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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.

Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl
Bentley Royce has it all: fame, fortune, friends…Everything that comes with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family.

The Takedown by Corrie Wang
Kyla is perfectly happy being at the top of her exclusive high school’s food chain, and doesn’t care if anyone likes it or not. But when someone posts a video of her and a teacher “doing it” a week before college applications are due, she knows she needs to act. It doesn’t matter that it’s not really her in the video. She’ll have to dive into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers—and face her own role in it all—to clear her name.

Beck by Mal Peet & Meg Rosoff
The son of a poor young woman and an African soldier in the 1900s, Beck is soon orphaned and sent to the Catholic Brothers in Canada. Shipped to work on a farm, his escape takes him across the continent in a search for belonging. Enduring abuse and many hardships, Beck has times of comfort and encouragement, eventually finding Grace, the woman with whom he can finally forge his life and shape his destiny as a young man.

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray (Defy the Stars, Book One)
Noemi is a soldier, protecting her planet, Genesis. Abel is a machine, who has evolved and considered an abomination by the people of Genesis. They should be enemies, but when they are forced together on a journey they must work together to survive and protect the ones they care about.

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Gem has never had anyone to rely on, not even her parents. She’s spent most of her life taking care of her sister, Dixie. Even though they’ve grown apart as they’ve grown up, they’ve always had each other. Now their Dad is back, trying to become a part of their lives. When Gem takes off on an unexpected trip with Dixie, she discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep.

Next Week

Monday, May 22 @ 6:00 p.m.
Is school stressing you out? Wish you could go back to the good old days of kindergarten? You can! Students in grades 6-12 can to unwind and have a little fun at Kindergarten for Teens! Enjoy snacks, games, and coloring to help you get through the last couple weeks of school. No registration required.

Friday, May 26th @ 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6-12 are needed to help decorate the Teen Corner at a Summer Reading Decorating Party. Pizza will be provided, and registration is required by Thursday, May 25th.

A Librarian Reads…

A Toaster on Mars by Darnell Pitt 

Blake Carter is having a bad day. First he finds out the criminal mastermind he’s spent his career with Planetary Bureau of Investigation hunting has stolen a weapon that could destroy the Earth. Then he gets taken off the case, which naturally he ignores and follows a lead. Then he gets beaten half to death. Then he gets assigned a robot—excuse me, cyborg—as a partner. And to top it all if he gets a call from his ex-wife that their daughter is missing. Soon Blake finds himself caught up in a less-than-legal adventure to save his daughter, his career, and the whole planet.

Funny and irreverent, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy off-the wall science fiction like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Galaxy Quest. Recommended for high school and up.

 

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2017 Morris Award

Morris

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.  The award’s namesake is William C. Morris, an influential innovator in the publishing world and an advocate for marketing books for children and young adults. Bill Morris left an impressive mark on the field of children’s and young adult literature. He was beloved in the publishing field and the library profession for his generosity and marvelous enthusiasm for promoting literature for children and teens.

2017 Winner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
In a small southern town, senior year finds three misfit friends facing the prospect of their separate futures with both hope and dread. Dill fears he will never escape his snake-handling father’s poisonous legacy. However, Lydia, a fashion blogger, and Travis, a fantasy warrior, foresee hopeful futures.

2017 Finalists

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
Gender expansive Pen wants to be seen for who she is, not defined by her appearance. Her Portuguese parents want a traditional girl; her friend Colby treats her like one of the gamer guys. But it’s Blake who helps Pen learn to respect herself and “man up.”

Rani Patel In Full Effect by Sonia Patel
After a devastating family blowup, Rani, aka MC Sutra, shaves her head, stops hiding her love of writing dope rhymes, and attracts attention with her new look and rapping skills. Despite finding a community where she can express herself through poetry and rap, the years of abuse take their toll.

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Life in 1970s Alaska proves difficult for teens, native and non-native alike. In four distinct voices, Ruth, Alyce, Dora, and Hank express the heartbreak and tragedy altering their lives forever—poverty, unwanted pregnancy, death, and abuse. However, when their lives intertwine like invisible threads, each may receive a chance for redemption.

Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin
The Babcock sisters—brash Adrienne, faithful Marie, and shy Vanessa—spend their summer waiting while their mother slowly wastes away from leukemia. When shocking and devastating information about their mother’s illness surfaces, the girls turn to each other for the love and support they don’t find at home.

 

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 catalog to find the book or place a hold.

 

Speak of Me as I Am by Sonia Belasco
Melanie has lost her mother to cancer. Damon has lost his best friend to suicide. They each seek to find peace and answers through art. When they meet during their school’s production of Othello, they begin to discover who they truly are, both together and on their own. And maybe, how to to live their lives without completely letting go of their sadness.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer, Book One)
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around. Lazlo, who’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep since he was five years old, fears his dream chose poorly. When he’s presented with an opportunity to accompany a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, Lazlo can’t turn it down. What happened in Weep? Who is this Godslayer? The answers lie in Lazlo’s dreams.

Overturned by Lamar Giles
For five years, Nikki’s father has maintained his innocence despite being on death row. All Nikki cares about is getting out of Las Vegas and away from her past. To do so, she plays in illegal card games. When her dad is released without warning, he’s a changed man, intent on finding out who framed him—and why. Suddenly Nikki finds herself caught up in his deadly hunt for the truth, playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows
Quinn was a mean girl, a queen bee with a nasty streak who destroys anyone who gets in her way, including new stepsister Emma. Emma, a quiet geek girl, only wants to stay off the radar and get this girl out of her life. But when Quinn dies suddenly, Emma realizes there was more to her stepsister than anyone ever realized.

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott
As the daughter of professional assassins, Kaia knows true danger—and she’ll do anything to survive. When her parents vanish during a job, surviving means trying to blend in as an ordinary teenager. When she’s jumped by a hit man in front of her boyfriend Oliver, she flees their small town, taking Oliver with her. Can she protect him and uncover the mysteries of her past?