A Librarian Reads…

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

Barbara spends her time reading, avoiding people as much as possible, playing D&D, and killing giants. This doesn’t exactly make her very popular. But she doesn’t mind. All she cares about is getting ready, because a giant is coming soon. She sees the signs. But complications keep getting in her way. Like her older sister’s horrible cooking. Having to avoid the upstairs of her house.  Catching the attention of the school bully. And even meeting a new girl that might become a real friend.

This graphic novel tackles some pretty heavy concepts, like bullying, grief, and death. But it also has a lot of humor. Recommended for readers in middle school and up.

Featured Series

Broken Sky Chronicles by Jason Chabot

On the barren plains of Below, a teenage boy named Hokk lives in isolation amid the remnants of Earth’s modern age. On the floating islands in the skies of Above, Elia and her family are enslaved in endless drudgery until a natural disaster sends Elia plummeting to Below, where she meets Hokk and together they face airborne and terrestrial dangers and discover a powerful secret

1) Below

2) Above

3) Beyond

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.

Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan
Jasmine and Chelsea are sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women’s Rights Club. They post their thoughts online—and soon go viral. They both positive support but are also targeted by online trolls. When the principal shuts the club down, they will risk everything for their voices—and those of other young women—to be heard.

Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone—a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern—a human capable of turning into a dragon. As Sky prepares, she discovers secrets about her family, and a dark truth about were-dragon society—a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Bloom by Kevin Panetta (Graphic Novel)
Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his band―if he can persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their family bakery. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom … that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Ellery has to move to Echo Ridge, a town known for missing girls, to live with her grandmother. Before she even starts school, someone declares open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows everyone has secrets, but in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield
Rita and Lo, sisters and best friends, have spent their lives on the wing – flying through the air in their trapeze act, never staying in one place for long. Family means everything to them. Until Lo meets a boy. Suddenly, she wants nothing more than to stay still. And as secrets start to tear apart the close-knit circus community, how far will Lo go to keep her feet on the ground?

Next Week

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 February 25 meeting to get feedback and advice.

Tween/Teen Gaming will take place on Wednesday, February 27 @ 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games at in the second floor program room. Drop in anytime. No registration required. Grades 6-12.

Help the Moline Public Library knit/crochet blanket squares on Wednesday, February 27 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 6-12 are invited to an Interactive Movie Program featuring The Princess Bride on Thursday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the second floor program room. Enjoy crafts and other activities related to the film. Registration is required and space is limited.

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…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

When Conor wakes up at 12:07, he’s glad to be out of the nightmare. Then the monster comes. The yew tree behind his house has pulled itself up and come to pay a visit. At first, Conor assumes this is just a new, different kind of nightmare. But that doesn’t explain the yew leaves and berries he finds in his bedroom night after night. When he finally confronts the monster, who isn’t that scary compared to his real nightmare, Conor is surprised to find it wants to tell him three stories. So he listens to what the monster has to say—and his life will never be the same again.

This tale of loss, truths, and healing will appeal to readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories that really make you think.


2018 Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.  The award is sponsored by Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association.

2019 Winner
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Acevedo transforms everyday language into transcendent imagery in this novel-in-verse about Xiomara, who struggles to come into her own power amid her restrictive upbringing. Over the course of these lyrical, expressive, and honest poems, she grows from speaking with her fists to embracing her identity as the Poet X.

2019 Honor Books

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

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.

This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher
One year ago, there was a party. At the party, someone died. Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth. Tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. So desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the invitation. Five arrived, but not all can leave.

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Rosie and Henry are both thrilled to have gotten places at celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs.

Slayer by Kiersten White (Slayer, Book One)
Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, have grown up at the Watcher’s Academy. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal. But when she becomes the next Chosen One, her life changes forever.

On A Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (Graphic Novel)
Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. Eventually Mia reveals her true purpose for joining their ship—to track down her long-lost love.

The Girl with the Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel
When Kenzie lands a summer job caring for abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.