New Books

Check out these new books in the Tween section and the YA corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

For Tweens:

Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Bullied and shamed her whole life for being fat, twelve-year-old Ellie finally gains the confidence to stand up for herself, with the help of some wonderful new allies

The Amazing Beef Squad: Never Say Die! by Jason Ross
After discovering a conspiracy to fire their teacher, a group of seventh graders dubbed Beef Squad team up with new girl Karla Woo to save their teacher’s job by uncovering a secret from their Gold Rush town’s past.

All You Knead Is Love by Tanya Guerrero
Banished from her abusive home for a summer with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona, twelve-year-old Alba feels hope and love while exploring a newly discovered passion for bread baking.

For Teens:

Your Heart, My Sky: Love in a Time of Hunger by Margarita Engle
In Cuba’s “special period in times of peace” of 1991, Liana and Amado find love after their severe hunger gives both courage to risk government retribution by skipping a summer of labor to seek food. Told in their two voices plus that of the stray dog that brought them together.

The Camino Club by Kevin Craig
After getting in trouble with the law, a group of wayward teens are given an ultimatum: serve time in juvenile detention for their crimes or walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain over the summer holidays with a pair of court-appointed counselors. Although they come from diverse backgrounds, the unlikely friends try to make the best of their situation. The pilgrims grow closer on their journey, but they may not make it to their destination–the Cathedral in Santiago. If they do, will they each find what they’re looking for, and will their newfound friendships endure?

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
When children start to go missing in the local woods, eighteen-year-old Wendy Darling must face her fears and a past she cannot remember to rescue them in this novel based on Peter Pan.

Fade Away by E. B. Vickers
Jake Foster secures the state title for his basketball team with his signature fadeaway, but by the next morning he’s disappeared without a trace. Rumors abound regarding his whereabouts. Told from the points of view of those closest to Jake, the story reminds us that the people we think we know best are sometimes hiding painful secrets.


2021 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2021 Winner

Everything Sad

Everything Sad Is Untrue (A True Story) by Daniel Nayeri
In an autobiographical novel, middle-schooler Daniel, formerly Khosrou, tells his unimpressed and at times cruel classmates about his experience as an Iranian refugee.

2021 Honor Books

Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth
Gansworth—an enrolled member of the Onandaga Nation—revisits his childhood and teen years spent on a Tuscarora reservation in this ambitious and searing memoir. Told in verse and accompanied by original art, Gansworth’s compelling coming of age story is a moving, illuminating exploration of otherness, intergenerational trauma, and resilience.

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Gene Luen Yang never would have guessed that he would be working on a graphic novel about a basketball team, but he found inspiration in the men’s varsity team at Bishop O’Dowd High School. The games are only a small portion of the story, though, as readers learn about the history of basketball as well as Yang’s personal journey.

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
In this novel in verse, Ada recounts her freshman year as a first generation student attending a Historically Black College, while simultaneously taking the reader through her younger life. Ada feels the pressure to make money from her major, but she ultimately realizes that dance is what connects, energizes, and sustains her.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Just months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt issued the Civilian Exclusion Order, forcing the tight knit community of Japantown teens and their families to incarceration camps.  Author Traci Chee deftly manages fourteen narratives all with a unique voice and experience. The lives of these teens may have been forever changed, but as Chee writes, “We are not free. But we are not alone.”

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New Books

Check out these new books in the Tween section and the YA corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

For Tweens:

Where We Used to Roam by Jenn Bishop
Living near Boston, sixth-grader Emma tries to hide from family problems and changing friendships by spending the summer in Wyoming.

The Turnover by Mike Lupica
When a young basketball star decides to research his grandfather–and coach–for a school project, he uncovers a decades-old scandal that changes everything he thought he knew about his grandfather.

Girl Haven by Lilah Sturges (Graphic Novel)
Three years ago, Ash’s mom left home and never returned, leaving behind a shed full of mystical curiosities related to the all-girl fantasy world she’d created as a child — Koretris. One day Ash and a new group of friends from Pride Club try one of the spells to enter Koretris. They’re transported to a magical realm filled with human-sized talking animals who are fiercely protective of their world and are ready to fight to protect it.

The Many Mysteries of the Finkel Family by Sarah Kapit
Two sisters start a detective agency and solve a series of everyday mysteries about themselves and their family.

The Dog Who Saved the World by Ross Welford
A girl and her dog set out to save the world from a deadly plague by time traveling into the future.

For Teens:

She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard
When seventeen-year-old Veronica’s photograph of her introverted girlfriend goes viral, they are sent into a spiral of fame and lethal danger as they navigate the turbulent waters of their relationship, secrets, acclaim, and the underground San Diego art scene.

My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley (Graphic Novel)
Follows the experiences of childhood friends Megan and Cass, who approach a crossroad in their lives and art during a visit to the latter’s very different new home in New York City.

Bruised by Tanya Boteju
Daya Wijesinghe sees a bruise as a mixture of comfort and control, but joining a roller derby team push her toward big truths about love, loss, strength, and healing.

