A Librarian Reads…

The New Super-Man, Vol. 1: Made in China by Gene Luen Yang (Graphic Novel)

Kong Kenan isn’t your typical superhero. In fact, he’s something of a bully. But he stands up to Blue Condor and prevents his classmate (the one he bullies) from being kidnapped. That catches the attention of The Ministry of Self-Reliance, who decide Kenan is worthy to inherit the American Super-Man’s powers. Now he’s part of the Justice League of China. Only, he doesn’t really like his teammates, they’re in competition with The Great Ten superheroes, and the Freedom Fighters of China are terrorizing the country.

A fresh take on superheroes and a look at Chinese culture. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who are fans of DC Comics and those who like to learn about foreign countries and cultures.

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Grief and Loss

Dealing with loss can be difficult, but grief is a normal part of the healing process. Check out how these teens deal with grief. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy by Jacqueline Woodson

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I’ll Give You the Sun by By Jandy Nelson

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

May 30 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

May 30 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 31 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

May 31 – Tinker Lab— 3D Doodler Pen @ LeClaire Community Library

June 4 – Teen International Candy Tasting @ East Moline 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 Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Xiomara Batista feels unheard in her Harlem neighborhood, except when she uses her fists. But she has plenty she wants to say, and pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she is worried about her mami finding out, if she’s even able to speak her words out loud.

Along the Indigo by Elsie Chapman
The town of Glory is famous for seedy enterprises and the suicides that happen along the Indigo River. Marsden skims the bodies that show up along the river, hoping to find enough money for her and her sister to escape their prostitute mother. That’s where she runs into Jude, who has secrets of his own and whose brother’s suicide may be linked to Mars’s own sordid family history.

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier (Isle of Blood and Stone, Book One)
Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The Way the Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen
Sisters Linc and Holly were once as close as twins. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents’ daughter biologically, it’s smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who are more like them. Linc hopes her school project showing how people in Seneca Village used to live together in harmony will bring her closer to her family. But when a long-buried family secret comes to light, Linc must decide whether her mother’s love is worth obtaining.

And She Was by Jessica Verdi
Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. When she digs up her birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? She is stunned to learn that Mellie is her transgender father, who transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died. When she sets off to find the extended family she’s never known, Dara discovers much more about herself, and life, than she could have imagined.

Next Week

The Teen Summer Reading Program will start on June 2. You can read any book, magazine, comic book, or anything with words. Read 500 pages or minutes to complete each of three levels, then keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the library throughout the summer for programs, games, and events. Register in person or online at https://bit.ly/2FXZDz3.

A Librarian Reads…

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Virtually everyone knows Vincent Van Gogh, painter of Starry Night, Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, and so many other great works. And they’ve probably heard stories about his life, how unappreciated his work was, his madness, his suicide. But there is so much more to know about not only Vincent, but his brother Theo, who supported him throughout his entire career. Without Theo, there would be no Vincent.

This biography moves through short, succinct chapters focusing on the two brothers using letters they’d written or were written about them to provide specific details. Told in present tense, it moves you through their live. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of art and Van Gogh or love detailed biographies.

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Featured Series

Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Cassie and four other teens from varied backgrounds possess some unusual, possibly criminal, talents that have drawn the attention of the FBI. The Bureau, viewing them as potential crime-solving savants, decides to recruit them for a secret training program. Using cold cases to hone their skills and teamwork, the teens find themselves facing real-life predators and serial killers in these thrillers.

1) The Naturals

2) Killer Instinct

3) All In

4) Bad Blood