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Fifteen-year-old Izzy was trained to fight monsters.  For centuries, her family have hunted magical creatures.  Izzy moves to a new town and soon has to investigate a series of hauntings at her new high school.

The day before Christmas, money goes missing from a donation box at GoodFoods Market. Chloe and five of her teenage co-workers, held in the break room until the police arrive, try to identify the real thief.


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Poetry Contest Winners for Grades 5-8 and 9-12

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Recently the Teen Advisory Board of the Upper Arlington Public Library held a poetry contest with three divisions.  The 5-8 grade winner was Ainsley D. whose poem” I Am Sunshine” appears below followed by the 9-12 grade winner, Beth B. for her poem “Wings”. Congratulations!

I Am Sunshine

I Am Sunshine
Dancing all around
I am beauty
Clothed in swirling clouds
I am happiness
Laughing at the sun
I am fearlessness
With my hair undone
I am wind
Knowing all things
I am fire
Love songs I sing
I am water
Quick and carefree
I am earth
Wrapped in mystery
I am a Girl. I am free

-by Ainsley D.


Tattered broken wings were my companions.
Dirty, frayed and unkept was their sad state.
I wandered alone like a poor phantom.
I suffered from an invisible weight.

In a silent moment I realized it.
I could not live with this oppressive weight,
I could no longer just stay here and sit.
It was time to start with a new, clean slate.

I brushed my wings until they were spotless,
And began to strech their unused muscles.
A fresh start in life brought a strange calmness.
It was a feeling that made me chuckle.

I push off from the ground and take to the sky.
I am free and I no longer cry.

-by Beth B. 

UAPL Poetry Contest, 5-8 and 9-12 Division Winners

The teen advisory board of the UAPL recently held a poetry contest.  The 5-8 Division winner was Lexi R. and the 9-12 Division winner was Beth B.  Here are the two winning poems:


Meshed String by Lexi R.

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Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

Recently I learned that some authors are creating music playlist to go with their books. Most great movies have awesome music to go with them; something that captures key moments in the story, expands the feel of the whole experience, or even... Read more

2013: The Year in Graphic Novels

2013 has been another great year in reading manga and graphic novels!  This is our top 12 of the year, not in order of importance.  It is too hard to pick what should be #1!

1.) Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong. story by... Read more

Hobbit We Talk About Dragons!

Smaug is coming! Here's the trailer!

Just a few more days and Smaug will be in full glory on screen.  If you've got dragon fever check out these dragon themed stories for teens! 

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It's Time for Winter Fun! Elves, Faeries, Apps, and More!

Winter Magic is upon us! And with the glistening snow, shiny icicles, and one of a kind snowflakes come wonderful books filled with magic! So get ready to curl up by a roaring fire, sip some hot cocoa, and fall into a magical tale about Elves, Faeries, Winter... Read more


Upcoming & new Young Adult books

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    The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3)
    Rating: 4.07/5
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    Rating: 3.42/5
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    Rating: 4.12/5
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    Rating: 3.77/5
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    Rating: 3.87/5
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    Rating: 3.74/5
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    Rating: 4.15/5
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    Rating: 3.98/5
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    Rating: 3.89/5
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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....