A near future thriller about Patsy, a teen forced to become an indentured assassin who has only three days to complete her hit list. Each name on Patsy's list has only three choices: pay the debt on the spot, agree to work as a bounty hunter, or die.
Althea & Oliver have been friends since they were six. Now that they're juniors in high school, their relationship has begun to change. Compounding Althea's insecurity is Oliver's unusual illness which causes him to fall asleep without warning, often for weeks at a time. Althea & Oliver's evolving relationship offers a heartwarming insight into the complicated matter of growing up.
Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book.
First up is Goodreads. Did you know the UAPL has a Goodreads page? We continuously update lists of the best books we’ve been reading. Check out this link to find suggestions for different ages and genres; or better yet, become a friend so you’re always in the know! (To find the book lists, choose Bookshelf under Group Home on the right.)
Next up is the YALSA app. YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association and they have lots of great recommendations for ages 12-18 including award winners. You can find out about their app for Android or Apple by clicking here.
Of course you can always stop in at any of our locations and ask for ideas or let us know if you have a favorite book finding tool. We'd love to see you and hear what you've been reading!
Youth Poetry Contest Winners Announced!
The winner of the Youth Poetry Contest for the grade division 5-8 is Avi S. and the winner of the grade division 9-12 is Laken L. Our Teen Advisory Board would like to congratulate both winners and thank all our entrants this year. Both poems are reprinted here for your enjoyment.
The Rescue of Drew
by Avi S. (Grade 5-8 Division)
There once was a fighter pilot who loved to fly
He loved to fly high in the sky
His name is Drew
His plane call sign for this mission is Basher three-two.
Over Bosnia, Captain Drew is flying in his F-16.
He sees a SAMring on his screen
As a missle hits,
His plane is blown to bits
He ejects and goes down
Eventually he hits the ground
He is hunted by the Bosnian Serbs
With the lack of food, he has to eat herbs
He uses his snare
But fails to catch even a single hare
He sits in his hiding spot where he is not in sight
He only does it when it's bright
At night he finds a place to use his radio from his position
He tries to get people on a rescue mission
Eventually, he sees Boeing CH-46 Sea Knights
They were on a rescue mission and to Drew, were a joyful sight.
He shot up a flare as he was told to
In came the rescue crew
After traveling across the Atlantic, he reached America thankfully
He is welcomed home by his overjoyed family
( A color poem)
by Laken L. (Grade 9-12 Division)
Remember that day?
Frigid air nipped at exposed skin. Coated our lungs with a mid winter chill. Seeped
through sweaters and jackets. Bare branches stiffly swayed to the howl of the wind, dark
and brittle against the January sky.
Mud splattered converse kept time to a beat. My hand tightly gripped yours; afraid to let
go, and happy to have something to hold. Street lights threw amber light
across the trees
across my features
across the ground before me.
Walking beside me; leather leash in hand. Eyes like chocolate; hair to match. A dusting
of dormant summer freckles across your nose. The dog trotted blithely beside us; a fluff
of caramel curls. Remember that?
Music notes buzzed in my ears. Stars poked through the fabric of night, and we stared
at them from the driveway.
You pulled me into a hug, pressing me against your brown sweater. The music swelled,
matching the thump of two heartbeats. Crescendoing into a symphony that only we
could hear. Lacing the air with vibrating warmth.
You left a smile stuck on my face.
And I left a song stuck in your head.
A new Fear Street novel! Despite her friend's warning, Rachel is excited to attend Brendan Fear's birthday party at his family's estate on mysterious Fear Island, but soon someone introduces a game of murder and all of the guests are in danger and trapped on the island.
Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast–unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.
Ash is a gifted healer with a powerful gift of magic. Jenna, a girl abandoned at birth, was told that the mark on the back of her neck would make her a target. Ash and Jenna's worlds are thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the king.
It's time for some summer fun! And what's better fun than word puzzles and books! -) So, I have combined a great list of novels with the fun of Word Jumbles. The theme of this list is dystopia - so if you're between books and not sure what to read next, eagerly waiting for book three of Divergent, just want to check out a dystopian novel, or just love puzzles, then test your detective skills by unscrambling these Word Jumbles to reveal the title of the books. The cover of the book is underneath the scrambled title (title erased!). Once you have solved the Jumble click on the scrambled phrase or the book cover to reveal the book title and the link to it in the catalog. (Note: Links open in a new window) (Click PRINT for a printable version)
Example: UDAELD Answer: Dualed
Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions. The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. Congratulations!
I Am Sunshine
I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free
-by Ainsley D.
Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.
In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.
I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.
I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.
-by Beth B.
Panic is a secret game that pits player against player in mental and physical challenges designed to push them to the breaking point. Only one person in the poor town of Carp, New York will win the $67,000 prize. Heather never planned to play, but nothing is going to keep her from winning.