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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.

Shy, sixteen-year-old Lark is happiest close to home, tending her garden and gathering herbs for medicines. When Lark has visions that warn her that monsters called Troths will soon invade her village, she is summoned on a journey to seek help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec. The journey will make her visions reality and bring her closer to knowing her inner strength.  

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What’s new? As school begins again, our lives will quickly move from the bliss freedom of summertime to calendars full of assignments, pending due dates, and club meetings. Amidst the chaos of organizing our route, it’s important to realize that with a new school year is the potential to do something you’ve never done before. The mundane ‘same old, same old’ can be beaten- join a new club, pick up an instrument you’ve always wanted to learn, try out for a sport you’ve never played. Do new things. You never know what you’ll like until you try. The choice is yours.

Not sure where to start? Find inspiration in some of these stories:

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.

Wait, what?!

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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 Potter, written by...Read more

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Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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  • Cover of The Trouble in Me

    Jack Gantos
    The Trouble in Me
    Rating: 4.13/5
  • Cover of Date with a Rockstar

    Sarah Gagnon
    Date with a Rockstar
    Rating: 3.69/5
  • Cover of The Haunting of Springett Hall

    E.B. Wheeler
    The Haunting of Springett Hall
    Rating: 4.2/5
  • Cover of Are You Still There

    Sarah Lynn Scheerger
    Are You Still There
    Rating: 3.46/5
  • Cover of The Masked Truth

    Kelley Armstrong
    The Masked Truth
    Rating: 4.28/5
  • Cover of The Fall of the House of West

    Paul Pope
    The Fall of the House of West
    Rating: 3.42/5
  • Cover of What We Saw

    Aaron Hartzler
    What We Saw
    Rating: 4.28/5
  • Cover of Don't Fail Me Now

    Una LaMarche
    Don't Fail Me Now
    Rating: 3.91/5
  • Cover of Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)

    Carey Corp
    Shades of Doon (Doon, #3)
    Rating: 4.5/5
  • Cover of The Emperor of Any Place

    Tim Wynne-Jones
    The Emperor of Any Place
    Rating: 4.33/5
  • Cover of The Firebug of Balrog County

    David Oppegaard
    The Firebug of Balrog County
    Rating: 3.2/5
  • Cover of Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)

    Abbi Glines
    Until Friday Night (The Field Party, #1)
    Rating: 4.1/5

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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.