A Librarian Reads…

Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri (Graphic Novel)

In September of 1994, the south side of Chicago made headlines when a 14 year old girl was shot and killed by an 11 year old boy. Who was Yummy, so named for his love of candy bars? Was he a hardened criminal, a gang member who’d already been arrested several times? Was he the kid who sang in the church choir and still carried around a teddy bear? Was he both?

This slim, black and white graphic novel attempts to show the environment in which Yummy grew up and understand how this tragedy came to happen. Recommended for middle school and up.


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Classics that are Actually Kind of Cool

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemmingway 

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 

Animal Farm by George Orwell 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath 

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 

Maus by Art Spiegelman 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 


What’s your favorite? Leave a comment.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

January 4 – After School Mondays @ Bettendorf Public Library 

January 5 – Geek & Snack @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

January 5 – Teen Writers @ River Valley District 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.

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
April’s boyfriend is slipping into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters—and the ones in his head?

The House by Christina Lauren
When Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown after years in boarding school, not much has changed, including outcast Gavin. She falls for him, and the strange old house he lives in. But something in there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
You know the Chosen Ones? The ones who fight zombies and ghosts and are the heroes of the stories? Mikey’s not one of those. He just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Faceless by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Maisie was a runner, a girlfriend, a good student…a normal girl. But when a terrible accident results in her needing a face transplant, she discovers how much her looks did—and didn’t—shape her relationship to the world, she has to redefine her own identity, and figure out what “lucky” really means.

No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones
Eddie thinks nothing ever changes in his small, boring town. But then Scarlett shows up on his bus, a stranger who is oddly familiar. When he starts to follow her, he discovers she is a Senior Echo Time Agent from the future, come to his town to investigate the origin of time travel, which started right in his boring town and somehow involves his long-dead mother.


Next Week

Thursday & Friday, December 31 & January 1

The Moline Public Library will be closed in observance of The New Year Holiday.


A Librarian Reads…

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver were born just hours apart and were next door neighbors and best friends. Until the day in second grade when Oliver’s father picked him up from school and never brought him home. For ten years, Emmy has missed her best friend and dreamed of the day he would come home. And then he does. But they aren’t seven anymore, and can’t just pick up where they left off. As they get to know each other again it’s clear their relationship has changed. Can they be friends again? Or maybe something more?

Fans of romance may be disappointed, but the friendship between Emmy, Oliver, and their other two best friends is strong and true. Recommended for high school and up.


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Featured Series

His Fair Assassin by Robin Lafevers

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

1) Grave Mercy

2) Dark Triumph

3) Mortal Heart