earth to the Moon. 

Sci-fi Pick for Teens: 172 Hours on the Moon

It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon. To grab some much needed funding and attention, they decide to launch a historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to the once top secret moon base DARLAH 2. Mia, Antoine, and Midori are going on the trip of a lifetime, and only one is coming back.

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

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Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)

Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future

Book cover for Battle of Dungragglin  Bokk Cover for The Edge of When  Book Cover for Prada & Prejudice  Book Cover for The Book of Time  Book Cover for Alice in Time  Book Cover for Erasing Time    

Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction

Book Cover for Maddigan's Fantasia  Book Cover for The Time Travelers  Book Cover for Pathfinder  Book Cover for A Wrinkle in Time  Book Cover for The Named  Book Cover for Obsidian Mirror

Romantic Time Travel

Book Cover for Time Between Us    Book Cover for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century  

Contemplating the Effects of Time

Book Cover for The New Policeman  Book Cover for Counter Clockwise  Book Cover for Antsy Does Time  Book Cover for The Power of Un  Book Cover for 15 Minutes

Non-Fiction

Book Cover for The Tools of Timekeeping  Book Cover for Albert Einstein  Book Cover for Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time    Book cover for The Manga of Physics

Happy Reading!

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

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digits of Pi fading into distance

This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a celebration of the infinite digits of Pi. Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

Pi is often abbreviated to the first two digits after the decimal point or 3.14.  This year (and the only time this century) the first five digits correspond to the date: 3. 1415 or 3/14/15.

In honor of Pi Day here are a few titles with a math focus to enjoy:

Jackaby is Back in Ghostly Echoes

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If you haven't read Jackaby by William Ritter then stop what you're doing and put it on hold now.  The third installment of this paranormal mystery series just came out this week and I cannot wait to dive into its pages.  The story revolves around two main characters, Abigail Rook and R. F. Jackaby.  Ms. Rook is a plucky young woman who has traveled to New England to escape her family's expectations that she becomes a proper lady and wife.  Abigail wants adventures, not manners and society and so begins her search for a job.  When she applies to a strange advertisement in the paper she finds herself working for the mysterious Jackaby and soon the two are caught up in a bewildering case involving a serial murderer.  With Abigail's keen eye for ordinary details and Jackaby's background in the unexplained the two become a great team in the face of a dangerous monster.  This book has been touted as a “Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and I cannot imagine a more compelling description to a story than that.  The second book in the series, Beastly Bones, takes Abigail and Jackaby out of the city and into the country to uncover a mystery surrounding missing bones at the site of a dinosaur dig.  Only the bones might not belong to a dinosaur after all, and who, or what, is attacking everyone in the valley?  In this third installment, Ghostly Echoes, Jackaby and Abigail are tasked with helping a young ghost solve the mystery surrounding her own death and the mysterious disappearance of her fiance on the day she died.

If you love fantasy, mystery, and/or historical fiction then I highly recommend this series to you.  I've also heard they are great on audiobook! Check out the links below to reserve yourself a copy today.  

True Tales to be Told: I Will Always Write Back

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. All the other kids picked countries like France or Germany, but when Caitlin saw Zimbabwe written on the board, it sounded like the most exotic place she had ever heard of, so she chose it. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

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