A Librarian Reads…

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

As Dill begins his senior year, he’s facing a lot of changes. Most notably, Lydia, one of his two best (and only) friends will be leaving for college in a year while Dill and Travis are stuck where they are. Travis seems content to work at his Dad’s lumber yard and escape through his favorite fantasy books. But Dill isn’t sure where he belongs any more. With his father in prison and his mother injured from a car accident, it’s up to him to support his family—even though they don’t support him. Is he resisting Lydia’s encouragement to go to college and focus on his music because it’s not possible? Or because he wants it too much?

Set in a small, rural town in Tennessee, this book paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to feel trapped by circumstances. But it also sends a powerful message of hope, friendship, and faith. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.

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2018 Westchester Fiction Award

The Westchester Fiction Award was founded in 2009 by Suzanne Osman, a teacher librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California. This award honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon & the visionary publishers who bring their texts to life. When evaluating literature, the committee considers the following questions:

  1.  Does the work have immediate and widespread appeal to adolescents?
  2.  Is the theme/topic meaningful and relevant today?
  3.  If the work is part of an established series, can it stand alone?
  4.  Is there a unique quality to the work (voice, message, language, format, etc.)?
  5.  Is the writing rich, compelling, detailed?
  6.  Are the main characters and content age appropriate for high school students?
  7.  Is the work a valuable addition to the Young Adult literary canon?


2018 Winners:

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine

Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum


2018 Honorable Mentions:

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairytale by Ashley Poston

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 15 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

August 16 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

August 16 – Escape Room- Hogwarts Tower @ LeClaire Community Library

August 17 – Teen Halloween Planning Committee Meeting @ East Moline Public Library

August 21- Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


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What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan
Mattie hides her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone. But when her anxieties become overwhelming, she distracts herself by seeking out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist. With Miyu’s help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. But when a classmate discovers her secret, they both learn that not all secrets can remain secret forever.

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan
Ronney is the kid with the dad who tried to kill himself and the pill-popping mom. When a local eccentric open up all the cages of his exotic zoo, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions, stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari, and shaking loose a lonely boy who follows Ronney wherever he goes. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart?

The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez
For the past eight years, Emilia has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible. But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

The 11th Hour by Kristine Scarrow
After weeks of planning, Annika leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, Dylan. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but seeing as they all seem set against the relationship. But not everything goes according to plan, and soon Dylan’s behaviour becomes unsettling, and Annika realizes that her safety is at stake. She finally admits to herself that Dylan needs help she can’t provide.

Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir (Graphic Novel)
After losing her job at the library, Cel starts working at the Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for. As her mental health slips, she begins to dream of a young woman she’s never met, but feels strangely drawn to. As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, and passing out.

Next Week

Join us for an Afternoon at Hogwarts on Saturday, August 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We’ll have challenges, games and other fun activities for the entire family. Costumes welcome!

Be sure to check out the “Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine” exhibition on the Library’s second floor, now until September 8.

A Librarian Reads…

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For the last few years, Cas has been following in his late father’s footsteps, taking up the work he left unfinished when he was killed. It means moving around a lot, staying on the outside, never making friends. Because Cas is a ghost hunter. He finds and puts to rest the dead who linger, causing harm to the living. When he learns of Anna Dressed in Blood, he thinks she’ll be just like any other case. But nothing about Anna is what he expected. Soon Cas finds himself with a ghost he can’t handle on his own, and a host of people who insist on helping him.

Recommended to readers in high school and up who enjoy paranormal and horror, especially fans of the TV show Supernatural.


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Featured Series

Dead Is by Marlene Perez

While dealing with her first boyfriend and suddenly being pressed into service as a substitute cheerleader, seventeen-year-old Daisy Giordano, daughter and sister of psychics but herself a “normal,” attempts to help her mother discover who is behind a series of bizarre attacks on teenage girls in their little town of Nightshade, California.

1) Dead is the New Black

2) Dead is a State of Mind

3) Dead is So Last Year

4) Dead is Just a Rumor

5) Dead is Not an Option

6) Dead is a Battlefield

7) Dead is a Killer Tune

8) Dead is Just a Dream