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

 

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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.

Rebel Mechanics: All is Fair in Love and Revolution by Shanna Swendson (Rebel Mechanics, Book One)
It’s 1888, and Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. Now Verity must choose between her Magister employers and the cute rebel spy she’s falling in love with.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline is allergic to the world, confined to her house with only her mom and nurse Carla for company. But when Olly, tall, lean and wearing all black, moves in next door, she knows she is going to fall in love with him, and it will almost certainly be a disaster.

Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson
Odea has been a dreamwalker since she was six, and she has never questioned her mother’s strange rules. But when a mysterious new boy comes to town, Dea finally starts to feel normal. As Connor breaks down her walls and gets close to learning her secret, she wonders if that’s so bad. But when Dea breaks the rules, the boundary between worlds begins to deteriorate.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
Arden, loyal to her needy best friend and absent mom, takes comfort in a blog called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours.” When the blog’s writer, Peter, is dumped by his girlfriend, she decides to go find him. During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music, Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.

Sweet Madness by Trisha Leaver
Bridget, a poor Irish immigrant, has taken employment with the city’s most peculiar family—the Bordens. She desperately needs the money to buy her little sister, Cara, passage to the states. But the family is stranger than she could have imagined, especially their daughter, Lizzie. Based on the true story of Lizzie Borden.

 

A Librarian Reads…

Armada by Ernest Cline

The only things Zack has ever been good at are video games and connecting with the father who died when he was a baby. He loves his father’s music and movies and games. He isn’t quite as sure what to think about his dad’s notebook full of ideas on how the government has been using sci-fi movies and video games to train civilians to prepare for an intergalactic war. But then he sees a spaceship from his favorite game flying outside of his school. And then men in black come for him. Now the adventure Zack has always dreamed about is coming true in the most terrifyingly possible way.

Fans of science fiction, video games, and 80s culture will love this book. Even if you don’t get all the references, the non-stop action and drama will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

 

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Featured Series

Brian’s Saga by Gary Paulsen

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

1) Hatchet

2) The River

3) Brian’s Winter

4) Brian’s Return 

5) Brian’s Hunt

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

November 12 – Tween Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 13 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

November 16 – After School Otaku Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

November 16 – NaNoWriMo Write In @ Bettendorf Public Library 

November 17 – Geek & Snack @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

 

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