Next Week

Thursday, October 5 @ 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. Grades 6-12.

The Annual Teen Reading Challenge runs October 1-21. Students in grades 6 through 12 can keep track of how many minutes they read during the Challenge dates. Read at least 250 minutes and get a prize and an invitation to the Final Party on Friday, October 27 at the Davenport Library Fairmount Branch. Keep reading to be entered into drawings for even more prizes. See your local library to pick up a Challenge Log or print one out here.

A Librarian Reads…

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh

Nattie is just an average girl. She’s got a solid group of friends through her school’s gay-straight alliance club, a loving family, and she’s a whiz at Latin. So who cares if she’s only been almost-kissed twice in her life? Once was by her friend Zach the Anarchist (not to be confused with Tall Zach). The other was by Sebastian Delacroix. Then Zach got a girlfriend and Sebastian graduated and moved away. Only now Zach is single again, and Sebastian’s band has just released a hit single called Natalie. Nattie is sure the song is about her, and after seeing Sebastian at a concert he starts messaging her. But for some reason she really doesn’t want Zach to know about the song. Or Sebastian. Or the messages. As Nattie helps her best friend Tess prepare to throw the school’s first absolutely inclusive dance, her life begins to spiral out of control.

Funny and authentic, this book is recommended for readers in eighth grade and up who like romance, comedy, music, and conjugating Latin verbs.

 

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Featured Series

Defiance Trilogy by C. J. Redwine

When Rachel’s father goes missing on a mission, her attempt to escape their walled city-state and find him brings danger, heartbreak, and a new romance with her father’s apprentice.

1) Defiance

2) Deception

3) Deliverance

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 27 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 27 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 28 – Tween/Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

September 28 – Cupcake School @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

September 28 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 28 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

September 30 – Movie Matinee: Captain Underpants @ East Moline Public Library

September 30 – Paranormal Investigation @ East Moline Public Library

September 30 – Showtime at Silvis: U-pick, We play! @ Silvis Public Library

October 2 – Stop Motion Movie Making @ River Valley District Library

October 3 – Board Game Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

October 3 – Jolly Rancher Readers @ Silvis Public Library

October 3 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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.

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat
Vicky has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, noticed only by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. When Jenna moves away, Vicky’s isolation becomes unbearable. So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people’s pictures. Instantly, she begins to get followers and a whole new life. As she realizes she’s not the only one who feels #alone and #ignored in real life, she will have to decide whether to keep up the game or live her own life.

Vigilante by Kady Cross
Hadley should be starting senior year alongside her best friend, Magda. But after being raped at a party and then humiliated, Magda took her own life and Hadley is left alone, devastated, and angry. So she decides to get justice. She goes after each of the guys, planning to strip them of their dignity and social status the way they did to Magda.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Gender fluid Sal wants to be more than a highway robber. When they hear about auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen’s personal assassins named for the rings she wears—Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal—they know it’s a chance for a new life. Can Sal, with a childhood as a common criminal compete in a fight to the death?

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens, including the charming James, to keep her grounded. Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Suzette is home in Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, and she isn’t sure if she’ll go back. She’s missed her friends and family, including her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. When she finds herself falling for the same girl her brother is in love with, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself—or worse.

Next Week

Tuesday, September 26 @ 3:30
Join us in the library’s lobby for a Celebration of Hispanic Culture. We’ll have fun inspired by the incredible 2017 IL Reads pick The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. There will be traditional crafts for all ages to enjoy, and food samplings provided by La Primavera in Moline, IL.

A Librarian Reads…

Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father by Jonathan Hennessey

Alexander Hamilton is getting a lot of attention lately. If you’ve wanted to know more but don’t want to pick up a dense history book, this is the answer for you. This graphic history puts Hamilton’s life and achievements into the context of world and American history, the way the world influenced Hamilton, and how he influenced America. It is both informative and entertaining.

Recommended for fans of Hamilton, the American Revolution, and history in general in middle school and up.

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The YA Book Prize

The YA Book Prize, presented by The Bookseller magazine in the United Kingdom, is a new award for UK and Irish YA books.

The winner of the 2017 YA Book Prize is Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

Other titles on the 2017 short list were:

  • Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  • Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman
  • The Graces by Laure Eve
  • How Not To Disappear by Clare Furniss
  • Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
  • The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Riverkeep by Martin Stewart
  • Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 21 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 21 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

September 21 – Cupcake School @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

September 25 – Teen Fandom Book Club @ Davenport Public Library (Main)

September 20 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 20 – Money Management 101 @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 21 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 22 – Teen Game Night @ River Valley District Library

September 23 – Movie Matinee: A Monster Calls @ East Moline Public Library

September 25 – Gamers Club @ Robert R. Jones Public Library

September 26 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

 

Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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.

Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White
One minute, Everly had what seemed like a perfect life. The next thing she knew her boyfriend had dumped her—for her best friend. Now utterly alone, she finds herself in therapy, where she meets Gabe. A new relationship is the last thing on her mind, but she can’t deny her attraction to Gabe and the way he really understands her. But is she willing to risk her heart again?

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta (Shimmer and Burn, Book One)
Faris has always taken care of her sister, Cadence, as they grew up in the slums of Brindaigel. So when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and sold into slavery, Faris will do anything to save her. She makes a deal with Princess Bryn to smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea. Along the way the meet the handsome traveling magician, North, who offers to protect them. But even North can’t protect Faris from Bryn’s cruelty and deceit.

Goodnight, Boy by Nikki Sheehan
When JC was adopted after surviving the Hatian earthquake that destroyed his old life, he thought he’d be getting a new, better one in return. Instead he finds himself locked in a kennel with his dog Boy as his only companion. His adoptive mother Melanie tries to help, but JC earns his father’s wrath and is banished once more to the kennel. JC realizes it is up to him to save himself and Boy before it’s too late.

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast (The Nahx Invasions, Book One)
Eighth’s only job is to protect his Offside while she kills the humans. When she is killed, he has no idea what to do. Raven was at camp when the Nahx invaded, and sheltering in place and staying safe seemed like a good idea…at first. When a Nahx kills her boyfriend she knows she has to act. When Eighth and Raven find each other, they should be enemies. But trusting each other might be the only way for either to survive.

Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens
Billie, the tomboy preacher’s daughter of the preacher, doesn’t fit the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’s happy enough to hang out with Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.