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Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common–except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. They now have a budding friendship and a plan to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail helps him delve into a serial murder case that Jackaby is convinced is linked to a nonhuman creature.

On the first day of vacation thirteen-year-old Davey Tsering wakes up early and slips out of his family's hotel room without telling anyone. He heads for the beach to swim in the warm Floridian waters and has a fateful meeting with a shark.

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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.

Looking Good!

Are you Boho? Grunge? Hippie? A Teddy Girl?  And what, exactly, is a kirtle?   The Fashion Book examines the history of fashion and explains how to incorporate classic looks into a modern wardrobe.... Read more

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

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.  ... Read more

Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

Back to school, back to friends, back to homework, back to tests.  There are are a lot of different responsibilities pulling you in different directions at the start of the school year, and they all seem equally important.  There isn’t even time to read a good book.

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Harry Potter Read Alikes

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... Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

Images and ratings courtesy of Goodreads.com   Goodreads.com logo

  • Cover of The Prey (The Hatchery, #1)

    Tom Isbell
    The Prey (The Hatchery, #1)
    Rating: 3.32/5
  • Cover of Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

    A.G. Howard
    Ensnared (Splintered, #3)
    Rating: 4.32/5
  • Cover of There Will Be Lies

    Nick Lake
    There Will Be Lies
    Rating: 3.42/5
  • Cover of Firefight (Reckoners, #2)

    Brandon Sanderson
    Firefight (Reckoners, #2)
    Rating: 4.39/5
  • Cover of Both of Me

    Jonathan Friesen
    Both of Me
    Rating: 3.51/5
  • Cover of The Ghosts of Heaven

    Marcus Sedgwick
    The Ghosts of Heaven
    Rating: 3.73/5
  • Cover of Monkey Wars

    Richard Kurti
    Monkey Wars
    Rating: 3.88/5
  • Cover of Infected

    Sophie Littlefield
    Infected
    Rating: 3.33/5
  • Cover of The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)

    Maggie Hall
    The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1)
    Rating: 3.78/5
  • Cover of Killing Time in Crystal City

    Chris Lynch
    Killing Time in Crystal City
    Rating: 2.67/5
  • Cover of Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)

    Jennifer Echols
    Perfect Couple (Superlatives, #2)
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of The Darkest Part of the Forest

    Holly Black
    The Darkest Part of the Forest
    Rating: 3.96/5

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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....