Next Week

Thursday, April 21 @ 6:30 p.m.
Teens who entered the Poetry Contest are invited to a Poetry Café and Awards Ceremony. Everyone will have a chance to read their poems for friends and family while enjoying snacks.

A Librarian Reads…

The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty

Bindy Mackenzie is a top student, exceptional employee, devoted daughter, and a great friend. And she has the files to back this up. She records everything. So when she is assigned to a “Friendship and Development” class that will not only take away time from her real studies, but puts her in the middle of a group of poisonous students, she is sure to gather all the evidence about the situation to make her case to the Board of Studies. And a good thing, too. Because something odd is happening to Bindy. She is tired and sick, sees weird things, and becomes obsessed with the word Cincinnati. Is someone trying to murder Bindy Mackenzie? Her FAD group has only her notes to try to figure it all out before it’s too late.

While a bit of a slow start, the unique format consisting of diary entries, memos, transcripts, etc. is interesting and engaging, and the mystery will keep you guessing. Recommended for high school and up.


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Featured Series

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Fourteen-year-old Miri, too small to work at the quarry like everyone else, struggles to prove herself to her father. She receives her chance when the prince announces he will choose his bride, and Miri is sent to an isolated school to learn the skills and values needed if chosen. There, she discovers her special ability to protect herself and fellow schoolmates.

1) Princess Academy

2) Palace of Stone

3) The Forgotten Sisters

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 13 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 13 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 14 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 15 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 18 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 19 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 19 – Geek & Craft @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 19 – YA Pinterest Craft Night @ Silvis 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.

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
The spheres appeared one day, offering people a way to improve their lives. Sully deals in common spheres, barely keeping himself alive. But when he finds an incredibly rare sphere, one worth more than anything seen before, he has a chance to really make it. But the spheres hold their own secrets—and dangers.

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Now, with a mechanical arm and a foul-mouthed tough exterior, she’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

Riders by Veronica Rossi (Riders, Book One)
All Gideon ever wanted was to become a U.S. Army Ranger. But when he wakes up from the accident that most definitely killed him, he finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse, destined to save humanity from an ancient evil.

The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere, Book One)
Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination. If he has a map, he can get there. But he is obsessed with just one map, the one that will reunite him with Nix’s mother.

The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos
When Imogene’s father, writer of famous medical mysteries, goes missing, she thinks she knows where he’s gone—to find her mother who walked out when Imogene was just a baby. Armed with the knowledge and skills she’s learned from her books, she sets out to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.


Next Week

Tuesday, April 12 @ 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Anime Club is open to teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 who love anime, manga, and all things Japanese. Drop by to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and make new friends.

A Librarian Reads…

Coaltown Jesus by Ron Koertge

It’s been two months since Walker’s brother Noah died, and all he wants is for someone to help his mother be less sad. So he prays. And Jesus shows up. As Walker and Jesus go about town, eating ice cream, playing basketball, and talking to people, Walker opens up about what happened to Noah. Not just how he died, but how he lived—and the effect of his life on those around him. Walker wishes Jesus would just hurry up and fix his mom, but the Lord works in mysterious ways.

This short novel in verse takes a unique view of what Jesus might be like today. The lives of Walker and his family are explored with sympathy and sensitivity. Recommended for junior high and up.


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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Click on the title to get the call number or place a hold.

Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais
Promised to each other before they were born, Cadence and Sphinxie, separated after he deliberately cut her face, are drawn back together at age sixteen, but Cadence is even less stable mentally and Sphinxie, sweet, plain, and attracted to his brilliance, tries to be loyal but fears for her life.

Paint Me a Monster by Janie Baskin
Rinnie relates a childhood marked by privilege but also abuse, which steadily increases after her parents’ divorce and remarriages, emotionally crippling Rinnie until a school counselor helps her begin to heal.

These Gentle Wounds by Helene Dunbar
Fifteen-year-old Gordie is trying to build a new life after tragically losing his family, but when his abusive father returns, Gordie must confront the traumas of the past.

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
Enduring a difficult existence in the woods with her younger sister and the mentally ill mother who abducted them, fourteen-year-old Cary is found by her father and thrust into a perplexing new world that is overshadowed by a painful secret about her sister’s silence.

Still Waters by Ash Parsons
High-schooler Jason, who lives with a drunk, abusive father at home, hopes to earn enough money to escape with his younger sister, Janie, by being tough at school, but the stakes grow ever more dangerous and soon even his fists and ability to think on his feet are not enough to keep his head above water.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder, but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what.

Stronger than You Know by Jolene B. Perry
After fifteen years of horrific abuse and neglect by her mother and her mother’s boyfriends, Joy struggles to understand and accept a normal life with relatives, at school, and with a boyfriend.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

What Comes After by Steve Watkins
When her veterinarian father dies, sixteen-year-old Iris Wight must move from Maine to North Carolina where her Aunt Sue spends Iris’s small inheritance while abusing her physically and emotionally, but the hardest to take is her mistreatment of the farm animals.

Around Town

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.

Of Better Blood by Susan Moger
It’s 1922 and Rowan has survived polio, and happy to be alive despite her handicap. She’s even been recruited to play the role of a cripple in a county fair eugenics exhibit. But not everyone agrees with the state laws that promote perfection. When Dorchy befriends Rowan and helps her see her inner beauty and strength, the two decide to try to save the other children and make a truly better world for everyone.

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (Charlotte Holmes, Book One)
Jamie Watson isn’t exactly thrilled about going to Sherringford prep school, not least because of Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar. And despite the energy between them they seem destined to be rivals—until a student dies under suspicious circumstances and Jamie and Charlotte are framed for murder.

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he’s trapped—and why. He shot and killed Derek’s little brother. Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn’t deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother’s killer is the only way to the truth, than he’ll go to extremes. They both want the truth, but that truth may be more than they can handle.

Secret of the Seeds by Kate Muus
Ceres is being girl forced to live with her aunt and uncle for the summer. An expected death leads to an unexpected heirloom: seeds that turn her and the farmhand, Bry, into fugitives, running from a company that would do anything to destroy the knowledge of their existence.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Dill, the only son of a Pentecostal minister, has to handle vipers both as part of his father’s religion and in the form of bullies at school. He and his fellow outcast friends just want to make it through senior year. But will their diverging paths mean the end of their friendship?