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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.  

The story of Jordan Romero, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest. By age 15, he had reached the summits of the world's seven highest mountains.

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Teen novels set in Ireland

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

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

 

The Nolan family's dreams of prosperity in a new country are shattered when baby Joseph fails the medical exam at Ellis Island and must be taken back to Cork by his father. Though Da promises a quick return, Ma is miserable. Frustrated by her dependence on the unwilling hospitality of prosperous relatives, she gladly accepts money from her brother-in-law for herself and her three daughters to return home. Having few opportunities in Ireland, 16-year-old Rose rebels and she and 12-year-old Maureen are allowed to remain in New York to seek work and schooling. (School Library Journal, vol 48, issue 5, p146)

 

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Anne Bray

 

It’s the eve of 1994, and the grunge movement has reached its fevered height. On Ireland’s east coast, 16-year-old Maggie, disgruntled and displaced from her native Chicago, after her flighty mother’s recent marriage, listens to Nirvana and misses the uncle in America who snuck her into rock concerts. Her plan is to keep her head down and wait for her mother’s relationship to implode, but she finds herself drawn into her new town of Bray and its generations of inhabitants. When her first real loss comes on the heels of her first love, she undertakes a pilgrimage to the mecca of grunge music: a Nirvana concert in Rome. (Booklist review, vol 111, number 13)

Zom-B by Darren Shan

In the first of a 12-book series, Shan introduces B, an 11-year-old antihero living in Britain. B’s gang of hooligans are going about their routine—cursing, stealing, fighting, drinking, and haranguing the weak—when news reports filter in about a zombie outbreak in Ireland. Despite grainy video clips, no one is sure if these are hoaxes or the real deal. (Booklist, vol 109, number 4, p50)

 

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

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

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Distance Between Lost and Found

    Kathryn Holmes
    The Distance Between Lost and Found
    Rating: 3.75/5
  • Cover of Seeker (Seeker, #1)

    Arwen Elys Dayton
    Seeker (Seeker, #1)
    Rating: 3.3/5
  • Cover of Inherit Midnight

    Kate Kae Myers
    Inherit Midnight
    Rating: 3.58/5
  • Cover of Tunnel Vision

    Susan Adrian
    Tunnel Vision
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Utopia, Iowa

    Brian Yansky
    Utopia, Iowa
    Rating: 3.55/5
  • Cover of I Remember You

    Cathleen Davitt Bell
    I Remember You
    Rating: 3.85/5
  • Cover of Promposal

    Rhonda Helms
    Promposal
    Rating: 3.33/5
  • Cover of The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

    Richelle Mead
    The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
    Rating: 4.23/5
  • Cover of The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)

    Maureen Johnson
    The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)
    Rating: 4.1/5
  • Cover of Scripted

    Maya Rock
    Scripted
    Rating: 3.41/5
  • Cover of The Last Time We Say Goodbye

    Cynthia Hand
    The Last Time We Say Goodbye
    Rating: 4.12/5
  • Cover of All That Burns (All That Glows, #2)

    Ryan Graudin
    All That Burns (All That Glows, #2)
    Rating: 3.81/5

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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....