The National Book Award

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.


2015 Young People’s Literature Longlist:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson 

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin 

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson 

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs by Gary Paulsen 

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon 

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman 

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 



Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 21 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 21 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 22 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 22 – Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library

October 24 – Make a Difference Day @ Silvis Public Library

October 26 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 26 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 27 – Teen TuesdaysSilvis 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 for more information and to place a hold.

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
Adam Stone wants freedom and peace and a chance to escape Blackwater. But he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood most of all. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul.

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years…

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller
Peggy was eight when her father told her the world had been destroyed. For years they lived on their own deep in the wilderness. But when Peggy finds a pair of boots, she begins a search for their owner, and the truth about her life.

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (The Field Party, Book One)
On the outside, West has it all, but on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer. Maggie’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother and she hasn’t spoken a word since, making her the one person West can truly confide in.

Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper
Mal is a blank, unable to be cursed or saved or killed by magic. And everyone is afraid of them—even Mal himself. Along with his partner in crime, Boone, Mal travels the world in search of dangerous and illegal magical relics.


Next Week

Thursday, October 22 @ 4:00 – 6:30

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will give a College Application workshop. Get hands-on assistance filling out online college applications, advice about essays, and more. Free. No registration required.


A Librarian Reads…

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

People go missing all the time in Bone Gap, IL. Finn’s own mother ran off to Colorado with an orthodontist, leaving his older brother Sean to take care of him. But Roza was different. She just showed up one day and stole everyone’s heart – especially Sean’s. But when she does missing too, no one will believe Finn that she was kidnapped. As past blends with present and reality blends with impossibility, Finn and Roza search desperately for something they aren’t even sure exists anymore.

If you like mysteries with a hint of magical realism, you must check out this fascinating tale. It will keep you guessing to the very end. Recommended for ages 12 and up.


Featured Series

Unknown Assassin by Allen Zadoff

He can’t remember his past or his name. Trained by the mysterious Program to be an undercover assassin, all he cares about is the mission. For this particular mission, his name is Ben, and his target is the mayor of New York. But when Ben meets the mayor’s gorgeous daughter Sam, he suddenly finds himself questioning the Program and his own identity.

1) Boy Nobody

2) I Am the Mission

3) I Am the Traitor

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 14 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 15 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 15 – Horror Scavenger Hunt @ Rock Island Public Library

October 16 – Halloween Papercutting @ River Valley District Library

October 19 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

October 20 – Geek & Craft @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 20 – Teen Read-In & Party @ Bettendorf Public Library 


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