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Winner of the 2015 top teen fiction award, the Printz!  A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

In an alternate 1899 London, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire.

Archie the Goat and Skinny the Hen are trying to cross the moat.  In rhyming style they conduct all manner of scientific experiments to help them to the other side of the moat.  Sometimes the solution is easier that you think!  A rousing readloud for grades K and up.  

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College is Calling

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As snow melts and flowers start to bloom, spring is not the only thing around the corner.  If you are a junior, or even a sophomore, it may be time to start thinking about colleges!  This may seem like a daunting ( SAT word) task—so many tests, choices, decisions—but Upper Arlington Library has a lot of resources to help make this big life-changing decision more manageable.

Test Prep

Whether you need to take the GED, ACT, or SAT, we have workbooks that can help take you through the test step by step.  Many of these tests ask certain types of questions, so it is good to be familiar with the kinds of questions you will encounter on these tests.  Type in the word keywords “ GED prep”, “ ACT prep” or “ SAT prep” into the catalog search bar.  It will pull up a bunch of resources to help you study.

What school is right for me?

With so many schools to choose from, how can someone possibly decide?!  Lucky for you, there are lots of great guides that help match your preferences—are you a big or small school kind of guy? Are you a chemistry or architecture major kind of gal?—these resources can help lead you to schools that fit your needs.  Spring break is a GREAT time to go take a look at schools (especially when you are a junior) so you can know what the school is like before you start filling out your applications!  Type in the keywords “college search” or “choosing a college” into the search bar.  It will show you some great guides for selecting a school.

Worried about tuition and student loans?

We have information about that too!  Covering the costs of tuition can be a very complicated thing, but if you start thinking about and preparing for scholarships and financial aid now, it will make the task of paying for college that much easier.  Type in “student loans”, “financial aid”, “scholarships”, or “paying for college” into the search bar.  It will help you find resources about how to pay for college. 

Knowledge is power!  The more you know going into your college search, the more prepared you will be for your bright, invigorating future.

Below are some books from our collection that can help make the path to college a little easier.

Our 2014 Teen Fiction Picks!

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To celebrate another great year of... Read more

Your New Year's Reading Resolutions

Are you sick of hearing about how people are going to stop eating sweets in the New Year?  Or maybe they resolve to be less lazy.  Perhaps this will be the year that your brother finally kicks that bad habit of biting his nails.

This year, instead of focusing on what... Read more

December Teen Reads

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... Read more

Military Teen Fiction

Today is Veteran's Day, a day that America honors those men and women who currently serve, and have served, in the US military. Two of the most important people in my life served in the military: my grandmother, who served on the... Read more

Photography Now and Then

Want to take a picture? It's simple, right. You just pull out your phone and snap, it's done. Well, photography hasn't always been so easy. In the early days of photography, people had to hold completely still for up to 10 minutes. That's probably why no one is ever smiling... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of Tear You Apart

    Sarah Cross
    Tear You Apart
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of Love, Lucy

    April Lindner
    Love, Lucy
    Rating: 3.53/5
  • Cover of We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)

    Elizabeth Eulberg
    We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)
    Rating: 3.92/5
  • Cover of I Was Here

    Gayle Forman
    I Was Here
    Rating: 3.83/5
  • Cover of I’m Glad I Did

    Cynthia Weil
    I’m Glad I Did
    Rating: 3.74/5
  • Cover of Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)

    Chris Lynch
    Alive and Kicking (World War II, #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Playlist for the Dead

    Michelle Falkoff
    Playlist for the Dead
    Rating: 3.57/5
  • Cover of Love on the Lifts

    Jill Santopolo
    Love on the Lifts
    Rating: 3.32/5
  • Cover of City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)

    Gregg Rosenblum
    City 1 (Revolution 19, #3)
    Rating: 4.17/5
  • Cover of All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)

    Ally Carter
    All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)
    Rating: 3.85/5
  • Cover of Polaris (Avalon, #2)

    Mindee Arnett
    Polaris (Avalon, #2)
    Rating: 3.86/5
  • Cover of Twisted Fate

    Norah Olson
    Twisted Fate
    Rating: 2.94/5

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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....