Faith, Miracles, Saints, and Saviors

Check out these books featuring teenagers who have been touched by the divine. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

 

Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

The Passion of Dolssa: A Novel by Julie Berry

The Voice in My Head by Dana L. Davis

Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Transcendent by Katelyn Detweiler

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

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.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Sana is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She’s the classic overachiever determined to win.
Rachel is a wannabe director who’s obsessed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she’s casting her senior film project, she knows she’s found the perfect lead – Sana. There’s only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.

Road Tripped by Pete Hautman
Stiggy needs to get out of Minnesota. His father recently took his own life, his mother is a shell of the person she used to be, and his sort-of-girlfriend ghosted him and skipped town. What does he have left to stick around for? Armed with his mom’s credit card and a tourist map of Great River Road, Stiggy sets off in his dad’s car.

Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson
When Steph is killed, his friends Quadir and Jarrell want him and his beats to be remembered. Enlisting the help of Steph’s younger sister, Jasmine, they come up with a plan to promote Steph’s music under a new rap name: The Architect. Soon, everyone in Brooklyn is dancing to Steph’s voice, which even catches the attention of a hotheaded music rep.

That Night by Cyn Balog
Hailey is determined to find out all she can about her boyfriend’s suicide. She knows Declan wouldn’t kill himself, even if she can’t remember a lot of what lead up to that fateful night. Kane, Declan’s stepbrother and Hailey’s best friend, wants to move past what happened—not dig up bad memories. But the more Hailey searches for information, the more she remembers.

Tinfoil Crowns by Erin Jones
Fit is on a mission to become famous at all costs. She shares her life with her fans through countless videos (always sporting some elaborate tinfoil accessory), and they love her for it. But no one knows that when Fit was three-years-old, her mother, suffering from postpartum psychosis, tried to kill her. Now her mother, River, has been released from prison.

Next Week

The Summer Reading Program runs through Saturday, July 27. Sign up and keep track of how much you read to earn prizes and entries into a drawing. Be sure to turn in all reading logs and prize drawing entry slips by the 27th!

The Write Now! Writers Group is open to teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Join us on July 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Moline Public Library 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages (double spaced) of a current writing project to share with the group for advice and feedback.

Do You . . . Sing? Juggle? Dance? Act? Do magic? Tell jokes? Play an instrument? Do spoken word? Have some other hidden talent? We would love to see it! Join us for the Moline Public Library Talent Show on Saturday, August 17, 2019. All ages and types of family-friendly amateur entertainment welcome. Perform solo or in a group. Acts will have a 12’x24′ performance area, and a maximum of 6 minutes including set, entrance, and exit. Registration forms are available online and at the Library. Deadline extended until July 27.  Spots are limited, so early application is recommended. Performers will be assigned a time slot between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please plan to be available at any time during those hours. The Library will contact you with your time by August 3.

 

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…

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh

Plum expects her sophomore year to be much like every one that has come before—living in her brilliant older sister Ginny’s shadow, having strangers comment on her dead father’s essay about his brilliant daughter (Ginny, not Plum), staying at home because she has no friends. And honestly, she’s okay with that. But this year is different. Money is tight, Ginny is getting more and more anxious about college…and then there’s Tate. What started as an unexpected awkward encounter gradually grows to tutoring, friendship, and maybe even something more. It’s the first time Plum has ever kept a secret from Ginny. And she has to wonder if maybe they’re growing apart, and how she really feels about that possibility.

Anyone who’s ever experienced the fierce love and rivalry between siblings will relate to Plum and Ginny’s relationship. Funny and heartbreakingly honest, this book is recommended for readers in eighth grade and up.

Featured Series

Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

In this bleak and violent pandemic apocalypse series, a virus has wiped out all children except those with special abilities. The government categorizes and color codes these special kids, but only to control them, not to help them. Heroine Ruby joins a band of resistance fighters who hope to uncover the truth about the virus and rescue the lost children.

1) The Darkest Minds

2) Never Fade

3) In the Afterlight

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.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Gumiho, Book One)
Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. After feeding one full moon, she crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. She rescues him, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. When a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous.

