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.

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Hằng’s little brother, Linh, is taken from her as they search for a way to escape the Việt Nam War. Six years later, she has made it to Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find Linh until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her.

Watch Out by Alison Hughes
Charlie is staying home from school to help his older brother who broke his leg in a football game. When he has time, Charlie investigates a series of break-ins that have the whole neighborhood on edge. Charlie nearly catches the thief and then foils an attempted break-in at his own house.

Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn
June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn’t eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June’s secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.

Minor Prophets by Jimmy Cajoleas
Lee has always seen visions, including three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. When his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and his sister Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions?

Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl
When CeCe’s boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. She knows nothing about Jesus, but her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, where her ex shows up with a new girlfriend. CeCe ropes Paul into faking a relationship, and soon she’s questioning her feelings about him, her ex, and the truth about the night she lost her virginity.

Next Week

This year’s Teen Reading Challenge runs September 22 through October 19. Pick up a Reading Log and keep track of how many minutes you read for prizes and an invitation to a party in your honor.

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.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

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…

Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun by Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke

Ofelia believes she is nothing more than the daughter of a dead tailor and a woman who has remarried too soon. Ofelia also believes the man her mother wants her to consider her new father is actually a wolf, a capitan who uses his soldiers to feed his thirst for fear and blood. She is right about the second thing. When she arrives at the old mill the capitan has taken over as his base, Ofelia is led by a fairy into an ancient Labyrinth where the Faun tells her she is the princess of the Underworld. If she can complete three tasks by the next full moon, she can return to her real mother and father.

This novel is part fantasy, part fairy tale, where the humans are the most dangerous creatures of all. Set in Spain in 1944, it exposes a side of World War II and the Spanish Civil War that is relatively unknown. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

Featured Series

Mickey Bolitar by Harlan Coben

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

1) Shelter

2) Seconds Away

3) Found

September is Library Card Signup Month!

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.

A Dress for the Wicked by Autumn Krause
Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Shy. And Emmy fears her future holds just that: nothing. When the head of the most admired fashion house in the country opens her prestigious design competition to girls from outside the stylish capital city, Emmy’s dreams seem closer than they ever have before. But as she navigates the twisted world of high fashion she starts to wonder: will she be able to tailor herself to fit into this dark, corrupted race? And at what cost?

Bloody Seoul by Sonia Patel
Rocky is loyal to the Three Star Pa gang, which his father runs in Seoul, Korea; loyal to his best friends, who accompany him everywhere he goes; loyal to his ever-escalating public bullying of Ha-na, a girl at school. But when he catches his father in a lie, the truth is exposed, and his life begins to unravel―and Rocky has no idea where it’s going to lead.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power
First the teachers at the Raxter School for Girls died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence. But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. There learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

All the Bad Apples by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears—presumed dead—her family are heartbroken. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true. And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s history is not just bad luck but a curse. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.

Ghady & Rawan by Fatima Sharafeddine and Samar Mahfouz Barraj
Ghady lives with his family in Belgium. Rawan lives in Lebanon. Ghady’s family travels every summer to Beirut, where he gets to spend all his time with Rawan and their other friends, enjoying freedom from school. During the rest of the year, he and Rawan keep in touch by email. Ghady struggles with homesickness and racism at school, while Rawan faces a changing relationship with her family.

Next Week

This year’s Teen Reading Challenge runs September 22 through October 19. Pick up a Reading Log and keep track of how many minutes you read for prizes and an invitation to a party in your honor.

Tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to a Superhero Movie Night on Monday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m. Choose which Marvel origin story to be shown, then enjoy snacks and crafts while you watch.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

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…

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Yaichi’s twin brother, Ryoji, left Japan to move to Canada years ago and has recently died. Now his Canadian husband, Mike, is coming to visit, and Yaichi has no idea how to react. His young daughter, Kana, has no such problem. She is excited to learn about her uncle. Through her innocence and enthusiasm, Yaichi begins to question his assumptions and beliefs.

This graphic novel, the first in a series, takes a hard look at how Japanese culture and the queer experience intersect. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

2019 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Great Graphic Novels for Teens is a list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA. The full 2019 list can be found here.

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation by Anne Frank and Ari Folman. Illus. by David Polonsky.
This is the first graphic edition of Anne Frank’s diary; a young girls poignant writings during her years of hiding in Amsterdam. This beautiful retelling is a feast for the eyes. Anne Frank’s story, already so powerful and unforgettable is brought to life in full color. Even if you have read and reread her story, you will be drawn to this new version.

Crush by Svetlana Chmakova. Illus. by the author.
Perfectly capturing the challenges of friendship drama and the anguish of first crushes in middle school, this is the story of Jorge Ruiz, sweet, gentle, and strong, who is crushing on Jazmine, strong, kind, and intelligent. Jorge must navigate his friendships and romantic interests and the drama that ensues.

Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt With Family Addiction by Jarrett Krosoczka. Illus. by the author.
A memoir about being raised by grandparents and finding art as a way of communicating and self-expression while dealing with family addiction and absenteeism.

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. Illus. by Giovanni Rigano.
Ebo’s older sister left Ghana and now his brother has disappeared, leaving a note saying he’s taking the arduous journey to Europe to seek a better life. Alone and refusing to be left behind, Ebo catches up with his brother so they can make the trip together, living on the streets, negotiating with human smugglers, and struggling to survive.

My Brother’s Husband, Volume 2 by Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author.
Yaichi has been struggling to fully understand and accept his brother’s husband, Mike. Spending time together during Mike’s visit to Japan, Yaichi and his daughter realize just how important he is to their family.

On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden. Illus. by the author.
Mia becomes the newest member on a ship that travels through space reconstructing historical ruins for new use. Though quiet and unsure of herself, she fits in with the crew and eventually reveals her true purpose for taking the job; finding her lost love.

Royal City, Volume 2: Sonic Youth by Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author.
In volume one, the story of the Pike family is set up with older brother Patrick Pike returning to his childhood home in the wake of his father’s stroke and his brother’s death. In this volume, the reader is taken back to the year 1993, following the then-teenaged Pike siblings and glimpsing the last week of Tommy Pike’s life.

Royal City, Volume 3: We All Float On by Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author.
The final volume of this series brings readers a thoughtful and unique exploration of loss, grief, family, and acceptance.

Silver Spoon Volumes 1, 2, 3, & 4 by Hiromu Arakawa. Illus. by the author.
Yuugo Hachiken has always been a great student, but instead of going to a regular academic high school, he decides to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School instead. This city boy was hoping to coast through high school, and an agricultural school is sure to be easy, right? Wrong! Instead of doing math problems, and reciting poetry, he’s waking up at 5AM to do chores, raise piglets and learn to ride a horse.

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Illus. by Emily Carroll.
Melinda is shunned at school because she called the cops at a summer party, but what everyone doesn’t know is that she was sexual assaulted there. In this beautifully illustrated graphic adaptation of the original novel, Melinda works on coming to terms with what happened to her and learning how to speak about it.

The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees by Don Brown. Illus. by the author.
This minimalist text takes a journalistic approach to describing the political and social implications of the Syrian refugee crisis It features the stories of individual refugees, while also focusing on local and global trends contributing to the crisis.

September is Library Card Signup Month!