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.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (Gumiho, Book One)
Miyoung has a secret–she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. After feeding one full moon, she crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. She rescues him, losing her fox bead–her gumiho soul–in the process. When a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous.

Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
Brody feels like nobody gets him. Then he meets Nico, an art student who takes Brody to Everland, a “knock-off Narnia” that opens its door at 11:21pm each Thursday. Here Brody finds his tribe and a place he belongs. But when the doors to Everland begin to disappear, Brody is forced choose between Everland and his family.

All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past. Then she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess, but then the two accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence.

Ordinary Girls by Blair Thornburgh
For sisters as different as Plum and Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, the two drift apart like they never have before. Plum, a self-described social outcast, strikes up a secret friendship with the class jock, while Ginny’s usual high-strung nature escalates to pure hysterics.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power. Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy.

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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.

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.

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.

A Librarian Reads…

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

For the first eighteen years of her life, it’s just been Sawyer and her mom. She grew up in an apartment over a bar, learned to fix cars and pick locks, and had periodic obsessions with things like medieval torture devices. It might not have been ideal, but she loved her life. Then her grandmother showed up out of the blue and offered her a deal: live with her for nine months and go through a debutante season in exchange for $500,000 toward college tuition and a chance to discover who her birth father is. Sawyer is reluctant, since her mother’s family turned their backs on her when she got pregnant at 17, but she’s willing to give it a try. Soon she’s swept up in a world of manicures and brunches and cocktail dresses—and blackmail. It turns out life isn’t so perfect for Sawyer’s cousin Lily and her fellow debs. Lucky for them, Sawyer knows a thing or two about the seedier side of life.

This novel starts in a “now” section, with four debs in jail. Going back and forth in time, you gradually learn how the girls got there and why. There are several engaging mysteries going on at once, combined with some hilarious and also heartwarming moments. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy complicated mysteries and stories about Southern life.

* Book listened to as an MP3 audiobook.