Teen Thrillers

Looking for page-turning thrills and nail-biting action…without the monsters and magic? Try some of these great titles.


The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong

Need by Joelle Charbonneau

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon (PersefoneTrilogy, Book One)

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider, Book One)

Shackled by Tom Leveen

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (Outliers, Book One)

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

Unrivaled by Alyson Noël (Beautiful Idols, Book One)

Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy (Divided We Fall Trilogy, Book One)

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (Perfectionists, Book One)

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith (Escape From Furnace, Book One)

H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education by Mark Walden (H.I.V.E., Book One)

Variant by Robison Wells

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff (Unknown Assassin, Book One)

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

August 31 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

August 31 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 1 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 2 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 6 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 6 – YA Book Club: All American Boys @ 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

Tell Us Something True by Dana Reinhardt
When his girlfriend breaks up with him, River takes to walking the streets of L.A. He stumbles upon a support group for teens with various addictions and fakes his way into the meetings. As he begins to connect with the other kids, especially an amazing girl, River wants to tell the truth, but his tangle of deception may unravel before he learns how.

The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes
Sarah is thrilled to be at the party of the year with the most popular boy in school. But when they trash the place, which turns out to be the cottage museum of renowned poet, Rufus Baylor, she finds herself stuck in a summer poetry class…with Baylor as their teacher. But maybe it’s a blessing in disguise as Sarah starts to see her relationships and the world in a new light.

A World Without You by Beth Revis
Bo can travel through time and attends Berkshire Academy, a school for kids with superpowers. There he falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. But he accidentally loses her in the past and can’t find his way back to her. Or maybe he’s delusional, at a school for troubled youth, and Sofia really did commit suicide like they say…

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Ravenspire, Book One)
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission—kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, Prince Kol s suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom when his father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres. And he needs Lorelai’s help.

Signs of You by Emily France
Riley lost her mother two years ago, but finds comfort in her grief support group with friends Jay, Kate, and Noah. When Riley thinks she spots her mother shopping in a grocery store, she fears she is suffering some sort of post-traumatic stress. But Jay and Kate report similar experiences. Then Noah disappears, and the friends find themselves drawn into a mystery about the afterlife.

Next Week

Thursday, September 1 @ 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The Teen Advisory Group is your chance to help plan programs and events for teens, recommend new books and materials for the library, earn service credits, make friends, and have fun.

A Librarian Reads…

Feed by M.T. Anderson

When Titus and his friends head to the moon for spring break, they’re just hoping to have a good time. The moon turns out to kind of suck, but things look up when he meets Violet, a strange quiet girl who always seems to be just slightly apart from things. But then the unthinkable happens. While dancing at a club, a hacker disrupts their feed. The feed is everything, hardware in their brains that lets them chat and shop and watch anything they want at a single thought. What’s more, the feed shows them what’s cool, what they should be wearing, what they should be buying, what they should be thinking. Luckily, they’re only shut down for a couple of days, and everything goes back to normal. Only, for Violet it doesn’t. She wants to resist the feed, says it’s made everyone stupid and compliant. Titus knows Violet is smarter than him, but she also just doesn’t understand that this is just the way things are.

Fans of dystopian novels will love this chilling look at the way things could become. Recommended for high school and an up.


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Featured Series

Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood

In an alternate New England of 1900, where the Brotherhood dominates and controls society, sixteen-year-old Cate Cahill has struggled since her mother’s death to keep secret that she and her younger sisters are witches, but when a governess arrives from the Sisterhood, everything changes.

1) Born Wicked

2) Star Cursed

3) Sisters’ Fate

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

Black River Falls by Jeff Hirsch
A mysterious virus has spread through Black River, sparing lives but taking memories and leaving it quarantined by the military. Cardinal escaped the virus and chosen to remain in the Quarantine Zone, living in a mountain camp with the town’s former bully and looking after orphaned kids. But a mysterious young woman and private corporation threaten even that meager existence.

Unplugged by Donna Freitas (The Wired, Book One)
Humanity is split into the App World and the Real World—an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy and a dying physical world for the poor. Skylar’s family sent her to the App World for a chance at a better life, but she’s a virtual nobody who just wants to get home. When the borders between worlds suddenly close, Skye will do anything to reach her family.

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
Harper is ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift in New York City. There’s just one problem—she’s actually never dated. She’s gotten by so far using her best friend’s experiences, but now she’ll have to learn on the job as she finds out what it takes to fall in love in the Big City.

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Nicolette was the girl everyone liked, who could get away with anything. Jack was always a great guy despite his father’s reputation as a hit man and his brother’s time in prison. When a young woman is murdered, Nicolette disappears and Jack is forced into the family business to find her. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high.

Red Velvet Crush by Christina Meredith
Teddy Lee’s has been the forgotten middle child since her mother ran off when she was in second grade. When she finally takes the songs she’s written and forms a band, she thinks it might be her time to shine. Unless her little sister steals the spotlight like always.

Next Week

The Library will be closed on Thursday, August 25 for a Staff In-Service.

A Librarian Reads…

The Haunting of Apartment 101 by Megan Atwood (Paranormalists, Book One)

Jane was tired of being overlooked, especially since her best friend Jackson was one of the most popular kids at school. So a year ago she dyed her hair pink, changed her name to Jinx, and started a website dedicated to paranormal investigations. Jackson was eager to help out, but he has his own reasons—he hopes ghosts are real so he can make contact with his dead father. Unfortunately, the two have only had two cases so far, and they both turned out to be a bust. When popular Emily tells them her apartment is haunted, Jackson is eager to help, and even Jinx is intrigued enough to take the case. But she doesn’t trust Emily, which puts a strain on her friendship with Jackson. Something is definitely going on in apartment 101, but will Jinx and Jackson be able to trust each other enough to discover the truth?

Recommended for fans of mystery and the paranormal in middle school and up.


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