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


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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.

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.


Next Week

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A Librarian Reads…

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste 

Corinne has a pleasant life with her father and the small community on their isolated island home. She misses her mother, who died when she was very young, but feels connected to her through the necklace she left Corinne and the orange tree they planted together. When Corinne enters the Mahogany Forest to retrieve the necklace after it was taken by a pair of brothers, she has no idea that a powerful creature is waiting and watching. Corinne doesn’t believe in the jumbies said to haunt the forest, but when a mysterious woman shows up at her home, she realizes there is much more to the world than she could have imagined. Along with the brothers, Bouki and Malik, and a new friend Dru, Corinne must race to save her father, her home, and everyone she’s ever known from an evil and powerful force.

Based on Haitian folklore, this story introduces creatures sure to spend shivers down your spine and keep you turning the pages until the very end. Recommended for fans of culturally diverse and scary stories in grades 4 and up.

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Featured Series

Dispossessed by Page Morgan

Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London with her mother and her younger sister, Gabby. In Paris the house rented by Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, isn’t a house at all. It’s an abbey. And to top it all off, Grayson is missing. Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson’s whereabouts save for Luc, a servant who has some deep and dark secrets of his own. Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead, and that it’s up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.

1) The Beautiful and the Cursed

2) The Lovely and the Lost

3) The Wondrous and the Wicked

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

September 13 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 13 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 14 – Cupcake School @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

September 14 – Teen Marvel Movie Night @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

September 14 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 16 – Book Explorer’s Senior: Red Queen @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 19 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 19 – Money Management 101 @ Bettendorf Public Library

September 19 – Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse @ East Moline Public Library

September 19 – YA No Sew Pillows & More @ Silvis Public Library


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