Next Week

The Library will be closed on Monday, September 2 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.

Tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to join the Moline Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group. Make new friends, give advice about programs and materials for teens, and earn service credits. Meetings are on the first Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m.

 

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

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A Librarian Reads…

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

The residents of the Washington towns of Rome and Carthage have been at war for years. Carthage takes pride in being the setting of the Unicorns Versus Dragons books and movies, while Rome is the hometown of rock sensation Carter Sloat. When the two high schools are merged, no one expects things to go well. But for Billy and Lydia, both outsiders at their respective schools, it’s a chance to experience something brand new—friendship. Only, from the moment they meet weird things start to happen. They hear hooves galloping in the heavy fog. An impossible tornado touches down right between the two towns. Billy’s house is trying to kill him, and Lydia is stuck with a ghost only she can see. And it’s all leading up to something much, much worse.

Taking on serious issues with a healthy dollop of humor, this novel’s magical realism will keep you wondering to the end what is and isn’t real. Billy and Lydia are intriguing characters who learn and grow in unexpected and satisfying ways. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

Featured Series

Project Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

As the Anvil, an enormous asteroid, threatens to end all life on Earth, sixteen-year-old Min begins to uncover a lifetime of lies, a sinister conspiracy involving all students in her sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho.

1) Nemesis

2) Genesis

3) Chrysalis

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 Beckoning Shadow by Katharyn Blair (The Beckoning Shadow, Book One)
Vesper can summon your worst fear and turn it into a reality. A spot in the Tournament of the Unraveling, where competitors battle for a chance to rewrite the past, gives her a chance to reverse the mistakes that have changed her forever. Sam also carries a tragedy he desperately wants to undo. Vesper starts to fall for Sam, but helping heal his heart might mean breaking her own.

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed
Billy and Lydia don’t have much in common. But when the lives of these two loners are thrust together, Lydia’s cynicism is met with Billy’s sincere optimism, and both begin to question their own outlook on life. On top of that, weird happenings including an impossible tornado and an all-consuming fog are cropping up around them—maybe even because of them.

Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller
Solomon and Ash both experienced a traumatic event when they were twelve. Ash lost all memory of that event when she fell from Solomon’s treehouse. Since then, Solomon has retreated further and further into a world he created in his own mind. As he slips further into the place he calls Darkside, Ash realizes her only chance to free her best friend from his pain is to recall exactly what happened that day in his backyard and face the truth—together.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira has landed a job treating children with cancer. Now she has to prove herself to adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. Life gets really complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg
Allison loves spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn’t be? But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she’s not Allison Smith. And Ally’s-make that Amanda’s-ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her?

Next Week

The Figge Art Museum Outreach staff will be at the Library on Saturday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. for a presentation on artist Vanessa German and a Found Objects Art Activity. This program is open to teens and adults and registration is required.

 

DID YOU KNOW. . .
Since 1990 the Friends of the Moline Public Library have helped your Library bring quality service to you and everyone in the community. The Friends provide funding for library programs and events and special purchases like the Library’s piano.

You can help by:

  1. Donating materials to the Friends store, such as books, magazines, movies, and music.
  2. Buying materials from the Friends store, which are great values.
  3. Joining the Friends. Memberships start with donations of just $5!
  4. Anyone age 16 and older can become a Friends volunteer.

 

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 Girl from Berlin by Ronald H. Balson

Gabriella Vincenzo has lived nearly her whole life on a small vineyard in the Tuscan region of Italy. But now, at 78 years old, a multi-million dollar corporation is trying to take her land, claiming to be the rightful owner. In the course of investigating, Gabi gives Catherine, her American lawyer, a memoir to read. It details the life of Ada Baumgarten, the daughter of the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and a gifted violinist herself. Beginning when Ada was just a child, it charts her Jewish family’s persecution by the Nazi regime in Berlin and Italy. But who is Ada? And what connection does she have to Gabi?

This novel, which is part of the 2019 Illinois Reads, is told in alternating “now” and “then” chapters, showing the horrors inflicted on Jewish families, the heroes who fought against tyrants, and the hope and passion of one young girl to achieve her dreams against all odds. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of historical fiction, especially World War II, and those who enjoy stories of young people persevering in the face of injustice.

 

2019 Westchester Fiction Award

The Westchester Fiction Award was founded in 2009 by Suzanne Osman, a teacher librarian for the Los Angeles Unified School District in Los Angeles, California. This award honors talented authors who contribute exemplary literature to the Young Adult literary canon & the visionary publishers who bring their texts to life. When evaluating literature, the committee considers the following questions:

  1.  Does the work have immediate and widespread appeal to adolescents?
  2.  Is the theme/topic meaningful and relevant today?
  3.  If the work is part of an established series, can it stand alone?
  4.  Is there a unique quality to the work (voice, message, language, format, etc.)?
  5.  Is the writing rich, compelling, detailed?
  6.  Are the main characters and content age appropriate for high school students?
  7.  Is the work a valuable addition to the Young Adult literary canon?

 

2019 Winners:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies by J. J. Flowers

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

We Are All That’s Left by Carrie Arcos

 

2019 Honorable Mentions:

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

I, Claudia by Mary McCoy

More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen