A Librarian Reads…

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes 

For months, Thea has lived in a fog of grief and anger. Not only was Natalie, her cousin and best friend, murdered, her killer is walking free. Then one day a black envelope appears on her desk. Following its instructions, she finds her way to the Black Coats, a secret society of women working to provide justice for girls and women who have been harmed and to make the world a safer place for them. Finally Thea feels like she has a purpose in life. She even starts dating Drew, a boy who is not only good looking, but kind and considerate. But not everyone in the Black Coats has the same agenda, and soon Thea must decide where the line between justice and vengeance lies, and on which side of it she is willing to stand.

Full of action, sisterhood, and romance, this book will pull you in and keep you turning pages to the very end. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

*Book listened to as Audio CD.

2019 Illinois Reads

Illinois Reads was introduced by the Illinois Reading Council in March 2013. The initiative encourages people to read books by Illinois authors. Each year, the program offers a new list of books at six different age levels. “Illinois Reads” kicks off in March and concludes in November with “Family Reading Night,” an annual statewide event.


Grades 9-12

A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

How to be an American: A Field Guide to Citizenship by Silvia Hidalgo

Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by Various Authors

American Panda by Gloria Chao


Grades 6-8

Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett

The Unsinkable Walker Bean and the Knights of the Waxing Moon by Aaron Renier

The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

It’s Not Me, It’s You by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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 Liar’s Daughter by Megan Cooley Peterson
Piper knows that Father is a Prophet. Infallible. The chosen one. She would do anything for Father. That’s why she takes care of all her little sisters. That’s why she runs end-of-the-world drills. That’s why she never asks questions. Because Father knows best. Until the day he doesn’t. Until the day the government raids the compound and separates Piper from her siblings, from Mother, from the Aunts, from all of Father’s followers–even from Caspian, the boy she loves.

The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen (The Bright Sessions, Book One)
Caleb is a champion running back. Other than that his life is pretty normal…until he starts experiencing mood swings that are out of the ordinary for even a teenager. Caleb is an Atypical, an individual with enhanced abilities. His ability is extreme empathy—he feels the emotions of everyone around him. His life becomes even more complicated when he keeps getting pulled into the emotional orbit of one of his classmates, Adam. As he and Adam grow closer, Caleb learns more about his ability, himself, and just how dangerous being an Atypical can be.

Stormrise by Jillian Boehme
If Rain weren’t a girl, she would be respected as a Neshu combat master. When an army of nomads invades her kingdom, Rain takes her chance to seize the life she wants. To avoid being discovered, Rain purchases a powder made from dragon magic to disguise herself as a boy. But when she starts her training she hears a voice inside her head—the voice of a dragon she never truly believed existed.

Hope Is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei
For Shamiso, struggling with grief and bewilderment following her father’s death, hope is nothing but a leap into darkness. For Tanyaradzwa, whose life has been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, hope is the only reason to keep fighting. As the two of them form an unlikely friendship, Shamiso begins to confront her terrible fear of loss.

SLAY by Brittney Morris
By day, Kiera is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. At home she duels worldwide in the secret online role-playing card game SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer. But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, the game is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals.

Next Week

Come and see live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats at the Incredible Bats show on Monday, October 28th at 6:30 p.m. All ages welcome.

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…

Contagion by Erin Bowman (Contagion, Book One)

When Nova, a young pilot, and Thea, a science intern, are chosen to participate in a rescue mission for one of their employer’s drilling teams, they assume it will be a standard response to faulty equipment. Only after they set out are they told they are going to Achlys, a planet on the fringe of the Union. And when they get there, what they find is far from standard. It appears that everyone on the planet is dead. But they aren’t. Soon the entire team, along with one lone survivor, are fighting for their lives against a host of blood-thirsty near-deads.

Told in alternating perspectives, this novel is part sci-fi, part horror, and all kinds of creepy. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy scary stories.

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

Featured Series

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

In these Victorian era historical mysteries, coroner’s niece Audrey Rose Wadsworth investigates gruesome cases with the assistance of Thomas Cresswell, her uncle’s assistant and her potential beau. These novels feature a strong female character and include plenty of twists and some steamy romance. Scattered atmospheric photos, drawings, and documents depict some of the clues in the case.

1) Stalking Jack the Ripper

2) Hunting Prince Dracula

3) Escaping from Houdini

4) Capturing the Devil (NEW!)

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 Starlight Claim by Tim Wynne-Jones
Four months ago, Nate’s best friend Doge disappeared near their families’. Nate secretly decides to make the treacherous trek to the remote campsite alone in a journey that’s half pilgrimage, half desperate hope he will find his missing friend. Instead he finds three men who have escaped from a maximum-security prison. Snowed in by a blizzard and with no cell signal, Nate is confronted with troubling memories and realizes that his survival now depends on his wits as much as his wilderness skills.

Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist by David Almond (Graphic Novel)
Joe Quinn has been telling everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one, that is, except Davie. Davie’s felt the inexplicable presence in the Quinns’ house and seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else . . . a memory of Davie’s beloved sister and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist.

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool (The Age of Darkness, Book One)
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Until one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared. All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. Five people might be the new Prophet. One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer?

City of Beasts by Corrie Wang
Glori is like most other fees her age. She adores her neighborhood’s abandoned Costco, can bench her body weight, and she knew twenty-seven beast counter attack moves by the time she was seven. But when her mother secretly gives birth to a baby beast, Glori grows to love the child. When her brother, at the age of five, is snatched in a vicious raid, Glori and her best friend, Su, do the unthinkable – covertly infiltrate the City of Beasts to get him back.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (Serpent & Dove, Book One)
Two years ago, Louise fled her coven and took shelter in Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted, feared, and burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.