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Cole and Greg love playing practical jokes through Wikipedia. They edit key articles and watch their classmates crash and burn giving oral reports on historical figures. After the star soccer player steals Cole's girlfriend, the boys take their revenge by creating a Wikipedia page for him, an entry full of outlandish information including details about his bizarre death on the soccer field. It's all in good fun, until the soccer player is killed in a freak accident, just as Cole and Greg predicted. The uneasy boys vow to leave Wikipedia alone but someone continues to edit articles about classmates dying in gruesome ways and those entries start to come true as well. To his horror, Cole soon discovers that someone has created a Wikipedia page for him, and included a date of death. He has one week to figure out who's behind the murders, or else he's set to meet a pretty grisly end.

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.

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Howl's Moving Castle and Other Great Fantasy Novels and Anime

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Cover for Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynn JonesI am an avid reader of fantasy, but until recently I had never read the Howl's Moving Castle series by Diana Wynn Jones. It is a classic, and had long been on my list, but I just seemed to always find something else – until recently, that is. And when I finally read it, I was not disappointed! Why did I wait so long?! This is fabulous series with hidden gems and little surprises awaiting you in every book. I was both delighted and impressed with Jones’s ability to surprise me and give me little unexpected treats in every story. Wonderful! These are technically companion books, meaning they have connections to each other but could be read on their own, however, I think they are much richer and deeper when read together and in order. There are three books in the series: Howl's Moving Castle, The Castle in the Air, and The House of Many Ways (which is my favorite!) For a great description of all the varied, complicated, and wondrous adventures in Howl’s Moving Castle check out the fan video below (the first video). For a live action trailer, also put together by a fan and using various movie clips, check out the second video below. It is fantastic and I would love (wish) to see this book turned into a live action movie, using this cast!

 

 

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Jones was also turned into an anime movie. Although different than the book in many ways, it is still an enchanting and fantastical story. Howl’s Moving Castle (the anime movie) is written by Hayao Miyazaki and is similar to some of his other anime such as Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Also, if you like fantasy and anime or are interested in learning more about anime, graphic novels, and manga don’t miss our Teen Graphic Novel, Manga, and Anime Club coming this fall. Each one will meet one Thursday a month at 4:00pm. Here are the upcoming dates and themes, but for more information and registration check out our Program Calendar.

  • September 10th: Hayao Miyazaki Movie Trailers and Anime Discussion
  • October 8th: Graphic Novels to Tell Your Story – featuring realistic graphic novels
  • November 12th: Manga, Anime, and Japanese Culture

Happy Reading!

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

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...Read more

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

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  • Cover of Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)

    Jessica Day George
    Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood, #1)
    Rating: 3.52/5
  • Cover of The Stellow Project

    Shari Becker
    The Stellow Project
    Rating: 3.76/5
  • Cover of Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)

    Mary Weber
    Siren's Fury (Storm Siren, #2)
    Rating: 3.83/5
  • Cover of Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)

    Jennifer McGowan
    Maid of Wonder (Maids of Honor #3)
    Rating: 4.29/5
  • Cover of Hunter (Hunter, #1)

    Mercedes Lackey
    Hunter (Hunter, #1)
    Rating: 3.85/5
  • Cover of The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)

    Michael Grant
    The Tattooed Heart (Messenger of Fear, #2)
    Rating: 4.45/5
  • Cover of Untwine

    Edwidge Danticat
    Untwine
    Rating: 4.12/5
  • Cover of Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

    Sarah J. Maas
    Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
    Rating: 4.61/5
  • Cover of The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)

    Mindee Arnett
    The Nightmare Charade (The Arkwell Academy, #3)
    Rating: 4.33/5
  • Cover of Finding Audrey

    Sophie Kinsella
    Finding Audrey
    Rating: 3.78/5
  • Cover of Very in Pieces

    Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Very in Pieces
    Rating: 3.82/5
  • Cover of Sophomores and Other Oxymorons

    David Lubar
    Sophomores and Other Oxymorons
    Rating: 4.33/5

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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....