A Librarian Reads…

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Everyone dreads getting a call between midnight and 3:00 a.m. That is the time when Death Cast calls to let you know you’re going to die that day. Mateo has spent his life doing everything in his power to stay safe and avoid the call. But it comes anyway. Rufus was the only member of his family who didn’t get the call last year, and he’s only just found a place in his new foster family when he gets the call. They both find themselves alone and lonely on their last day on Earth. Luckily, there’s the Last Friend App. They take a chance and meet each other. Through the course of a single day they help each other face their pasts, embrace their presents, and accept that they have no future. But even as they acknowledge it, they find something that would have been worth living for—each other.

Told in alternating points of view between Mateo, Rufus, and several other characters, this book looks at the power of family, friendships, and embracing life. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.

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Human Rights

Reading fiction develops our empathy and social understanding, which helps us stand up to prejudice and discrimination. This is why literature is a valuable tool for developing values that uphold our human rights. Are you passionate about books and human rights?

These books explore ideas of tolerance and justice, encouraging you to step into another’s shoes. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali
Born in Nazi Germany in 1936, Max is raised as the perfect Aryan but questions his teachings upon learning that his friend Lukas, a Polish boy snatched from his home to be “Germanized,” is secretly Jewish.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
David Piper, always an outsider, forms an unlikely friendship with Leo Denton who, from the first day at his new school wants only to be invisible, but when David’s deepest secret gets out, that he wants to be a girl, things get very messy for both of them.

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent’s daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
Arturo scrapes by living in Anapra living odd jobs and staying out of sight. His friend Faustino joined one of the drug gangs. He stole money form the gang to send his girlfriend and her baby into the U.S.– and he wants Arturo’s help replacing the money before the gang kills him. Looming over Arturo’s story, and Juarez itself, is Santa Muerte– Saint Death, watching impassively as people in the border town struggle in the face of a vicious drug trade, dangerous trafficking, corruption, and income inequality.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

November 29 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

November 29 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 30 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

November 30 – Teen/Tween Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

November 30 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

December 2 – Movie Matinee: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer @ East Moline Public Library

December 5 – Board Game Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

December 5 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

December 5 – 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.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
In the heart of Bicho Raro, Colorado three cousins long to change their futures: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo. They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky (Graphic Novel)
Greg has lived in Lancaster his whole life. The town’s always had its quirks, and being born without a shadow means he’s one of them. Then he falls in love with a smart, beautiful dead girl named Eleanor. And before he knows what’s happening, Greg finds himself at the wrong end of a history lesson when the town’s past, and his own, threaten to pull the two of them apart permanently!

On the Free by Coert Voorhees
Santi agreed to join the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program in exchange for less time in juvie. Amelia signed up to prove a point. No one is sure why Victor’s on the trip, but he’s definitely not out to make friends. After a mudslide sweeps away other campers, the trio is left stranded in the Colorado wilderness and short on supplies. They’ll have to band together to survive the elements, their demons, and each other.

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Grace has always been an only child who was adopted at birth. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she searches for her biological siblings. Maya has always felt out of place in her adopted family. Joaquin has spent seventeen years in the foster system, and has no interest in connecting with Grace and Maya over their shared mother. Sometimes you choose your family, and sometimes your family chooses you.

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
June is physically and emotionally abused by her stepmother, and the only person June feels safe telling is her friend Blister. He helps her believe she can escape her nightmare situation. But when a shocking tragedy occurs June finds herself trapped, potentially forever.

Next Week

Monday, November 27 @ 2:00-7:00
Writers are invited to stop by between 2:00 and 7:00 to work on their NaNoWriMo projects. Meet with other writers to keep you on track to reach your word count.

Thursday, November 30 @ 2:00-7:00
Writers are invited to stop by between 2:00 and 7:00 to finish up their NaNoWriMo projects. Meet with other writers to celebrate reaching your word count.

A Librarian Reads…

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

When Mary was nine years old she killed the three month old baby her mother was babysitting. At least, that’s what everyone says. Everyone except Mary, who’s never said a word about what happened that night. Not that it would have mattered. She was condemned in the public eye as a black girl who killed a white baby. Now almost sixteen, she’s finally out of baby jail and in a group home that isn’t much of an improvement. But she’s got enough freedom to volunteer at a nursing home, go to vocational school, and study for the SATs on her own. Because Mary isn’t content with the life everyone expects of her. And when she finds out she’s going to have a baby of her own, she’s more determined than ever to make her own way in the world. Even if that means telling the truth about what really happened to baby Alyssa.

This book pulls no punches when it comes to describing the brutal life of girls in the system. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up interested in urban fiction, family stories, and social justice issues.


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Featured Series

Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

Galen, prince of the Syrena, is sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. He finds Emma and after several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, Galen becomes convinced Emma holds the key to his kingdom.

1) Of Poseidon

2) Of Triton

3) Of Neptune