Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Beast by Brie Spangler

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II by Albert Marrin


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

January 18 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 18 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 19 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 20 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 20 – Game Night @ River Valley District Library

January 21 – DIY String Art @ East Moline Public Library

January 23 – Etiquette Class Silvis Public Library

January 23 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

January 24 – 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.

Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
In a world where and epidemic has left almost everyone missing some part, Nell is the only one whose mechanical piece is on the inside: her heart. When she finds a mannequin hand while salvaging on the beach, she decides to build her own companion.

Tattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen
A year ago, Rem watched Franklin commit a horrific crime. He was sent to juvenile detention and Rem tried to move on. But now Rem’s mother wants to use Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure. Is it possible to cure a person of cruelty and violence?  Or is Franklin involved in the recent death of a classmate?

Snow Summer by Kit Peel
Wyn has always known that she is different. Unable to feel the biting cold of wind and snow of the endless winter, she does what she can to blend in. But when mysterious figures start to appear in the village, insisting that she may have the power to restore order to the natural world, Wyn must look deep inside herself to face the secrets of her past that she has kept hidden even from herself.

Amy Chelsea Stacie Dee by Mary G. Thompson
Six years ago, Amy and her cousin Dee were kidnapped. Now Amy is home, and Dee is not. She can’t tell her family where she’s been or what happened to her because she’s afraid of what might happen next, and she’s desperate to protect her secrets at any cost. But moving forward is hard when you can’t acknowledge your past.

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker (The Delphi Trilogy, Book One)
Anna knows she shouldn’t talk to strangers—especially when they’re dead. But her connection to ghosts makes them impossible to ignore. Bounced between foster homes and psychiatric institutions, Anna has learned to survive. But when she has the chance to help a girl who has been brutally murdered, she might finally learn to live.

Next Week

Visit the library’s Teen Corner to find books, audiobooks, graphic novels, and magazines just for teens!

A Librarian Reads…

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Josh has lost everyone he’s ever loved. His grief and anger are a shield that keeps the world out. Nastya has lost someone too—herself. She uses her silence as shield to keep her grief and anger in. Josh doesn’t want to love anyone. Nastya doesn’t want to be loved. Somehow, they become friends, and more. The closer they get to each other, the more wary they become. Trying to balance their pain with high school, friends, parties, and a future that seems hopeless makes happiness seem always out of reach.

Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.


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Featured Series

Pretty Crooked Trilogy by Elisa Ludwig

High school sophomore Willa and her artist mother move to Arizona, where Willa starts attending an elite prep school after her mother finally sells some paintings, and Willa attempts to even things out by stealing from the rich students and giving to the poor ones.

1) Pretty Crooked

2) Pretty Sly

3) Pretty Wanted

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