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A Librarian Reads…

The Robber Girl by Franny Billingsley

Gentleman Jack saved Robber Girl when her mother abandoned her. She knows this because Gentleman Jack told her so. Now she must not think about the before-time. Only Gentleman Jack and his gang of Gentleman matter. But when Gentleman Jack and Robber Girl are captured, he is sent to jail and she must go live with The Judge. Robber Girl does not want to be tamed. She doesn’t want a name except for the one Gentleman Jack has promised her. She does not want baths and dresses and school. Without even meaning to, though, she begins to change. Her world becomes bigger than just Gentleman Jack. And she has a chance to decide not just who she is, but who she wants to be.

The strong voice in this novel will catch your interest from the first page. Robber Girl will command your respect, but also your sympathy. The language is beautiful and the world fully imagined. Highly recommended for strong readers in middle school and up.

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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:

Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee
Twelve-year-old Wren, who is learning special effects makeup, is thrilled to be makeup artist for her new school’s production of Wicked, but her parents’ divorce is seriously affecting her mother.

The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud (The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, Book One)
On the run from her latest bank robbery, Scarlett McCain comes to the rescue of Albert Browne, the sole survivor of a horrific accident, and soon learns he may be the most dangerous threat of all.

Tia Lugo Speaks No Evil by Danette Vigilante
Tia Lugo, an asthmatic thirteen-year-old Puerto Rican girl living in NYC, witnesses a murder late one night from her bedroom window. Terrified the killer will do anything to keep her silent and desperate to find the courage to speak out, Tia turns to her grandmother’s favorite shopping spot: the botanica.

The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
Earth has been destroyed by a comet, and only a few hundred scientists and their children – among them Petra and her family – have been chosen to journey to a new planet. They are the ones who must carry on the human race. Hundreds of years later, Petra wakes to this new planet – and the discovery that she is the only person who remembers Earth. A sinister Collective has systematically purged the memories of all on board. Petra alone now carries the stories of our past, and with them, any hope for our future. Can she make them live again?

For Teens:

Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards
On her eighteenth birthday, Cleo is given clues for a mysterious scavenger hunt that sends her around Columbus, Ohio, and through her past relationship with Declan, who drowned on a group rafting trip the previous year.

Tonight We Rule the World by Zack Smedley
In the beginning, Owen’s story was blank . . . then he was befriended by Lily, the aspiring author who helped him find his voice. Together, the two have spent years navigating first love and amassing an inseparable friend group. But all of it is upended one day when his school’s administration learns Owen’s secret: that he was sexually assaulted by a classmate.

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu
1964. Houston, Texas. Evie Barnes and all her friends are the sort who wear bold makeup, laugh too loud, and run around with boys. Most of all, they protect their own against the world. They’re the bad girls. When Evie is saved from a sinister encounter by a good girl from the “right” side of the tracks, every rule she has always lived by is called into question. Now she must redefine what it means to be a bad girl– and rethink everything she knew about loyalty. 

Creepy Cat by Cotton Valent (Graphic Novel)
Flora moves into a mysterious mansion and finds it inhabited by a strange creature–Creepy Cat! Thus begins her strange and sometimes dangerous life with a feline roommate. This Gothic comedy brings the chuckles … and the chills!”

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December Reading Challenge: Book with a One Word Title

The December selection for the 2021 Moline Library Reading Challenge is to read a book with a one word title. Try one of these great choices.

For Tweens:

Archvillain by Barry Lyga

Brave by Svetlana Chmakova

Click by Kayla Miller

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

George by Alex Gino

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Legend by Marie Lu

Monsterland by James Crowley

Posted by John David Anderson

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Threads by Ami Polonsky

For Teens:

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Muted by Tami Charles

Overturned by Lamar Giles

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

A Librarian Reads…

When All the Girls Are Sleeping by Emily Arsenault

Every old place has its ghost story. At Windham-Farnswood Academy it’s the Winter Girl who haunts the senior girls’ dormitory every January. Last year, Haley’s best friend Taylor committed suicide. When Taylor’s brother sends Haley a mysterious video taken just days before her death, she starts to wonder whether the Winter Girl had something to do with it. As the days tick closer to the one-year anniversary of Taylor’s death, Haley is drawn deeper and deeper into the history and mystery of her school. And if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she may be the Winter Girl’s next victim.

A creepy old boarding school. A ghost. A mysterious death. This novel is a roller coaster of fear and adrenaline that will keep you flipping pages to the very end. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up that enjoy an engaging mystery that will also leaving you shivering.

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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:

Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas
In 1961 Cuba, with the threat of military service for children looming, twelve-year-old Cumba’s parents send him to Miami, where he lives with a new family and misses his homeland.

Creatures of the Flood by Erin Hunter (Bamboo Kingdom, Book One)
Three young pandas set out on separate journeys to save their homes and families in the Bamboo Kingdom.

Worst-Case Collin by Rebecca Caprara
In the two years since his mother was killed in an automobile crash, Colin has been anticipating further disasters, writing down what to do in the event of an avalanche or mentally practicing the Heimlich maneuver just in case–but the real trouble is that his mathematician father is obsessed with a classic math problem and has a hoarding problems that is spiraling out of control, leaving Colin desperate to hide this chaos from his friends and everyone else, even as he struggles with his own grief.

Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen (Graphic Novel)
Garlic must believe in herself to confront a bloodthirsty vampire who has moved into a nearby castle, in this humorous and heartwarming story that reminds readers that strangers are not always as scary as they seem.

Guardians of Porthaven by Shane Arbuthnott
In this science-fiction novel for middle readers, just as fifteen-year-old Malcolm prepares to take on the traditional role of Guardian of his city, he learns some shocking truths about his family.

For Teens:

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle (Wings of Ebony, Book One)
Half-god, half-human Rue is snatched from her Houston home to Ghazan, a secret land of gods, by her estranged father, then must face an evil determined to steal everything from her.

Maybe We’re Electric by Val Emmich
In Edison, New Jersey, in a museum devoted to the inventor Thomas Edison, a bitter, self-loathing sixteen-year-old girl with a deformed hand and the seemingly coolest boy in school spend the night during a snowstorm, growing close until a shameful secret threatens everything.

Bluebird by Sharon Cameron
In 1946 Eva arrives in New York City, from the rubble of Berlin, supposedly looking for a new life, but actually seeking justice against the Nazis that “escaped” with the help of the CIA; one in particular, the doctor who knows who Eva really is, because her identity is the product Project Bluebird, an experiment of the concentration camps involving brainwashing and mind control, which both the Americans and the Soviets would like access to–and Eva does not know if she can trust anyone she meets, least of all Jake Katz, the young man she is attracted to.

Why We Fly by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
Told from alternating points of view, Chanel and Eleanor’s rocky start to senior year gets more complex when the cheerleading team kneels for the national anthem and each girl grapples with the consequences.

Any Sign of Life by Rae Carson
Paige Miller fears she is the only person left alive in Ohio until she meets a handful of other survivors, and together they struggle with the knowledge that their new reality is the first part of an alien invasion.