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Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three best friends are students at Selwyn Arts Academy, which has been hijacked by For Art’s Sake, a sleazy reality-television show. The program pits student artists against each other for an arts college scholarship, but is really for ratings and big bucks for the producers. The friends are inspired to write a vigilante poem and distribute it to the student body, hoping to save their school from reality television. 

Do you want to learn how stargaze, mimic birdsong and spot wild animals?  This book is packed with all kinds of exciting outdoor activities for children and the whole family, to encourage awareness of the natural world, to develop self-sufficiency skills, and to show how much fun it is to explore nature.   

Henry Lambert would rather play video games than spend time in the great outdoors–but that doesn't make him a wuss. Henry's dad doesn't agree and thinks his masculinity needs a boost. Which is why Henry is being shipped off to Strongwoods Survival Camp. Strongwoods isn't exactly as advertised. It looks like the victim of a zombie apocalypse, the “camp director” is a psycho drill sergeant, and Henry's sure he saw a sign written in blood… 

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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!

 

 

For more great fantasy novels check out some these books:

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!

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

Looking for a great read? Here are two free tools for finding your next best book. 

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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

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Embrace Your Geekness Day - July 13th

Embrace Your Geekness Day is Sunday July 13th! And it is time to celebrate all things Geek! And just in case your geekness is in full swing and you're wondering “hmm…what exactly makes one a geek? And is there a difference between a geek and nerd?” I really liked the...Read more

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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....