A Librarian Reads…

Illegal by Eoin Colfer (Graphic Novel)

Now—Ebo and his brother Kwame, along with twelve other men, are on a small balloon boat meant to hold six, crossing from Africa to Greece. They have risked everything to get this far, but it might not be enough.

Then—Ebo learns that Kwame has left their small African village to go to Europe to seek their sister and a better way of life. Desperate to find him, Ebo manages to get a ride into Agadez. But the city is huge and danger lurks at every corner.

This compelling graphic novel is told in alternating views of “Now” and “Then,” showing the desperate sacrifices many have made and continue to make in order to escape war, famine, and poverty. Recommended for readers in middle school and up with an interest in human rights, especially refugees.


2017 Edgar Allan Poe Award


The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year.

2018 Winner:
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

2017 Nominees:
The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom
Grit by Gillian French
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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.

Contagion by Erin Bowman (Contagion, Book One)
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies. As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips
Everyone believes Morgan is sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan has a secret. For over a year she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. When she’s caught her world starts to crumble. Now she’s desperate to keep her friends from finding out, while at the same time developing feelings for Eli, the nephew of the owner of the charity shop where she’s doing community service. Now she must choose between her perfect image and the boy she loves.

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge (Graphic Novel)
Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else. Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace. But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.

Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
Nate and Cameron meet in a dingy Los Angeles club and discover they have much more in common than their love of an obscure indie band. Then Nate learns that Cameron is the heir to a soul-sucking record label—the very one that destroyed his father’s life—the only evidence of their connection is the blurry photo Cameron snaps of Nate’s Sharpied Chuck Taylors. When Cameron’s sister Tess posts the photo on Instagram, the internet just about breaks with the news of this modern fairy tale.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Mirage, Book One)
In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek Empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

Next Week

Help the Moline Public Library knit/crochet blanket squares on Wednesday, October 17 at 5:30 p.m. Blanket squares will be used to make complete blankets which will be donated to Project Linus. Program is open to teens and adults of all levels of experience. No registration required. Supplies are provided but limited. Participants can bring their own supplies.

Students in grades 6 through 12 are invited to a Halloween Cookie Decorating program on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. Create spooky designs using frosty and candy to decorate (and eat) Halloween cookies while enjoying a movie. To register, call or visit the library’s web calendar.

The Library asks you to celebrate Teen Read Week and to represent Moline in the 2018 Quad City Area Libraries’ Teen Reading Challenge! Teens in grade 6-12 can pick up a reading log at the Library after Sept. 22 and will have four weeks to read as many minutes as they can before returning to their logs to the Library (Reading logs due to Library by Monday, Oct. 22). Teens will receive a finishing prize, entries into many gift card raffles, and a ticket for the teen plus a friend to attend an after-hours Teen Reading Challenge Party at the Moline Library on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6pm. For more information, contact the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470 or visit us at 3210 41st Street, Moline, IL or online at www.molinelibrary.com.


Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher

Annie is caught between two worlds. In one she is a Boots, part of a family incapable of escaping poverty and drug addiction and bad life choices. In the other, she’s with her long-term foster family, rescued from the inevitability of following in her family’s footsteps. Her mother lost parental rights some time ago, but Annie can’t seem to stay away from her birth family—even when her foster father threatens to kick Annie out if she sees them again. She uses sports as a go-between, a chance to both make Pops proud and see her family on the sly. But keeping her two worlds separate is getting harder and harder, and sooner or later something is going to have to give.

Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories of broken families and strong young women.


Featured Series

Worldweavers by Alma Alexander

As the seventh child born of the union of two seventh children, fourteen-year-old Thea has not fulfilled her parents’ hope of having special magical powers, and they try a last, desperate measure before sending her to a school for those with no magical ability.

1) Gift of the Unmage

2) Spellspam

3) Cybermage

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.

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
In the three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre, a story has grown up around one of the victims, Sarah McHale, that says she died proclaiming her Christian faith. But Leanne Bauer was there, and knows what happened, and she has a choice: stay silent and let people believe in Sarah’s martyrdom, or tell the truth.

This Story is a Lie by Tom Pollock
Seventeen-year-old mathematical genius Peter Blankman battles his lifelong panic attacks as he tries to find his missing twin sister, Bel, and those who nearly assassinated his mother, a famous scientist.

See All the Stars by Kit Frick
Bex, Jenni, and Ret were Ellory’s whole solar system. Now she’s alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever. She’s returning to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Sixteen-year-old Grace has Asperger’s, a horse, and a best friend who understands her, which is pretty much all she needs, but when she kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it is up to Grace to fix it on her own.

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (#MurderTrending, Book One)
Falsely accused of murdering her stepsister, seventeen-year-old Dee fights to survive paid assassins on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media.