A Librarian Reads…

Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (The Red Queen’s War Trilogy, Book One)

“I’m a liar and a cheat and a coward, but I will never, ever, let a friend down. Unless of course not letting them down requires honesty, fair play, or bravery.”  – Jalan Kendeth, Prince of Red March

The Red Queen is one of the most feared monarchs of the broken empire. More imposing than the armies at her command is her formidable will. She will do anything, pay any cost, to win the secret war that she has been waging behind the scenes for decades. The Dead King and his necromancers are her most recent opponents in this conflict and she knows, with the help of her sister and closest advisor, a half blind, mute witch known as the Silent Sister, that things will only be getting worse from here.

Her grandson, Jalan, tenth in line for the throne and completely content with his role as minor royalty, wants none of it. Jalan holds no greater aspirations in life then to spend as much of that life drinking, gambling and seducing women as is possible. His terrifying grandmother and her even more terrifying sister can keep their secrets and their wars so long as he can keep his comfy life and his rooms at the palace. Unfortunately for him, the Silent Sister and fate have other plans in mind.

Whether  carefully orchestrated by powers greater than himself or by accident, Prince Jalan soon finds his life inexplicably intertwined (and magically linked) with a massive Viking man, Snorri Snagason – honest, kind, brave and, for some strange reason, fond of Jalan – and the two soon find that they have become very active pawns on the Red Queen’s chessboard.

A great fantasy book, with a well-built world that reveals itself a little bit at a time, but its true strength is its portrayal of the two main characters; polar opposites that somehow manage to form an effective and entertaining team. Snorri makes you want to be a better person. Jalan, who would be infuriating with his selfish cowardice if he weren’t so open about it (going so far as to advocate it as a way of life), makes you feel like you are a better person. Recommended for older high schoolers that enjoy fantasy with antiheroes and/or odd-couple pairings.

‒ Review submitted by Zach B.


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Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 29 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 30 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 30 – Anime Club @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 1 – Sports Crafts & Cookies @ East Moline Public Library

July 2 – Water Balloon Hot Potato @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 5 – YA Movie: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies @ Silvis Public Library

July 5 – Dungeons & Dragons & Donuts @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 5 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf 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.

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
Julie heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses, hoping for her life to change. But it isn’t enough, so she ditches them for the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras and meets Miles. When a hurricane hits the town, however, Julie will have face reality or risk losing everything.

The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole
After the accident, Scott is in a coma and Taylor’s memory is fuzzy. But she does remember telling him she was pregnant, his proposal, and that she tried to break up with him. More important, when Scott wakes up, will he?

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
Maguire is bad luck, and no charms or good luck rituals have managed to stop the disasters that follow her. So she hides in her room and avoids everyone. But then she meets Jordy, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. The more she grows to like him, the more she knows to stay away, for his own sake. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

Alice and the Fly by James Rice
Greg has a lot of problems. But he’s getting better, thanks to Miss Hayes. She thinks a traumatic incident may to be blame, and Greg has plenty to choose from. But which one is causing the phobias? As he writes a letter to Alice, whom Greg has always loved from afar, he works to figure it all out.

Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer
Liberty is happy to go live with her granny in Kentucky after her mother is arrested in a violent political protest. She’s looking forward to being a normal girl. But things have changed in Ebbottsville. The water is orange and people are sick. Despite her resolve, Liberty investigates the coal mine, but when all she finds are secrets, lies and threats, she begins to see that her mother’s way might be the best one after all.

Next Week

The Summer Reading Program runs June 4 through July 30, 2016. Keep track of how much you read to receive prizes and enter drawings. Sign up for great programs all summer long. Register at the library or online.

Vote for your favorite series in our Tournament of Books. Entries due July 2 for a chance to win a prize. Check back each week for the new bracket.

Monday, June 27 @ 6:00 p.m.
Students ages 11-18 can test their skills in a variety of fun events for a chance to win prizes at the Library Olympics. Call 309-524-2470 to register.

Wednesday, June 29 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming, featuring a variety of video games, board games, and other activities. Compete against other libraries in a League of Legends tournament starting at 3:00 p.m. Drop in any time. No registration required.

A Librarian Reads…

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

When Bartimaeus is summoned by yet another human being who expects the djinni to do his bidding, he doesn’t expect it to be anything other than the usual. His first surprise is that his new master is a young boy. The second is that this kid is actually more powerful than most of the adults who have summoned him. Things get even more interesting when he is ordered to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from one of the most powerful magicians in London and encounters no end of difficulties in performing his task.

This first book in the Bartimaeus trilogy introduces us to a world where magic and technology go together hand in hand, and magicians are considered the upper class, the only ones who can hold political office, and almost always vain and corrupt. Bartimaeus and Nathaniel take turns narrating, letting you see both sides of their stories. Recommended for junior high and up.

Be sure to check out The Golem’s Eye and Ptolemy’s Gate also.


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Featured Series

Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

When Kaylee Cavanaugh finds herself with an ability to know when people near her are about to die, she turns to hot senior Nash for help, and together they investigate when several of their classmates die for no apparent reason.

(1) My Soul to Take

(2) My Soul to Save

(3) My Soul to Keep

(4) My Soul to Steal