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
Brody feels like nobody gets him. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday. Here Brody finds his tribe and a place he belongs. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced choose between Everland and his family.

All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past. Then she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess, but then the two accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence.

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
For sisters as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, the two drift apart like they never have before. Plum, a self-described social outcast, strikes up a secret friendship with the class jock, while Ginny’s usual high-strung nature escalates to pure hysterics.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy.

Next Week

The Summer Reading Program runs through Saturday, July 27. Sign up and keep track of how much you read to earn prizes and entries into a drawing. Be sure to turn in all reading logs and prize drawing entry slips by the 27th!

Tweens and Teens ages 8 to 18 can try to escape from a haunted movie theater during an Escape Room! Figure out the clues to unlock the door–before it’s too late! Sessions will start at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00 on Thursday, July 25 and 3:00 and 4:00 on Friday, July 26. Teams of three to ten people will compete at each session. Sign up as a team or make new friends.
** Teen Assistants are needed to help with this program. If you can help, please call 309-524-2470 to sign up for an hour or more.

Would you like to help out with special events at the Library this summer? Teen Assistants ages 13 to 18 are needed to help with the following programs:

  • Art Extravaganza—July 20 @ 2:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Escape Room—July 25 @ 2:00-7:00 p.m.

To sign up to help out with any of these programs for an hour or more, call the Library at 309-524-2470.

 

Do You . . . Sing? Juggle? Dance? Act? Do magic? Tell jokes? Play an instrument? Do spoken word? Have some other hidden talent? We would love to see it! Join us for the Moline Public Library Talent Show on Saturday, August 17, 2019. All ages and types of family-friendly amateur entertainment welcome. Perform solo or in a group. Acts will have a 12’x24′ performance area, and a maximum of 6 minutes including set, entrance, and exit. Registration forms are available online and at the Library and must be returned by July 17.  Spots are limited, so early application is recommended. Performers will be assigned a time slot between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please plan to be available at any time during those hours. The Library will contact you with your time by August 3.

 

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…

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Underland Chronicles, Book One)

Gregor’s father disappeared two years ago, and life has been pretty tough for his family since then. Now he’s stuck taking care of his grandmother and baby sister, Boots, all summer instead of going to camp like all the other kids in his neighborhood. When Boots chases a ball into a hole in the laundry room and disappears, Gregor doesn’t think twice about diving in after her. He can’t lose someone else. But after falling and falling, they find themselves in a different world, talking to giant cockroaches. All Gregor wants to do is get home, but the Underlanders have a prophecy, and they think Gregor is the one to fulfill it.

Gregor is an interesting and likeable character. Fans of Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy will enjoy seeing her earlier series. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who like adventure stories and reluctant heroes.

* Book listened to as e-audio through the Libby app.

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award: 2020 Master List

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

 

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Slider by Pete Hautman

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson

Restart by Gordon Korman

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

42 is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport

As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

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.

On a Scale of One to Ten by Ceylan Scott
Tamar is admitted to Lime Grove, a psychiatric hospital for teenagers with a variety of problems: anorexia, bipolar disorder, behavior issues. Tamar will come to know them all very well. But there’s one question she can’t… won’t answer: What happened to her friend Iris? As Tamar’s emotional angst becomes more and more clear to her, she’ll have to figure out a path to forgiveness.

Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan
It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Mac is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all.

Birthday by Meredith Russo
Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes the difficult choice to live as her true self. Over the years, they will drift apart, come together, fight, make up, and break up—and ultimately, realize how inextricably they are a part of each other.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Sands of Arawiya, Book One)
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
Sam and Zoe both want an escape from reality. Sam works hard to manage her mom’s OCD, wondering how she can ever leave to pursue her dream of studying aerospace engineering. Zoe tries to hide true self: the girl who was abandoned as an infant, whose adoptive mother has cancer, and whose disabled brother is being sent away to live in a facility. When the two forge a connection through text messages, it expands into a private universe they call Starworld.