A Librarian Reads…

Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci

It’s 1932, and Pearl Plankette can’t live at home anymore. She swears her father has beaten her for the very last time. But she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Life is hard for everyone during the great depression, but for a girl on her own it’s practically impossible. When she steals some clothes off a line, Pearls is only trying to get warm. But it ends up being her ticket to freedom. She meets up with a hobo named Ramshackle, who mistakes her for a boy. Pearl doesn’t correct him, and pretty soon the two are hitting the road and hopping trains. Eventually Pearls takes on the name Soupy and starts to think she may have found her place. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he’ll need Soupy just as much as she needs him.

This graphic novel about the hard life of hobos during the Great Depression is sprinkled with hope, the power of friendship, and the importance of being true to yourself. Recommended for middle school and up.

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Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2018 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

The Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

I Will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Beneath by Roland Smith

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan

Last in a Long Line of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 19 – Build a Better Deck: Magic the Gathering 101 @ Bettendorf Public Library

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

July 19 – Pinterest by Design @ River Valley District Library

July 20- Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 20 – Cooking Class @ Silvis Public Library

July 20 – Teen Disney Movie Night @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 21 – Teen Tie Dye @ Rock Island Public Library (Southwest)

July 21 – Showtime at Silvis: Fern Gully @ Silvis Public Library

July 21 – Stop Motion Movie Maker @ River Valley District Library

July 24 – Build a Better Code: Scratch Programming @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 25 – Tabletop RPG @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 25 – Teen Magic Battles @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

July 25 – Jolly Rancher Readers @ 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 catalog to find the book or place a hold.

House of Furies by Madeleine Roux (House of Furies, Book One)
After escaping her harsh school, Louisa is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But the house’s owner and his unusual staff are executing their own justice on those who are past being saved. Including Lee, who is charismatic and kind. Louisa wants to save him, but figuring out what is real and what is just may be harder than she thought.

The Possible by Tara Altebrando
Kaylee’s birth mother, Crystal, was the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers. Then she killed Kaylee’s little brother in a fit of rage and was sent to prison for life. Now a reporter is offering Kaylee a chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. Is Kaylee ready to know the truth—the whole truth—about her mother?

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
Tanner was recruited by Bannerman Prep for his debate team skills. It’s his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future. But when he’s paired with the Duke, a quintessential playboy, Tanner’s plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. Will Tanner be able to resist the flashy world the Duck is offering?

Antisocial by Jillian Blake
During her las semester of high school, Anna’s boyfriend dumps her, and the friends she abandoned for him won’t have her back. But she’s not the only one having problems. Someone is hacking all the popular kids’ phones and leaking personal messages and photos. It’s funny at first, until dark secrets are exposed and lives are shattered.

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret by Misa Sugiura
Sana has too many secrets, and the biggest one is that she might have a crush on her best friend. When her family moves to California she begins to wonder if it’s finally time for some honesty, especially after she meets the beautiful Jamie. Telling the truth might be hard, but living with it might be even harder.

Next Week

The Moline Public Library’s Summer Reading Program runs through July 29. Stop by the library to register and pick up your reading logs. Students in grades 6-12 will get prizes at three levels of 500 pages or minutes each, and can keep going for entries into the grand prize drawing.

Wednesday, July 19 @ 2:00-4:00
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming every Wednesday. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and other activities.

Monday, July 24 @ 6:00
Students ages 11-18 can use shells, driftwood, and rocks to create cool Seaside Crafts. Create Sharpie Shells, Rock Mandalas, and more. Registration requested but not required.

A Librarian Reads…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

There are the kids that things happen to. The ones who fall in love with vampires, find out they are The Chosen One, save the world. This book isn’t about them. It’s about the rest of us, whose lives go on despite everything. Mikey and his friends are just trying to make it through their senior year and escape their town. Their biggest concerns are writing history essays, dealing with crazy parents, and hoping the Indie kids don’t blow up the school before graduation. Sure, there’s something freaky going on—people dying, deer with glowing blue eyes, cops that aren’t really people. But those aren’t their problems. Dealing with an alcoholic father, a mother running for office, a lifelong crush on his friend. These are Mikey’s problems. And trust me, they’re big enough.

In addition to the humorous perspective of the outsider, this book offers a genuinely touching story about people trying to make their way in the world. Recommended for high school and up.

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Featured Series

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

1) Howl’s Moving Castle

2) Castle in the Air

3) House of Many Ways