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.

Busted by Gina Ciocca
Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school. But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself.

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
When Marvin Johnson’s twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. Then Tyler is found dead, and a video leaked online shows him being shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha, Book One)
Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed. Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson
Ruby’s family has been torn apart and it’s all her fault. The only thing holding her together is Fox, a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. Fox belongs to a group called the Institute of the Sublime, and Ruby finds herself being drawn into the terrifying secretive community.

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. When her dad drags her to the Alaskan wilderness, she thinks she’s seen the last of Logan. Until he shows up six years later…along with someone trying to kill him.

Next Week

Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Poets who entered the Teen Poetry Contest are invited to a Teen Poetry Café. Bring your friends and family and read your poems while enjoying snacks. Awards will be presented.

Wednesday, May 2 @ 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Register in advance to make your own iron-on t-shirt.

Thursday, May 3 @ 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.

Thursday, May 3 @ 3:30 p.m.
Join HyVee Dietitian Hannah Eddy to learn about nutrition and food safety, and create a complete meal to enjoy. Registration is required.

A Librarian Reads…

#Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

Jake Morrow was an orphan and hacker on the road to prison or worse when he was chosen by the CIA for Operation Early Bird. Now, after a botched mission he’s semi-retired to finish high school as Peter Smith, and hoping desperately to get back to work. So when a freshman girl takes his picture, he worries a little. When she posts it online, he worries more. When it goes viral, he’s sure his cover is blown and he’ll never be a field operative again. When armed commandos take over his chem class, Peter realizes more than his career is at stake. Is it the hacker he’s been tracking? Someone looking for revenge? Locked inside the school and cut off from help, Peter knows it will be up to him to save the day.

While some parts of the book seem highly improbable, overall it is a fun, light-hearted read full of action, suspense, and just a little romance. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy fast-paced spy stories.

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2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award


The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

Angela Johnson is the recipient of the 2018 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for Heaven,  Looking for Red,  The First Part Last,  Sweet, HereafterBird, and Toning the Sweep.

Whether exploring teenage pregnancy, the devastating effects of war, complex family dynamics, or the search for selfhood, the young adult novels of Angela Johnson are notable for their depiction of teens in crisis, plumbing the depths of grief and sorrow to find hope and resilience.

“With lyrical and understated prose, exquisitely crafted characters, and universally relevant themes, Angela Johnson creates stories that show teen readers that every dark cloud has a silver lining,” said Edwards Committee Chair Jonathan Hunt.

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 25 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 25 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – Tween/Teen Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

April 26 – Teen Chef @ East Moline Public Library

April 26 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 26 – Tinker Lab 3D Needle Felting @ LeClaire Community Library

April 30 – Game Night @ River Valley District Library

May 1 – 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.

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman
Phoebe is a drummer ready to prover herself at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention. Vanessa has been looking forward to the WTFcon for writers for months. Callie is attending the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships more for her dad than herself. When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!

No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli
Following a family tragedy, Gabe finds himself the caregiver for his ailing grandfather. He does his best to make the most of his senior year with his friends John and Sofia, but going to school and looking after a grandfather with Alzheimer’s is more work than he ever imagined. And when long-lost Uncle Nick appears on the scene, Gabe soon finds that living with Nick and Grandpa is like babysitting two grown men.

Honor Code by Kiersi Burkhart
Sam attends Edwards Academy in the hopes of getting into Harvard. She’s willing to endure the hazing, sports, and social scene she’s not really into. But will she be willing to bury the worst night of her life in order to “keep the community sacred”? As the line between truth and justice blurs, Sam must find out for herself what honor really means.

Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell
Just as Audrey’s life is starting to look up, she’s told it’s time to evacuate her idyllic gated community of Coto de Caza because of the enormous wildfire sweeping through Orange County, California. Over the course of the next twenty-four hours, Audrey wrestles with the possibility of losing her family home and remembers her relationship with Brooks. But as secrets from Brooks’s dark past come to light, Audrey wonders if he might be more dangerous than the fire.

Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge
It’s been three years since Miles fell for Vivian, a talented and dazzling transgender girl, and eighteen months since a suicide attempt left Vivian on life support. Now Miles is on a trip to Iceland, trying to honor Vivian’s life by photographing her treasured Doc Martens standing empty against the surreal landscapes. With each step he takes, Miles finds his heart healing–even as he must accept that Vivian, still in a coma, will never recover.

Next Week

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A Librarian Reads…

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

In a small town in Colorado live a family of saints and their pilgrims. The Soria family have been saints for generations, and the three teenage cousins in 1962 are no exception. Daniel is the current Saint, quiet and thoughtful and holy. Beatriz is quiet also, because her mind is busy analyzing and sorting information, and she would rather build things than be a saint. Joaquin is boisterous and would rather be a radio DJ than a saint. When Pete comes to Bicho Raro looking to work, he is the only non-saint, non-pilgrim the town has seen. And it turns out that is exactly what they need. Because miracles come in twos. First the saint makes the pilgrims darkness visible, then the pilgrim performs the second miracle on themselves to banish the darkness. A saint must never interfere in this second miracle, or even talk to the pilgrims, or risk darkness themselves. But Daniel does, and so Beatriz and Joaquin feel they must too, to save their cousin. Now the Sorias and the pilgrims must all work together, with Pete in the middle, to save everyone.

This tale of magical realism is lyrical and beautiful and heart-wrenching. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of magical realism, family stories, and Maggie Stiefvater’s previous novels.


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Featured Series

Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

Magicians rule an alternative British empire in this stylistically complex, action-packed and witty fantasy trilogy. Nathaniel, an angry apprentice magician harboring secret powers, summons a 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus to help him steal a powerful amulet. The djinni, cocky and sarcastic, forms an uneasy bound with his new master, but the theft opens a Pandora’s box of future intrigues.

Prequel) The Ring of Solomon

1) The Amulet of Samarkand

2) The Golem’s Eye

3) Ptolemy’s Gate

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 18 – Retro Gamers Club @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

April 18 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 18 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 19 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 19 – Teen Slime Club @ East Moline Public Library

April 19 – Stop Motion Moviemaker @ River Valley District Library

April 20 – Teen Tech Club @ East Moline Public Library

April 21 – Chess Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 21 – Mock Chihuly Sculptures @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 23 – Fandom Book ClubDavenport Public Library (Main)

April 24 – Crafting Tweens and Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

April 24 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


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