A Librarian Reads…

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to bodies after death, this is a must-read. Doughty, a funeral director, gets questions about this topic all the time, and the best ones come from children. In answering thirty-five of her favorites, she also gives a lot of information about death, funeral customs, legal issues, and much more.

Though it sounds grim, this book is filled with humor. Short chapters make for easy reading. Highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who are curious about the realities of death or enjoy humorous nonfiction.

Featured Series

Remade by Alex Scarrow

Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumors of an unidentified plague in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week, the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.

1) Plague Land

2) Plague Land Reborn

3) Plague Land No Escape

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 Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful, Book One)
In 1872, New Orleans is a refuge to Celine after she’s forced to flee her life in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, she soon falls in love with the city; music, food, soirées, and—especially—to the danger. She soon catches the eye of Sébastien Saint Germain. But when the bodies of girls from the convent are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights.

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. But when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese chemistry soon sparks. But Ali’s mom forbids her to date Chase. As Ali digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda (The Aurelian Cycle, Book One)
Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. Then survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Lennon doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe things will be all right. And if that doesn’t work, five more times, and five more times… Kyler sees this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door where he fills his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor.

How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Middle child Minnie and her two sisters have always been able to get through anything together: growing up without fathers, living the eccentric artist lifestyle, and riding out their mother’s mental highs and lows. But when they lose their mother, Minnie wonders if she could lose everything: her family, her future, her first love . . . and maybe even her mind.

Next Week

Students in grades 4 through 10 can drop by the Library on December 9 between 5:30 and 7:00 to work on lap blankets and lap quilts to donate to a nursing home. No registration required.

Teens and adults can learn to crochet and make a trivet at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Supplies are provided. Registration is required as space and supplies are limited.

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…

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Frankie lives in an orphanage in 1941 Chicago along with her older brother Vito and younger sister Toni. They were placed their first when their mother had a breakdown, then again when she died. Their father visits, but even when he remarries there is no room to bring them home. Still, Frankie never expected her father to move to Colorado and take only Vito. Left behind with Toni, who seems to hate her, Frankie feels completely alone. But she isn’t, because Pearl is there, always there, watching over the girls even though she herself died in 1918. When Pearl meets Marguerite, the two share their tragic pasts and deaths.

The stories of all three young women weave together to create a picture of life in the early twentieth century. Living or dead, these women are always finding new doorways as they learn about themselves. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy interwoven stories and historical fiction.

Hungry for a Good Book?

Check out these books featuring teens cooking, baking, and of course, eating some delicious foods. (You might want to have a snack on hand!) Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

The Prank List by Anna Staniszewski

Love À La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

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 Grace Year by Kim Liggett
In Garner County, girls are banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. As Tierney’s grace year draws near, she realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements the girls must fear. It’s not even men who wait for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

Jackpot by Nic Stone
Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

Crier’s War by Nina Varela (Crier’s War, Book One)
Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired. Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village. When her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, she is charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer. She teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk and wields a sword meant for the one true king.

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose. A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper and Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone.