A Librarian Reads…

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Salvador has always known who he was. And he was happy with his life. But everything starts to change on the first day of his senior year when a guy calls his dad a faggot and Sal punches him. Suddenly he wonders if his violent impulses come from his biological father. As his best friend Sam works through issues with her mother, Sal thinks more about his mother, who died when he was three. Their friend Fito has his own problems at home. And worst of all is the news that Sal’s beloved grandmother, Mima, is dying of cancer. As he questions himself and his relationship to the people in (and not in) his life, Sal struggles to define what family means for him, and what kind of logic controls his life.

This story about family and friendships takes on some big questions of identity and treats them with dignity and respect. Recommended for readers in high school and up.


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Featured Series

Soul Seekers by Alyson Noel

While living with her grandmother in New Mexico, Daire discovers her destiny as a Soul Seeker–one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead–and meets the boy of her dreams, Dace.

1) Fated

2) Echo

3) Mystic

4) Horizon

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

December 13 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

December 13 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 14 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 14 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

December 15 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

December 16 – Movie Matinee: Gremlins @ East Moline Public Library

December 16 – Science of Star Wars @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

December 19 – Teen/Tween Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

December 19 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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.

A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba
Bamboo are monsters. They look just like us, live by night, and drink human lifeblood. They usually keep their distance. But when Kyo lies at the precipice of death, Bamboo save him. They start an enjoyable, yet strange shared life together, but for Bamboo, communication with a human being is the greatest sin.

Last Star Burning by Caitlin Sangster (Last Star Burning, Book One)
To escape execution for a crime she didn’t commit, seventeen-year-old Sev is forced to run away from her city into the wilderness. With nowhere to turn, Sev has to figure out who she can trust in a world where trusting the wrong person could mean not only her life but the lives of everyone she loves.

Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
Ruby is determined to fulfill her sister’s dying wish: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island. Along with a group of friends who are touched by magic, they set out. In order to find the treasure each person must reveal their deepest secrets. As truths come to light, they must all decide whether they can make peace with their pasts.

Meant to Be by Julie Halpern
At the age of eighteen, the name of your “meant to be” appears on your skin. Agatha’s best friend has embraced the phenomenon and is head over heels in love with her MTB. But Ag isn’t so sure. As she searches the interwebs for her MTB she finds herself falling for a co-worker at the local amusement park. Is he a better match? What does Agatha really want in a mate, and moreover, what does she want for herself?

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?

Next Week

Monday, December 11 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students in grades 4-8 are needed to help make cards and gifts to donate to a local nursing home as part of our Holiday Service Project. Enjoy a holiday movie and snacks while you work.

Tuesday, December 12 @ 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Anime Club
 is open to teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 who love anime, manga, and all things Japanese. Drop by to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and make new friends.

A Librarian Reads…

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Aston, and Jodi Meadows

In 1553, King Edward died and made his cousin, Jane Grey, the queen. Then nine days later Edward’s sister Mary took the castle and the crown, and eventually Jane’s head. That’s what the history books say. But maybe they got it wrong. What really happened might have been something completely different.

King Edward is dying, so he makes Jane his heir at the suggestion of his closest advisor, Lord Dudley. He also approves for Dudley’s son Gifford to marry Jane. He’s sure Jane won’t mind. After all, Gifford is an Edian, a person who can change into an animal. In this case, Gifford can become a horse. Only he can’t control the change. He’s a horse by day and a man by night. Edward and Jane used to dream of the day they’d discover their Edian forms, like Edward’s father, King Henry VIII who turned into a lion whenever he was angry. Not everyone approves of Edians though. And chief among the Verities who oppose Edians is Edward’s oldest sister Mary. As Edward, Jane, and Gifford try to make the best of their situations, they come to learn a lot about their country, their families, and their true selves.

This book is a perfect blend of history, fantasy, romance, and humor. Highly recommended for all readers in grades 8 and up.


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Based on the Book

Did you catch any of these movies in 2017? Try reading the books they’re based on! Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

Beauty and the Beast ~based on~
Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

Before I Fall ~based on~
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie ~based on~
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel by Dav Pilkey

The Dark Tower ~based on~
The Dark Tower (Series) by Stephen King

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul ~based on~
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

A Dog’s Purpose ~based on~
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Everything, Everything ~based on~
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Hidden Figures ~based on~
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

It ~based on~
It by  Stephen King

A Monster Calls ~based on~
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Murder on the Orient Express ~based on~
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Shack ~based on~
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William Paul Young

Ten ~based on~
Ten by  Gretchen McNeil

Wonder ~based on~
Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonderstruck ~based on~
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

The Zookeepers Wife ~based on~
The Zookeepers Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman