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Seventeen-year-old Luke's older sister, Pat, has always been there to guide him, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a problem to confront. So when Pat vanishes from a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the police claim she drowned, Luke heads there to find her because he knows something the authorities don't. Ever since her disappearance, Pat's voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she'd accepted a summer internship studying whale sharks. Desperate to get to the bottom of what happened to his missing sister, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the truth.  

When Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the “natural wonders” of the state of Indiana, and the two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds himself in possession of an ancient amulet filled with magic once reserved for the Gods, and becomes the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and destroy Rome.

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Super Power Saturdays - Teen Super Powers

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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 feature some books that can help you write your own stories and create your own graphic novels. For today’s post I will feature super powers in fiction novels because a lot of great superhero books have flown their way from graphic novels and comics into fiction novels. A few great picks are:

 

Logo for the Website Real Life Super HeroesIf reading about superheroes inspires in you the desire or dream to be a superhero yourself or do amazing things in the world check out The Real Life Superhero Project. It is a website that highlights real life people who have become superheroes in their everyday lives. Each one is out there doing real things, such as helping the homeless, dedicating time to charities, working to make their communities safe, and helping kids find their own sense of honor and giving inspired by the comic books they grew up on. Each person is photographed in their favorite superhero gear. Supercool! For a sneak peak at some of these heroes and their mottos check out the video below.

 

For a list of these and other great teen super power books see our Teen Powers fiction book list in our catalog.

And don't forget to check back the second Saturday in June (June 13th) for a look at Teen Graphic Novels: We Started It All! and the fourth Saturday (June 27th) for the post Teen Powers Abound: All Kinds of Powers!

Happy “Super Powered” Reading!

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

Teen novels set in Ireland

Happy St. Patrick's Day! To further enjoy this day of green, here are a few award-winning Teen novels set in Ireland:

Celebrate Pi Day with Math Fiction Picks

digits of Pi fading into distance

This Sunday, March 14, 2015 is Pi Day a... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Ables

    Jeremy Scott
    The Ables
    Rating: 4.05/5
  • Cover of The Boyfriend Project

    Rachel Hawthorne
    The Boyfriend Project
    Rating: 3.48/5
  • Cover of Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)

    Lori Goldstein
    Becoming Jinn (Becoming Jinn, #1)
    Rating: 3.65/5
  • Cover of A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel

    Sophia Rossi
    A Tale of Two Besties: A Hello Giggles Novel
    Rating: 2.96/5
  • Cover of Trouble from the Start

    Rachel Hawthorne
    Trouble from the Start
    Rating: 3.67/5
  • Cover of The Last Good Day of the Year

    Jessica Warman
    The Last Good Day of the Year
    Rating: 3.87/5
  • Cover of The Cost of All Things

    Maggie Lehrman
    The Cost of All Things
    Rating: 3.94/5
  • Cover of Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)

    James Patterson
    Maximum Ride Forever (Maximum Ride, #9)
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of Overtaken

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

    Michelle Dalton
    Swept Away
    Rating: 3.7/5
  • Cover of Burn (Scan, #2)

    Sarah Fine
    Burn (Scan, #2)
    Rating: 4.25/5
  • 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: 4.21/5

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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....