2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award


The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

David Levithan

David Levithan wins the 2016 Edwards Award for The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, Love is the Higher Law, How They Met, and Other Stories, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

David Levithan has given a voice to teens who often feel marginalized.  His work has allowed readers to experience life and love from many different perspectives.  While his stories are written with high literary quality, they are accessible and engaging to everyone who reads them.  He has been on the forefront of issues that are vital to teens; his writing shows teens the importance of inclusion and the acceptance of themselves and others just as they are.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…


April 20 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 20 – Early Release Activities @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – Teen College/Career Prep Night @ Rock Island Public Library

April 21 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – DIY Emoji Pillows @ East Moline Public Library

April 22 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

April 23 – 3D Doodlers @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 25 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 25 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – After School Young Adult Hangout Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – Teen Tuesday @ 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.


The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
When Aladdin releases Zahra from her jinni lamp, she finds herself in a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. The King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, but to do so she must betray Aladdin. Is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

Front Lines by Michael Grant (Soldier Girl, Book One)
It is 1942. World War II. But in this version, females subject to the draft and three girls sign up to fight. Each has her own reasons for volunteering. Not one expects to see actual combat. Not one expects to be on the front lines. Rio, Frangie, and Rainy will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race.

The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
Hanalee is the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. In 1920s Oregon she has almost no rights, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred. Now the young man who killed her father in a drunk-driving accident is getting out of jail. But he claims her father didn’t die from the accident—he was poisoned by the doctor. That doctor is now Hanalee’s new step-father.

The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller
When Elodie’s father reneges on a contract to collect a rare and valuable orchid, he risks debtor’s prison and Elodie and her sisters are threatened with to the orphanage and workhouse. Desperate to save her family, she convinces her father to complete his mission—with her by his side.

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor (Into The Dim, Book One)
When Hope’s mother dies in an earthquake overseas, she is sent to Scotland for the summer. There she discovers her mother was not only a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. On a mission to save her mother from the twelfth century where she is trapped, Hope meets a mysterious boy who could help her succeed, or be her undoing.

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



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