Bones of a Saint by Grant Farley
In 1970s northern California, fifteen-year-old RJ Armante must fight to save himself and his disabled brother from the Blackjacks gang, and free his hometown, Arcangel, from its past.

Scaled by J.T. Ashmore (Deep Skin, Book One)
A meteor explodes over the Midwest, and teens exposed to the fragments break out in a rash of glittering scales. Among the affected are a homophobic bully, an honor student, and a witty gay guy. Zack, Hilde, and Silas overcome their initial antagonism to form an unlikely alliance. As the scales spread over their bodies, they must work together to combat their self-loathing, accept their alienness, and escape the forces bent on crushing them.


April Craft Kit: Tomato Seed Planters

How to Get a Summer Job

Looking for Summer Employment?

Susan Zelnio, Moline Foundation Workforce Development Program Director, will review the basics for applications, resumes and job interviews for summer employment.  You have the skills to get a summer job, even if you have never had a paying job before.

This is a two part series.  Registration is required for each part.  An online program link will be sent to registrants 1-2 days prior to the program.

New Books

Check out these new books in the Tween section and the YA corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

For Tweens:

Karma Moon: Ghost Hunter by Melissa Savage
While in a haunted Colorado hotel for her father’s ghost-hunting television series, Karma Moon must battle her anxiety, interpret the signs of the universe, and get footage of a real ghost–you know, the usual.

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
Sixth-grader Wes Henderson sets out to save the Oaks, the neighborhood where he’s lived his whole life, from being sold to a real estate developer.

The Memory Thief by Jodi Lynn Anderson
When sixth-grader Rosie begins to see magic, she learns that her mother’s dwindling memory is tied to an age-old battle between the light of the moon and the darkness of witches.

Forever Home by Jenna Ayoub (Graphic Novel)
Willow has never had a place she can call home. With two parents in the military, finding a place to make her own has become a total pipe dream. And when the family arrives at their latest stop — the historic Hadleigh House — Willow encounters something that doesn’t help her chances of staying put … GHOSTS!

Rivals by Tommy Greenwald
In basketball-crazed Walthorne, rival middle school stars Austin Chambers and Carter Haswell are both feeling the pressure when school sports reporter Alfie Jenks reveals scandals that jeopardize the whole season.

For Teens:

Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall
People have been vanishing from the island of Bitter Rock for decades. Sophie receives a mysterious phone call in 2003 telling her that her mother is now one of them. Following the trail, the oddly-familiar place seems to explain her impossible dream — memory? — of drowning and being rescued as an infant.

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
Struggling with emotional problems and an eating disorder, Jayne, a Korean American college student living in New York City, is estranged from her accomplished older sister June, until June gets cancer.

The Lake by Natasha Preston
Seventeen-year-old best friends Esme and Kayla return to Camp Pine Lake as counselors in training, but the dark secret they have been hiding for nine years is back to haunt them.

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
After Ciela and Lock are sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pastelería and his secret forest of otherworldly trees.

Teen Poetry Contest

Tween & Teen Books Set in the Midwest

Take part in Moline Library’s 2021 Reading Challenge. Here are some books that you can use for the April selection. These books are all set in the Midwest, including the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

For Tweens:

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor (Nebraska)

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton (Illinois)

American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar (Michigan)

Th3 Brav5 by James Bird (Minnesota)

The Book of Story Beginnings by Kristin Kladstrup (Iowa)

Camp Murderface by Josh Berk & Saundra Mitchell (Ohio)

Codename: Zero by Chris Rylander (North Dakota)

The Danger Box by Blue Balliett (Michigan)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Illinois)

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (Wisconsin)

I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson (Wisconsin)

Like Nothing Amazing Ever Happened by Emily Blejwas (Minnesota)

Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron (Illinois)

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Kansas)

Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga (Ohio)

Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park (Dakota Territory)

The Red Menace by Lois Ruby (Kansas)

The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall (Missouri)

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (Indiana)

Stealing Air by Trent Reedy (Iowa)

For Teens:

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan (Indiana)

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Michigan)

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus (Iowa)

Brown Girl Ghosted by Mintie Das (Illinois)

The Chaos of Now by Erin Jade Lange (Iowa)

Clown in a Cornfield by Daniel Kraus (Missouri)

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood (Wisconsin)

The Downstairs Girl by (Michigan)

Early Departures by (Ohio)

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (Ohio)

The Frontman by Stacey Lee (Nebraska)

Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman (Nebraska)

The Gone Away Place by Christopher Barzak (Ohio)

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Kansas)

Hooper by Geoff Herbach (Minnesota)

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (Illinois)

The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction by Amy Brashear (Kansas)

Kent State by (Ohio)

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan (Michigan)

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (Missouri)

No Saints in Kansas by Deborah Wiles (Kansas)

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg (Wisconsin)

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Janauda Petrus (Minnesota)

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (Nebraska)

This Is How it Happened by Paula Stokes (Missouri)

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Indiana)

We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund (Illinois)

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss (Iowa)

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (Indiana)

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