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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.

Does anyone ever see us for who we really are?  This novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.

Maya Van Wagenen, stuck at the bottom of the social ladder, decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950's popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to becoming popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending with Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya's journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

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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:

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!

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All!

Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays. Last week started us off with a look at teen super powers in fiction novels in the blog post Teen Super Powers. This week we...Read more

Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

Welcome to Super Power Saturdays. Throughout Summer Library Club I will be posting a blog the second and fourth Saturdays in June and July that will highlight teen books with a focus on all things super powers. I will highlight teen powers in fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as...Read more

New Teen Discovery Kits!

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...Read more

Do You Have the Exam-Season Blues?

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...Read more

Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

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”. ...Read more

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  • Cover of The Ables

    Jeremy Scott
    The Ables
    Rating: 3.96/5
  • Cover of The Boyfriend Project

    Rachel Hawthorne
    The Boyfriend Project
    Rating: 3.39/5
  • Cover of Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)

    Lori Goldstein
    Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel

    Sophia Rossi
    A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel
    Rating: 2.86/5
  • Cover of Trouble from the Start

    Rachel Hawthorne
    Trouble from the Start
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of The Last Good Day of the Year

    Jessica Warman
    The Last Good Day of the Year
    Rating: 3.83/5
  • Cover of The Cost of All Things

    Maggie Lehrman
    The Cost of All Things
    Rating: 3.84/5
  • Cover of Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)

    James Patterson
    Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)
    Rating: 4.11/5
  • Cover of Overtaken

    Mark H. Kruger
    Overtaken
    Rating: 4/5
  • Cover of Swept Away

    Michelle Dalton
    Swept Away
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of Burn (Scan, #2)

    Sarah Fine
    Burn (Scan, #2)
    Rating: 4.19/5
  • Cover of End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)

    Susan Ee
    End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3)
    Rating: 4.17/5

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Teen Book Clubs

Pre-Pub Club

Read it before your friends do! Here’s a chance to snag an advanced reader copy of book that hasn't been published yet. Open to teens in grades 9-12. The Pre-Pub Club meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm except for May.

The UA High School Book Club

This club meets once a month in the LC classroom at 3:00 pm. Juice and cookies are provided by the Upper Arlington Public Library Friends of the Library Board. Each month the group decides on a book to read for the following meeting. Please join us - all are welcome!

Book Club in a Bag for Teens

Each Book Club in a Bag has 8-10 copies of a book in one handy carrier along with discussion guides and questions. Start your own book club today; we've got the materials ready for you!

For a list of titles available especially for teens, click here.

For general guidelines to starting and running a bookclub, click here.

How-To: Get a Book Club Started...and Keep it Going

You like to read. Your friends like to read. You almost have a book club! 

If you would like some info on how do you figure out what to read, get organized and keep the club alive, we have compiled some tips for you in this short guide that can help you....