A Librarian Reads…

Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Volume One by John Layman

Tony Chu is a cibopath. When he eats he gets a psychic vision of that thing’s past. If it’s a fruit he can see where it was grown, what pesticides were used on it, when it was picked. If it’s an animal, the visions can be pretty gruesome. When he accidentally eats soup containing the chef’s blood, and realizes the chef is a serial killer, his secret is exposed. Luckily, the FDA has use for his gift. In a future where poultry has been outlawed following a bird-flu epidemic, they are just about the highest law in the land. Now Tony is caught up in an international conspiracy involving fruit, frogs…and a vampire.

While a bit gruesome at times, there is enough humor to keep this graphic novel entertaining. Recommended to readers in high school and up who enjoy light-hearted stories with a side of gore and violence.

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Riders of the Apocalypse by Jackie Kessler

Seventeen-year-old Lisabeth has anorexia, and even turning into Famine–one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse–cannot keep her from feeling fat and worthless.

1) Hunger

2) Rage

3) Loss

4) Breath

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.

Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis (Give the Dark My Love, Book One)
Nedra left her home to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it’s making its way toward the cities. Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague, and turns to the most forbidden practice of all–necromancy.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
The del Cisne girls are sisters and rivals. Blanca is obedient and graceful, Roja is vicious and manipulative. Because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans, and one day the swans will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan. But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them.

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Upon their father’s return, the five Dunbar boys, who have raised themselves since their mother’s death, begin to learn family secrets, including that of fourth brother Clay, who will build a bridge for complex reasons, including his own redemption.

Lost Soul, Be At Peace by Maggie Thrash (Graphic Novel)
Maggie is trapped in a dark depression and flunking the 11th grade. The only thing she really cares about is her cat, Tommi—who then disappears somewhere in the walls of her cavernous house. So her search begins … but Maggie’s not exactly sure what she’s lost, and she has no idea what she’ll find.

The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Origin, Book One)
When Evie is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she assumes is a Luxen. But he is in fact something much more powerful, and her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she’d only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head.

Next Week

TWEEN STEAM CLUB: LEGO Space Challenge is open to students in grades 4-8. Learn to program robots and use them to accomplish tasks. Sessions will take place on January 14, 21, 28, and February 4 at 6:00 p.m. Attendance at all four session is recommended. Registration is required and space is limited. This program is developed pursuant to a Library Services and Technology act grant administered by the Illinois State Library using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Write Now! is a group for teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings will be on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages of a piece you’re working on to the January 28 meeting to get feedback and advice.

Help the Moline Public Library knit/crochet blanket squares on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30 p.m. Blanket squares will be used to make complete blankets which will be donated to Project Linus. Program is open to teens and adults of all levels of experience. No registration required. Supplies are provided but limited. Participants can bring their own supplies.

Students in grades 5-12 can win $100 in the Teen Video Contest sponsored by Quad City area libraries. Submit a 3 to 5 minute movie that celebrates the theme “Libraries are for Creating” by February 27 along with an entry form. Then bring your friends and family to the Premiere Party at the Putnam Museum on March 7 at 6:00 p.m. to see your movie on the big screen.

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Restart by Gordon Korman

Chase Ambrose doesn’t remember anything about his life before falling off his roof. Not his parents, or friends, or being a sports hero…or being his school’s biggest bully. Unfortunately for him, no one else has forgotten a thing. Shoshanna remembers Chase as the boy who bullied her brother to the point he had to move away to boarding school. Aaron and Bear remember Chase as their best friend and fellow bully, and also what he did before he lost his memory. Brendan remembers Chase as the guy who used to torment him constantly. Chase’s dad remembers him as an up and coming star destined to fill his shoes as the town’s champion. Now Chase is struggling not only to remember who he used to be, but also who he wants to be now.

Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy multiple points-of-view and stories about bullying.

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

1) Ship Breaker

2) Drowned Cities

3) Tool of War

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.

Salt by Hannah Moskowitz
Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters. But Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by Lev A.C. Rosen
Jack is seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. After he starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Now Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

Any Second by Kevin Emerson
Five years after being kidnapped, Elian’s captor sends him into the mall–with a bomb strapped to his chest. Across the mall is Maya, a girl whose crippling anxiety holds her prisoner in its own way. Drawn together by their dark pasts, Maya and Eli know it takes only seconds for their entire worlds to change.

Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes
After saving a man’s life, Embry Woods, seventeen, is considered a hero but someone begins blackmailing her for causing his near-death, forcing her to make choices that endanger her loved ones.

The Chaos of Now by Erin Jade Lange
Jordan committed suicide after being tirelessly bullied; now the school has access to students’ online activities and students have less privacy than ever. Now Eli’s hacking skills have him roped into a vigilante website that subverts the school’s cybersnoops and seeks justice for everyone else being bullied. Unable to identify the fine lines between bully and victim, justice and vengeance, Eli’s keystrokes start to have devastating consequences in the real world.