A Teen Reads…

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

It was a wonderful book about a 10 year old boy named Auggust or Auggie who has a facial difference. His journey through the fifth grade was not like everyone else’s. He deal with new friends and bullying. This is a must read and you will love the lesson.

Recommended for pre-teens, teens, and adults.

— Review by Mei Lin M, grade 6

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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Spinning by Tillie Walden

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Warcross by Marie Lu

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 17 – Retro Gamers Club @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

January 17 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 17 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 18 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 18 – Lotion Making @ River Valley District Library

January 19 – DIY Braided Rugs @ River Valley District Library

January 20 – D & D – First Campaign @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 20 – #cupsidedown @ East Moline Public Library

January 22 – Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

January 22 – Hands Only CPR with the Red Cross @ Silvis Public Library

January 22 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

January 23 – Strings & Things – Crochet Workshop Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

January 23 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 23 – Teen Cupcake Wars @ Silvis 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 Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan
Bethan is the apprentice the green healer Drina in a clan of Welsh Romanies. One night Silas, the son of the chieftain, and his friends brutally assault Bethan and a half-Roma friend, Martyn. She begs Drina to bring Martyn back from death’s door. To do so, Bethan must collect grisly pieces to fuel the spell: an ear, some hair, an eye, a nose, and fingers.

Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Nate was fourteen when he murdered his father—the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound. It was self-defense, and now he lives with an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him. He struggles to forge a new life and interact with people he was brought up to hate. Including Brandon, who is the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. But when his secret past comes into contact with his new life, Nate will have to decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right.

The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims
Since the car accident, Samantha has been in pain, not only from her leg injury, but also from her mother’s death. After pushing away her friends, Sam has receded into a fog of depression. Then she meets Eliot, a reckless loner with an attitude and an amazing secret—he can’t feel any pain. As they grow closer, they begin to confront Sam’s painful memories of the accident—memories that may hold a startling truth about what really happened that day.

Chico Boy by Gina Hooten Popp
Life isn’t easy when you have as many obstacles to overcome as Chico Boy has in his life. His Dad left over a year ago and he’s fallen behind in school. And his mother barely makes enough to cover the family’s expenses. To top it all off, he and his best friend Talula think they’ve witnessed a possible murder. But take heart, not all is bad for Chico Boy. He has a great group of friends and an indomitable spirit that keeps him bouncing high on the pogo stick of life.

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz
World War Two has shattered Valka’s homeland of Russia. Determined to do her part, she signs up for an all-female group of pilots. As much as she loves flying, dropping bombs on German soldiers from a fragile canvas biplane is no joyride. As the war intensifies and those around her fall, Valka must decide how much she is willing to risk to defend the skies she once called home.

Next Week

Monday, January 15 @ 3:00 p.m.
Create your own stress balls and aromatherapy play dough at a Calming Crafts program to help you de-stress for finals week. Open to grades 6-12.

Wednesday, January 17 @ 2:30-4:00
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Make your own play dough. Drop in any time. No registration required.

Thursday, January 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
HyVee dietitian Hannah Eddy will teach student in grades 4-8 basic food safety, discuss healthy options, and create a Taste of Italy feast to enjoy. Space is limited and registration is required.

A Librarian Reads…


I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Meg Garcia has committed suicide. Her best friend, Cody, is left alone and confused, and most of all feeling incredibly guilty. Meg and Cody were supposed to go to college together. But Meg got a scholarship for a private school and Cody couldn’t afford the state school nearby. They’d drifted apart, but surely Cody should have seen that something was wrong. She lives in fear of the day that Meg’s parents will ask if she knew. Because she didn’t. She didn’t know anything about her best friend. That starts to change when she goes to clear out Meg’s room at college. She meets Meg’s roommates and friends…and an old boyfriend. When she finds an encrypted folder on Meg’s computer, Cody is convinced there was more to the story than anyone knew. And she is determined to find out what was going on, even if it puts her in the same danger.

Cody is a likeable and relatable character, and her grief and determination are realistically portrayed. This is a slow-burning but compelling story that will appeal to readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories with a hint of mystery.

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Featured Series

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy

Danny Wright, seventeen, joined the Idaho Army National Guard to serve the country as his father had, but when the Guard is sent to an anti-government protest in Boise and Danny’s gun accidently fires, he finds himself at the center of a conflict that results in the federal government declaring war on Idaho.

1) Divided We Fall

2) Burning Nation

3) The Last Full Measure