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 to find the book or place a hold.

For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Jace Palmer died for three minutes. And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
With her mama recently dead and her father long gone, Amelia finds herself in charge of her younger brother and sister, and of the family gas station. To keep the greedy Harley Blevins from taking over the store, and her family out of foster care, Melia must come up with a father, and fast.

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
Even though Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, she agrees to play straight when her radio evangelist father moves them to conservative Rome, Georgia. Things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. Should she honor her father’s wishes? Or follow her heart?

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith
When Jude’s best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. Now everyone is a suspect–family and friends alike. As Jude searches for the truth, she finds that everyone has secrets, even herself.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Next Week

Wednesday, November 2 @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Head to the library after your early out for After School Gaming. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games.

Thursday, November 3 @ 3:30 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…

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is an outsider in so many ways. She is Nigerian by birth, born in America, now living back in Nigeria. Even though she speaks Igbo, her fellow students consider her an “akata,” not truly one of them. She’s a better student than most and plays soccer even though she’s a girl. But what sets her apart the most is her skin. As an albino, Sunny has never been accepted, not even by her own father. Even when she discovers she has magic powers, she is still on the outside. Because her parents are “Lambs” (non-magic people), Sunny is not a true Leopard Person, but a “Free Agent.” As she and her friends race to learn everything they can in order to stop a serial killer, Sunny will have to find out where she fits in and find her own kind of strength.

This book is set in Nigeria, offering a glimpse into a world we don’t often get to see. Recommended for middle school and up.

 

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Featured Series

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Rory, a girl in witness protection, thinks the serial killer she turned in has found her and is killing people around her. But as she investigates, she discovers a dark, disturbing truth about her new hometown.

1) Shadowlands 

2) Hereafter 

3) Endless 

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 26 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 26 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 27 – Horror Scavenger Hunt @ Rock Island Public Library

October 27 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 28 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 29 – NaNoWriMo Launch Party @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 29 – Movie: Trolland @ East Moline Public Library

October 31 – Minecraft Mondays @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

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

November 1 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ 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 to find the book or place a hold.

Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Chelsea is so many things—an avid musical lover, gifted singer, and she has the most perfect, beautiful feet. But all anyone ever notices is her weight. So she tries to stay under the radar. But when Melody comes into her life, Chelsea starts to find the confidence to enjoy her life.

Scary Out There by Jonathan Maberry (Editor)
What scares you? Things that go bump in the night? Being irreversibly different? A brutal early death? The unknown? This collection contains stories and poetry by renowned writers about what they fear most.

Poppy by Mary Hooper (Poppy, Book One)
Poppy is fifteen, beautiful and clever, and has no future in 1914 England except to become a servant at the big house. She promises to keep out of trouble, but she never expected to fall in love with someone, especially someone who could never marry a girl like her. And no one expected the war that would bring out the best and worst in everyone.

Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger
Lorna was the undisputed leader of her group of friends. But when she is lost at sea during a storm, Jack, Lucas and Finn aren’t sure how they work without her. Jackie is still hiding her feelings for Finn, who had been Lorna’s boyfriend, and Lucas has withdrawn to the point where Jackie wonders if he is keeping a secret even larger than her own.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (Brooklyn Brujas, Book One)
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, she performs a spell to rid herself of her power, but it backfires and her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland.

Next Week

The Teen Reading Challenge ends October 22. Be sure to turn in your Challenge Log by October 27 to get your prize and be entered into the drawings. The final party will be on Friday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Rock Island Public Library.

A Librarian Reads…

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart

Ben has lost a lot lately. His dad just died, his mother is struggling to make ends meet, and they might lose their apartment anyway. But the scratchy, horrible toilet paper his mom has started buying in place of his favorite plan is almost more than Ben can bear. Luckily, they have a plan. His mom is close to passing her CPA exam, and then she’ll get a great job. And Ben is just sure he’s going to win a big prize in one of the many sweepstakes he enters. But life doesn’t always go according to plan.

Recommended for middle school and up.

 

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The National Book Award

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

 

2016 Young People’s Literature Longlist:

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Artist)

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen (Illustrator)

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon [due out November 1]

 

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 19 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 20 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 20 – Tween & Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Main)

October 21 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 21 – Teen Zombie Party @ River Valley District Library

October 24 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 24 – Minecraft Mondays @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 25 – Teen Fun on Early Release @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

 

Students in grades 6-12 can participate in the annual Teen Reading Challenge. Keep track of how much you read from October 2-22 to compete against other Quad City area libraries and win prizes. Challenge Logs must be turned in by October 27! A final party will take place at the Rock Island Public Library on Friday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. for everyone who reads at least 250 minutes. Stop by the library to pick up your Challenge Log or print one out here.

 

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