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.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan figure out whether they should stay together or break up. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Evan is white and rich. Alma is poor and Mexican. Somehow, they fall desperately in love. But when Immigration starts cracking down on illegal immigrants, Alma isn’t sure how Evan will react to the secret her whole family has been keeping.

Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley
Olivia has spent her whole life being compared to her dead mother. She turns to her friends for the support their small town can’t provide. When a fight between her friend Jamie and his father turns deadly, all Olivia can think to do is grab her friends and run without any thought to who the real enemy might be.

Nightfall by Jake Halpern
On Marin’s island, the sunrise comes every twenty eight years. The islanders sail south during the long Night. But when twins Marin and Kana learn their friend Line has gone missing just before departure time, they set out to find him, knowing it could mean their lives as well.

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they’ll do anything to escape the pressure. They’ll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them… until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it.


Next Week

Thursday, December 3 @ 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…

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon is falling in love with someone he’s never met, and maybe never will. He’s been emailing with “Blue” anonymously ever since finding his Tumblr post. But their anonymity is threatened when Martin accidentally logs in to Simon’s email. Now Simon is being blackmailed into setting Martin up with his friend Abby or risk being outed to the world. And worse, possibly losing Blue in the process.

This story is beautifully written, focusing not only on Simon’s budding romance, but also on his relationships with friends and family and the effect coming out has on everyone in his life. Recommended for high school and up.

Featured Series

Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

When Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself with an ability to know when people near her are about to die, she turns to hot senior Nash for help, and together they investigate when several of their classmates die for no apparent reason.

1) My Soul to Take

2) My Soul to Save

3) My Soul to Keep

4) My Soul to Steal

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

November 25 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 27 – Family Animated Movie @ Silvis Public Library

November 30 – After School Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

November 30 – NaNoWriMo Write In @ Bettendorf 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.

The Dogs by Allan Stratton
Cameron’s mom has always told him they were hiding from his vicious father. But when they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (Prisoners of Peace, Book One)
In a world that is always on the edge of war, kings and presidents send their children to be hostages, willing to be sacrificed if their countries declare war. Greta has always known this was her fate, but Elián does not accept his. As the two become closer, their countries get closer to war.

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
After a drunken make-out session with his best friend, Angus, Will is confused. He doesn’t think he’s gay, but didn’t exactly hate kissing a guy. Then he meets Brandy and knows for sure he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with Angus on the sly?

Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips
Lexi has a crush on her gorgeous, upstanding friend Ben. So he can never find out about her mom’s drinking, or her dad’s absence, or the fact that she hooks up with the school’s bad boy Tyler Flynn. But when Tyler doesn’t want to go on pretending nothing is going on and her dad shows back up just when Ben starts to notice Lexi, she wonders how long she can continue faking perfect.

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Joan yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself.


Next Week

Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27

The Moline Public Library will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.


A Librarian Reads…

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Life is perfect in Serenity, New Mexico. With only 185 people, there are plenty of jobs and houses for everyone. The town’s 30 children study meditation and contentment. It’s no wonder no one ever leaves. But when Eli’s best friend, Randy, convinces him to go on a bike ride past the town line, he realizes there might be something more keeping people in Serenity when he gets so sick he nearly dies. And shortly after that Randy is sent away. Other children begin to notice other strange happenings in town, and when they compare notes they realize something is definitely not right in Serenity.

This book will appeal to fans of mystery and intrigue. Though written for a middle school audience, older readers will get pulled into the action just as easily. This is the first in a new series. Look for the sequel, Outlaws, in February 2016.


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Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2015

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

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

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

MARTians by Blythe Woolston


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

November 18 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 19 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library

November 19 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 20 – Origami Bookmarks @ River Valley District Library 

November 21 – Live Action Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 21 – Frankenstein Movie & Program @ East Moline Public Library

November 21 – Extreme Gingerbread House Challenge @ Silvis Public Library

November 21 – Lego Mindstorm @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 23 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 23 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 23 – NaNoWriMo Write In @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 24 – Teen Tuesdays @ Silvis Public Library


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