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A Librarian Reads…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman 

Humanity’s intellect has solved every problem to be solved. The Thunderhead, a massive semi-sentient computer system takes care of everything. No one ever gets sick or hurt and no one ever dies. Except when they are chosen for gleaning. In order to keep the population under control, a select few, known as scythes, take a certain number of lives. Most, like Scythe Faraday, are good. They choose impartially, glean mercifully, and take no pleasure in their task. When Citra and Rowen are both chosen to be his apprentices, they possess the number one quality for becoming a scythe—they don’t want to be. But as they learn more, they come to understand the necessity of not only gleaning, but doing so in a compassionate manner. Unfortunately, not all scythes are good. Soon, Citra and Rowen find their reluctant friendship and apprenticeship under attack.

Recommended for high school and up.

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2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award

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The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Sarah Dessen wins the 2017 Edwards Award for Dreamland, Keeping the Moon, Just Listen, The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, What Happened to Goodbye?, and This Lullaby.

“The teen years are often filled with anxiety, conflict, and a sense of helplessness, but Sarah Dessen’s voice brings comfort, acceptance, and love. Her stories lead to answers without condescension. Readers are empowered and learn that they have the ability to overcome their challenges,” said Edwards Committee Chair, Joy Millam.

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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.

Freya by Matthew Laurence
Sara Vanadi was once Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. Her power comes from belief, and for an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers are hard to come by. Then a shadowy corporation extends an offer: join them and receive unlimited strength and believers—or refuse and be destroyed.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
All Carver did was send a text. He had no idea it would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident—and neither can the police. Blake’s grandmother wants Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together, but not everyone is so willing to forgive. Can the goodbye days really help?

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
Gracie falls hard for A.J. A.J. likes Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! So happy, she helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. What could go wrong?

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief. Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Anya is plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. When her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own, she is forced to go on the run. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on her Quest.

 

Next Week

Wednesday, April 19 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Students in grades 4-12 are needed to volunteer for the Illinois Veterans History Project. Interviews with veterans will take place on April 22 at Hope Creek Care Center from 9:00 to 12:00. Anyone who wishes to take part must call the library to be scheduled. This event is part of the Project Next Generation grant and bus passes are available upon request.

A Librarian Reads…

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

When James moves from his new home in London back to Connecticut to attend boarding school on a rugby scholarship, he knows he’s going to have one friend there. After all, Watsons and Holmes have been friends for generations. Even though he’s never met Charlotte Holmes, he’s followed her crime solving career and imagined himself along on all her great adventures. In real life, however, Charlotte turns out to be as stand-offish as her great-ancestor Sherlock. When a boy at their school is murdered, however, Watson and Holmes become prime suspects and best friends in one fell swoop. As they race to discover the truth, clear their names, and try to stay alive, they discover that the true meaning of friendship might be the greatest mystery of them all.

Recommended for fans of mystery, especially Sherlockians, in grades 8 and up.

 

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