A Librarian Reads…

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Naturals, Book One)

Cassie knows how to read people. Her mother, a fake psychic, taught her from a young age to pay attention to behavior, personality, and environment. Even five years after her mother went missing (presumed dead), Cassie can figure people out without even trying. Then the FBI takes an interest in her special skills. They invite her to join a group of teens who have similar natural abilities to train to solve mysteries. Cassie jumps at the chance, not only to escape her father’s large extended family, and not only because she wants to help people and make a difference. She also hopes that hanging around with the FBI will give her a chance to learn more about her mother’s case. But as the bodies pile up, she learns nothing is what it seems, and getting answers sometimes comes at a price.

Recommended for mystery fans, especially of the show Criminal Minds, in high school and up.


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It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Check out these apocalyptic titles in the Teen Corner of the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to get more information or to place a hold.

The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey (The 5th Wave, Book One)

Ashes by Isla Bick (Ashes, Book One)

Ashfall by Mike Mullins (Ashfall, Book One)

The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland, Book One)

H2O by Virginia Bergin (H2O, Book One)

Half Lives by Sara Grant

In the After by Demitria Lunetta (In the After, Book One)

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Riders by Veronica Rossi (Riders, Book One)

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Stung by Bethany Wiggins

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

The Worlds We Make by Megan Crewe (Fallen World, Book One)

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

November 30 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 30 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 1 – Holiday Cards for Soldiers @ East Moline Public Library

December 1 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 2 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 5 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 6 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ 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 Forgetting by Sharon Cameron
Every twelve years the city of Canaan descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories are lost. Your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

The Reader by Traci Chee (Sea of Ink and Gold, Book One)
When her father is murdered, Sefia flees to the forest with her aunt Nin. But when Nin is kidnapped, Sefia is suddenly on her own. Her only clue about what’s happened is a strange rectangular object that once belonged to her father. As she learns to read and discovers the book’s secrets, she finds that nothing is as it seems, and the end of her story is only the beginning.

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Sarah can’t draw anymore. She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. She keeps running into past and future versions of herself as she explores the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family as her parents finally split up. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage.

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz
Michael, originally from Ireland, now lives in Nazi Germany with his parents and has joined the Hitler Youth as expected. But Michael has a secret. He and his parents are spies. When he learns about Projekt 1065, things get even more complicated. He must prove his loyalty to the Hitler Youth at all costs — even if it means risking everything he cares about.

Once, in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent
Ana grew up in a tiny Mennonite colony in Bolivia, and her mother fled the colony when Ana was a young girl. Now Ana and her father have also fled, and Ana doesn’t know why. Now in Toronto, she has to make sense of the alien environment and find her place in this new world. But more than anything, she wants to find her mother and understand her father.

Next Week

Thursday, December 1 @ 3:30 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.

Thursday, December 1 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 can take part in a Holiday Service Project. Make cards and ornaments to be donated to local nursing homes while enjoying a holiday movie and snacks. This workshop is part of the Project Next Generation grant. No registration required and bus passes are available to participants.

A Librarian Reads…

A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

Gerta was just eight years old when her Papa and brother Dominic left home and never came back. But it wasn’t their fault. They had had gone to West Berlin to find a way to move the whole family there, and while they were gone the Wall had gone up. Now, four years later, Gerta, her Mama, and her brother Fritz have mostly adjusted to life behind the wall. Mostly, but not completely. Because of Papa’s involvement in protests years ago, they all live under constant scrutiny. They must be extra careful about talking out against the government, smuggling in contraband magazines and records from the West, and daring to hope for a better life. When Gerta sees Dominic and Papa on the other side of the Wall, she knows they are trying to send her a message. She knows, too, that she can’t stay in the East for much longer. People die trying to escape, but for Gerta, the chance at living free is worth the risk.

Historical fiction that shows a side of the Cold War of the 1960s that most of us haven’t seen before, this novel is recommended for middle school and up.


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Featured Series

Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

High school junior Violet uses her uncanny ability to sense murderers and their victims to try to stop a serial killer who is terrorizing her town, and although her best friend and would-be boyfriend Jay promises to keep her safe, she becomes a target.

1) The Body Finder

2) Desires of the Dead

3) The Last Echo

4) Dead Silence