Books For Gamers

The Six by Mark Alpert
Muscular dystrophy has taken everything from Adam, and will take his life. So when a rogue AI program threatens all of humanity, he jumps at the chance to shed his body and become a weaponized robot along with five other terminally ill teens.

Guy In Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs and Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG meet on a bridge in the middle of the night. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.
But they don’t. They fall in love.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. Wade only really feels alive when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS, studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (The Mortality Doctrine, Book One)
Michael spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. When he hears of a gamer holding players hostage in the VirtNet, he doesn’t think it has much to do with him…until the government comes to recruit him to catch the hacker. Along with his friends, Michael will go off the VirtNet grid to a place where game and reality blur together in a way that will change his life forever. Check out The Rule of Thoughts and The Game of Lives also.

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow (Graphic Novel)
Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong get tangled together when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

The Leveller by Julia Durango
Nixy Bauer is a teenage bounty hunter who drags kids out of virtual reality and back to the real world. But Wyn isn’t just another teen who’d rather play than face reality. He’s stuck, and Nixy will risk more than ever before, including her heart, to bring him home.

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid (Insignia, Book One)
It’s the middle of WWIII, natural resources are almost gone, and war is being fought to control the assets of the solar system. The enemy is winning. The salvation may be Tom Raines, whose virtual-reality gaming skills make him a phenom behind the controls of the battle drones. As a new member of the Intrasolar Forces, Tom’s life completely changes. Suddenly, he’s someone important. He has new opportunities, friends, and a shot at having a girlfriend. But there’s a price to pay… Check out Vortex and Catalyst also.

Epic by Conor Kostick
There is no violence on New Earth. Instead, conflicts are resolved in the arena of a fantasy computer game, Epic. Everyone plays, and your whole life depends on how whether you win or lose. When Erik, seeking revenge for the unjust treatment of his parents, dares to subvert the rules of Epic, he and his friends find themselves up against with the ultimate masters of the game: the Committee.

Erebos by Ursula Poznanski
When sixteen-year-old Nick Dunmore receives a package with a mysterious computer game called Erebos, he hopes it will explain his classmates’ strange behavior. He is quickly drawn into the cryptic world of the game, where players must obey a strict code. Erebos watches its players and begins to manipulate their lives in frightening ways. It soon becomes clear the game has a deadly agenda. When Nick sets out on a dangerous mission, reality and the virtual world begin to blur.

Rush by Eve Silver (The Game, Book One)
After being left for dead in the street, Miki wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. Is this just a game? Or Jackson, the leader of the team, right when he says the survival of every other person on the planet depends on them? Check out Push and Crash also.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 30 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library 

September 30 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 1 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 5 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 6 – Geek & Snack @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 6 – Teen Writers Group @ River Valley District Library


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What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Young Adult section. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and place a hold.

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The accident season has always been part of Cara’s life. Towards the end of October, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
When Luke’s estranged father dies, he leaves his son a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, and has only 13 days until they will be at their strongest and deadliest.

Paperweight by Meg Haston
Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center. She’s supposed to stay for 60 days, but the anniversary of her brother’s death is in 27 days, and she plans to join him then.

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
When Kamran’s brother is labeled a terrorist while serving in the army, he knows something isn’t right. Using clues from his brother’s videos and the help of a ragtag team of underground intelligence professionals, Kaman works to clear his brother’s name and prevent a terrorist attack.

The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did. Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.


Next Week

Thursday, October 1 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.


A Librarian Reads…

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten year old Bud doesn’t have a lot going for him. He’s lost his mother, doesn’t know who is father is, and keeps getting sent back to the orphanage from terrible foster homes. After one particularly nasty family is ready to ship him back after just one night, Bud decides he might be better on his own. As he works his way around Flint Michigan during the height of the Great Depression, he has an epiphany: the musician his mother collected flyers for must be his father! But even with a destination in mind, Bud faces countless setbacks.

Bud is an admirable character who perseveres through countless hardships and is able to maintain a positive attitude. Despite the heartbreaking situation, this book is full of humor and hope. Highly recommended for all readers, particularly those who like stories about characters who overcome adversity and/or are interested in the Great Depression, especially the effect it had on the already oppressed African American community.

Featured Series

Young Bond by Charlie Higson

What does it take to become the greatest secret agent the world has ever known? In this thrilling prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, readers meet a young boy whose inquisitive mind and determination set him on a path that will someday take him across the globe, in pursuit of the most dangerous criminals of all time.

1) Silverfin

2) Blood Fever

3) Double or Die

4) Hurricane Gold

5) By Royal Command

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 23 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library 

September 23 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 24 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 25 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

September 28 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

September 28 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)



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 Young Adult section. Click on the title to go to the catalog for more information and place a hold.

Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip, the Assassin Who Ignited World War I by Henrik Rehr (Graphic Novel)
On June 28, 1914, a young man shot the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Europe would not know peace again for five years. More than 16 million people would die in the fighting that came to be known as World War I. This graphic novel imagines the life of Gavrilo and the circumstances leading up to the killing.

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Nicolette’s awful stepsisters call her “Mechanica.” And it’s true that she is an inventor. When she discovers a secret workshop, she may have found the tools to make her dreams, including attending the royal ball, come true.

A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
As a young child Eponine never knew kindness, except once from her family’s kitchen slave, Cosette. When they meet again, having fallen for the same for the same boy, she must decide what friendship is worth.

Shackled by Tom Leveen
Pelly has been suffering from severe panic attacks ever since her best friend, Tara, disappeared from a mall six years ago. She’s slowly starting to get better, but when she thinks she sees Tara, she finds the strength to help her friend, even if it means putting herself into real danger.

Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond
Walter, who is white, is falling in love with Naomi, who is black. Their relationship is put to the test when Walter’s cop father is accused of racial profiling.

A Librarian Reads…

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

This collection of spine-tingling graphic short stories will leave you looking under your bed one last time. And then once more. Carroll’s tales range from three girls trapped alone in their house in the middle of the woods while a stranger comes calling to a young girl who discovers a horrifying secret about her brother’s fiance. The artwork is as chilling as the stories. Don’t go looking for happy endings here.

If you like stories that keep you guessing, even long after you’ve closed the book, you’ll love this collection.


2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell



Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman