A Librarian Reads…

I Will Save You by Matt de la Pena

Kidd’s had a rough life. But this summer, things are looking up. He’s run away from his group home to take Mr. Red up on his offer of a job doing maintenance at a campsite. Red is like the father he wishes he’d had. Kidd even manages to get a dog and find a girl who seems to understand, and possibly even like him. But they don’t know the real him. The only person who knows all of Kidd’s secrets and failings is his former best friend. And when Devon shows up at the campsite, Kidd knows he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his new life from this reminder of his old one.

Haunting and emotionally taut, this thriller will keep you guessing and one the edge of your seat until the last page. Recommended for high school and up.


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Novels in Verse

Celebrate National Poetry Month with these fantastic novels in verse. Click on the title to get the call number or place a hold.

Freakboy by Kristin Clark
Told from three viewpoints, seventeen-year-old Brendan, a wrestler, struggles to come to terms with his place on the transgender spectrum while Vanessa, the girl he loves, and Angel, a transgender acquaintance, try to help.

One by Sarah Crossan
Despite problems at home, sixteen-year-old conjoined twins Tippi and Grace are loving going to school for the first time and making real friends when they learn that a cardiac problem will force them to have separation surgery, which they have never before considered.

Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the great canal.

Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank
Two very different girls bond while hospitalized for Crohn’s disease.

The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy by Marie Jaskulka
As her parents’ marriage falls apart, a girl whose poetry writing helps her survive meets a boy with family troubles of his own who has also turned to poetry, but their growing relationship eventually takes a darker turn.

Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen
In 1993 in New York City, high school senior Mira uncovers many secrets, including that her father has a male lover.

Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz
A novel in verse about the March 2011 tsunami that sent Japan into chaos, told from the point-of-view of Kai, a biracial teenaged boy.

Dating Down by Stefanie Lyons
Seventeen-year-old aspiring artist Samantha Henderson, eager to learn about life and to get away from her father’s political campaigns and her stepmother, refuses to give up on her new boyfriend, “X,” even after he proves to be trouble, damaging her friendships and introducing her to drugs.

Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips
While growing up in the 1960s, Laura uses art to cope with her mother’s mental illness.

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
In India, a girl who excels at Bharatanatyam dance refuses to give up after losing a leg in an accident.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Two girls forge a powerful friendship that carries them through horrific circumstances.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

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

March 30 – Early Release ActivitiesBettendorf Public Library

March 31 – Teen Gaming NightRock Island Public Library

April 1 – After School Young Adult HangoutBettendorf Public Library

April 4 – After School Young Adult HangoutBettendorf Public Library

April 5 – After School Young Adult HangoutBettendorf Public Library

April 5 – Geek & SnackDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 5 – Teen Movie: Star Wars VIIEast Moline 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.

Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers (Assassin’s Heart, Book One)
Lea is a member of one of the nine rival Families of assassins, until they are murdered and her home burned to the ground. She is sure the Da Vias are to blame. But she blames herself as well. Her secret relationship with the Da Vias’s son clouded her judgment. Now it is up to her to find vengeance.

Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey
Harriet has never felt out of place being a donor-conceived child. But when her boyfriend and best friend both leave her behind, she starts to wonder if there isn’t someone else out there for her. Like maybe some half-siblings. So she sets out to find them, and maybe herself.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
When Evie finds out her deceased mom had a secret life in England before she was born, she travels there to find out more. She also finds Edmund, a real life prince charming. But truths can be painful, both the ones about her mother and the ones about princes and commoners.

Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby
Tallie has been trying for months to ignore the fact that her brother is gone. But when she sees a letter in the mail with the words “organ donor” on it her walls start to crumble. She didn’t even know her brother was a donor, but she’s sure that if she can track down the people on the other end of that letter she can have him back in some small way.

Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell
When Gwen’s mother drags her to London to escape the monsters she believes are hunting them, she thinks she’ll at least make the best of it with her best friend Olivia, who is with them for the summer. But when they are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

Next Week

Monday, March 28 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Beginner LEGO Robotics series introduces students in grades 5-12 to building and programming the LEGO EV3 Core sets. Call 309-524-2470 to see if spots are still open.

A Librarian Reads…

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

When Aristotle and Dante meet in the summer of 1987 they become fast friends. As they get to know each other, they start to understand themselves and their places within their families and the world a little bit more as well. Just as it seems they’ve finally connected, Dante announces his family is moving to Chicago for a year. And also, that he’s in love with Ari. The time apart allows Ari to consider what to do with that information while at the same time trying to dig up family secrets involving his older brother, dodge the attention of two girls who want to know everything about his life, and pursue an older girl. When Dante comes back, Ari just wants to be his friend and pretend nothing has changed. But change is inevitable, and sooner or later Ari has to make a decision.

Aristotle and Dante are impossible not to love, and their friendship is realistic and heartbreaking. Recommended for high school and up.


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Featured Series

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally’s best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.

1) Uglies 

2) Pretties 

3) Specials 

4) Extras