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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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 Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor, Book One)
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change. In a tower a thousand stories tall, five teenagers find themselves caught up in each other’s lives in a world full of technology, glamour, greed, and lies.

In-between Days by Vikki Wakefield
When Jacklin (aka “Jack”) drops out of school and moves in with her sister, she thinks she’s finally in control of her own destiny. But when she loses her job and her boyfriend, Jack isn’t sure of anything. As she tries to find her place in the world and falls in love (twice), Jack comes to realize it isn’t finding your path that’s hard, it’s taking the first step in the right direction.

Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
Business has been slow at Megan’s job at a Chicago ghost tour company. When she realizes that her boss isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by killing people there, she doesn’t quit her job. Until she learns she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, and the next ghost on the tour might be her.

The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond
After Lucie’s brother was killed by Nazis she volunteered at the Office of Strategic Services in Washington. She expected a desk job. Instead she was tapped to join the Clandestine Operations. Now she’s out to track down and interrogate a Nazi traitor about a weapon that threatens to wipe out all of Western Europe.

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
For the last twenty-five years every teenager in Ireland has been subject to “the call” which takes them away to the land of the Sídhe, where they are hunted for twenty four hours (though only three minutes pass in this world)–handicapped by her twisted legs, Nessa Doherty knows that very few return alive, but she is determined to be one of them.

Next Week

Monday, October 17 @ 6:00 p.m.
Try out MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet. Open to students in grades 4-8.

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…

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith

When Jude gets the call that her best friend, Maggie, has committed suicide, she knows it’s a lie. Maggie was beautiful, rich, confident, and a drama queen–but never suicidal. Jude is determined to discover the truth, and everyone is a suspect. Starting with Maggie’s closest friends, she digs into every possible angle, angering and alienating a lot of people along the way. Who did Maggie sleep with the night she died? Why is one of their friends wearing Maggie’s grandmother’s pearl necklace? How many other secrets was she keeping? Jude is looking for answers about Maggie’s death, but what she finds are answers to questions she never knew she had about Maggie’s life.

Recommended for mature fans of mystery in high school and up.


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Featured Series

Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After being saved by an immortal warrior, Nick Gautier — a scrappy, caustic teen from New Orleans — confronts his dark destiny. This action-packed series is filled with humorous one-liners, as Nick battles zombies, demons and other supernatural creatures, while also experiencing the usual high school issues.

1) Infinity

2) Invincible

3) Infamous

4) Inferno

5) Illusion

6) Instinct

7) Invision