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.

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. Visit the library for a list of special events happening all summer long.

Join the Popular Astronomy Club for a discussion of 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing & Our Night Sky on Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Afterwards we will be outside in the back parking lot between 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. for crafts and activities followed by night sky viewing. All Ages. No registration required.
** 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:

  • Astronomy Club—July 16 @ 8:00-11:30 p.m.
  • Movie Sing-A-Long—July 19 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 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…

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault

Offred used to have a different name—and a different life—but that doesn’t matter anymore. All that matters now is following the rules and continuing to survive. She is a handmaid, selected by the Republic of Gilead to make a baby for the Commander and his wife. She has accepted this role, and yet she remembers. She remembers the time before, when women could have jobs and hold their own money, when she had a husband and daughter of her own, before the wars and destruction and chemicals. She is torn between trying to hold on to those memories and accept her fate. But this new world she finds herself in isn’t as perfect as the government would have everyone believe, and soon Offred will have to make some impossible choices.

This graphic novel, based on the novel of the same name, is both accessible and haunting. The colors, alternatingly vivid and subdued, add to the mood of the story. For those who have not yet read the novel, it is a great introduction, and for those who have it provides a different perspective. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of classic dystopian novels and the TV show based on the novel.

Featured Series

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Fifteen-year-old twins Josh and Sophie meet 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel, alive and well in present-day San Francisco, and learn they are part of an ancient prophecy and have the ability to become powerful magicians. Whether they save or destroy the world as the prophecy states unfolds over this fast-paced fantasy series featuring thrilling action and magical adventure.

1) The Alchemyst

2) The Magician

3) The Sorceress

4) The Necromancer

5) The Warlock

6) The Enchantress

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 Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad
The city of Noor still bears scars of its recent past, when the Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason. But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her.

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain
Shif is one of the smartest boys in school, feels safe and loved in the home he shares with his mother and little sister, and is unfamiliar with the horrors of his country’s regime. But the day that soldiers arrive at his door, his only choice is to run. Facing both unthinkable cruelty and boundless kindness, Shif bravely makes his way towards a future he can barely imagine.

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta
When Danny and her mother move to Tempest, California she finds the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary. But Danny find the Grays—they cast a spell to call her to them. The believe Danny can bring back Imogen, but before she does she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde
Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite TV show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, she’s stuck picking up coffee. Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own!

This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni
The Green Street Cinema has always been a sanctuary for Ethan. But developers are threatening to tear it down to build a luxury condos. It’s going to take a movie miracle if the Green Street is going to have a happy ending. And when Raina, Ethan’s oldest friend (and possible soul mate?), comes back home from Hollywood where she’s been starring in B-movies about time-traveling cats, Ethan thinks that miracle just may have been delivered.