Teens

Reading for Me: How to Make Time for Reading During the School Year

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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?!

That’s not true!  While it may seem like there is hardly time to even breath while you are getting used to new classes, new teachers, and new material, there is still hope.

In fact, making time to read can help you stay relaxed and focused.  After a long day at school, you may just want to jump right into your homework, but sometimes you need a brain break.  A quick chapter of a good book could help you get that little break you need.  Reading can also help take your mind off all the school work you have to do before you pass out.  Have you ever done your math homework right before bed and then started dreaming about the pythagorean theorem?  For your sake, I hope not!

Collections of short stories, poems, or vignettes are a perfect pick for the school year; if you don’t have a chance to get back to the book for a couple of days, you won’t have to worry about remembering where you left off.  Here are some great books to help you get into the habit of making time to read for FUN!

–Submitted by Katie R. 

Dig Your Way Through Time This Summer!

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Time weaves its way through every genre - fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, even realistic fiction - taking the reader into new worlds, realms, futures, pasts, and lives! We have some fantastic books about time - ones where the charcaters travel back in time, forward in time to strange and unreal futures, give moments of their lives to another, learn about their ancestry, find romance between decades, and even jump only 15 minutes in their own pasts. So, come, explore, and tunnel through time this summer with these fun picks! (Links open in new window)

Time Travel - From the Present to the Past or Future

Book cover for Battle of Dungragglin  Bokk Cover for The Edge of When  Book Cover for Prada & Prejudice  Book Cover for The Book of Time   Book Cover for Alice in Time  Book Cover for Erasing Time    

Time - Fanatsy and Science Fiction

Book Cover for Maddigan's Fantasia  Book Cover for The Time Travelers  Book Cover for Pathfinder  Book Cover for A Wrinkle in Time  Book Cover for The Named  Book Cover for Obsidian Mirror

Romantic Time Travel

Book Cover for Time Between Us    Book Cover for My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century  

Contemplating the Effects of Time

Book Cover for The New Policeman  Book Cover for Counter Clockwise  Book Cover for Antsy Does Time  Book Cover for The Power of Un  Book Cover for 15 Minutes

Non-Fiction

Book Cover for The Tools of Timekeeping   Book Cover for Albert Einstein   Book Cover for Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time    Book cover for The Manga of Physics

Happy Reading!

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)

 

Music + Books = Soundtracks for Books!

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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 helps to define characters and scenes. So many authors (and fans!) have begun asking: Why not soundtracks for books?

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I think that is a great idea! What better way to enhance the story, add to character, bring a book to a whole new interactive level, or even be able to take a piece of the book and the characters it brought to life with you! I've found that when I am reading certain books I naturally listen to specific songs the whole way through - instinctively creating a kind of playlist as I read. It really sets the tone and immerses me in that world.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book RelativityRecently I read Relativity by  Cristin Bishara which is a surprisingly realistic science fiction book about a girl who discovers a way to Book cover for Relativity by Cristin Basharaaccess multiple versions of her life and must choose which version she wants to be her own. It was fast paced, jumping from world to world, life to life, really giving you a lot to think about along the way. Bishara has created a playlist to go with the story, one I wished I had discovered before I read the book. Click the CD for a link to the author's website and the music playlist and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Cover for the Playlist for the Book Eleanor and Park  Eleanor and Park (2014 Printz Honor Book) author Rainbow Rowell says that with every book she writes she makes a playlist to go with Book Cover for Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell them. She actually works on them at the same time she writes the story! She has created quite an extensive playlist, with links to songs, videos, and commentary for Eleanor and Park. Again this would have been awesome to read while listening to the music, as the music aspect is deeply embedded in the story, creating a beautiful dynamic between the two main characters. The mixed tapes that Park makes for Eleanor and that give her a glimmer of light in her life truly captures the ways music connects people. Click the CD for a link to the Eleanor and Park website and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

CD Book Cover for If I StayMusic was also an integral part of the book  If I Stay by Gayle Forman. It's a story about a girl who looks back on her life after a tragic Book Cover for If I Stay by Gayle Formanaccident and must decide if she wants to stay or move on. She is a gifted classical musician who's father is a former rock musician so music has been part of her childhood. She falls in love with a rock musician and their relationship is bound up in the their love for music and is key to their story as is the way that music ties her to her parents and family. The author, Gayle Forman, has put together a playlist of some of the songs from the book in the order that they appear in the story. Click the audiobook cover for links to the playlists, video trailers, and a talk about musical inspirations for the book and click the book cover for a link to the book in the library catalog.

YALSA LogoFor a list of books with playlists check out the Young Adult Library Services Association's ( YALSA) wiki Books/Authors with Soundtracks/Playlists.

For links to the library catalog for these and other books with playlists or that have music as a central part of the story check out the links below.

Two Tools for Finding a Great Teen Read

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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.   Check out this link to find suggestions for different ages and genres; or better yet, become a friend so you’re always in the know!  (To find the book lists, choose Bookshelf under Group Home on the right.)

Next up is the YALSA app.  YALSA stands for the Young Adult Library Services Association and they have lots of great recommendations for ages 12-18 including award winners. You can find out about their app for Android or Apple by clicking here.  

Of course you can always stop in at any of our locations and ask for ideas or let us know if you have a favorite book finding tool.  We'd love to see you and hear what you've been reading!

Babysitting 101: How To Make Extra Cash This Summer

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Do you want to take control of your own finances? Babysitting can be a very rewarding and profitable. However, there are a few things you need to know before you can start handing out your business cards. How do you change a diaper? What happens if there is an emergency? How can you get your name out there? What if the kids start fighting? Don't panic! The UAPL is here to help. You can find the answers to these questions, and so many more in the books below!

Want more? We also have many fiction books about adventures in babysitting. Check out:

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