A Librarian Reads…

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas and Molly Muldoon (Graphic Novel)

Jesse would much rather be working on her fashion designs this summer, but her parents have decided to send her to a weight-loss camp instead. The other campers and counselors have a long history together, which makes her feel even more out of place. Then one night she sneaks out to buy a black-market candy bar and ends up witnessing a murder. As she joins Kate, Noah, and Tony to try to figure out what to do, the mystery deepens.

This graphic novel showcases many different kinds of people with very different views about body issues, which is refreshing. The mystery almost takes backstage to the developing friendships, but it’s an entertaining read. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who like body-positive stories, graphic novels, and not-too-complicated mysteries.


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.

I’m Not Missing by Carrie Fountain
When Miranda’s mother abandoned her, she found shelter in her friendship with Syd. When Syd runs away, Miranda is abandoned once again, left to untangle the questions of why Syd left, where she is—and if she’s even a friend worth saving. Forced to step out from Syd’s shadow, Miranda finds herself stumbling into first love and learning what it means to be not missing in her own life.

Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth
Carson is entering his senior year and is desperate to make his mark by winning the local Battle of the Bands. But things keep getting in the way—like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot. Maggi is dying to stop making the same traditional artwork her family sells to tourists and to stop being treated like a child. Carson and Maggi navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love.

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Clara lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes a joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

Behind These Hands by Linda Vigen Phillips
Claire learns she’s won a prestigious music contest shortly after finding out her younger brothers have a rare neurodegenerative disorder. How can she find joy in her music now that her brothers are succumbing to an early and ugly death? After meeting a centenarian with a unique musical past and only one regret in life, Claire finds a new way to express herself musically while celebrating the lives of her dying brothers.

Price of Duty by Todd Strasser
Everyone says Jake Liddell is a hero. The military is even awarding him a Silver Star for his heroic achievements. Now he’s home, recovering from an injury, but it seems the war has followed him back. He needs pills to get any sleep, a young woman is trying to persuade him into speaking out against military recruitment tactics, and his grandfather is already urging him back onto the battlefield. He doesn’t know what to do; nothing makes sense anymore.

A Librarian Reads…

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen all have secrets to hide—secrets they have to hide if they want to survive high school. When they get the chance to visit Boulder House for a senior class trip, they each have their own reasons for signing up. Or are they their own reasons? The Boulder House has a dark and secret past, with whispers of demons and missing persons and horrors untold. When the five teens find themselves separated from their group, they learn the deadly truth about the House—and each other.

Atwood has created a creepy setting where these teens must look deep within themselves and confront their darkest secrets. Recommended for readers in high school and up who like horror and mystery.


Featured Series

The Infinity Division by Jus Accardo

When Kori discovers her father is the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions, she finds herself caught in a deadly crossfire as someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge.

1) Infinity

2) Omega

3) Alpha

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.

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade before her mother died and she moved in with him. Just as they started to reconnect, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. Now she’s alone in the wilderness. With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Questions I Want to Ask You by Michelle Falkoff
Pack is quite happy with his life. He’s got a great girlfriend, his single dad is his best friend, and he’s got a job lined up for after graduation. Then he gets a letter from his mother that turns his whole life upside down. Pack hits the road, searching for a mother he’s never known and a family he had no idea existed until now. And by the end of the summer, Pack has a whole different understanding of his past—and most importantly, where he wants his future to lead.

Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager (Emma Nash, Book One)
After months of wallowing, stalking her ex online and avoiding showering, Emma’s ready to own her newly single status, get out with her friends and chronicle her dating adventures on her private blog. But life online doesn’t always run smoothly. Stumbling upon her mother’s Tinder dating profile, getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why her ex-boyfriend Leon’s not worth any girl’s time were disasters. But surely nothing else can go wrong?

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman
Elise and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village after her brother’s death in Afghanistan. When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is visiting the U.S. with his family, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more. But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
Adrienne is thrilled at the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school. Debunking her stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness is just a bonus. Then disaster strikes, and Adrienne finds herself held captive by the family she was convinced didn’t exist. Her best hope for escape is to act like she cares about them, even if it means wooing the youngest son.

A Librarian Reads…

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge (Graphic Novel)

Years ago, the king and queen of the fay switched their own child with the human boy Edmund. Raised more as a pet than a person, and referred to only as The Human Childe, the boy nevertheless grew to love his fay parents and the world Below. Meanwhile, the fay prince has lived as a human, with parents and a sister who love him. But he knows he’s different and lives in constant fear of his true identity being discovered. When the evil Hawthorne overthrows her brother the king, The Human Childe escapes. And the only person he has to turn to is his changeling. Edmund doesn’t want to leave his family and his human life, but when the world Below comes Above, both boys know they must save those they care about—family or not.

Beautiful illustrations bring a lot of life to this fun story. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy fantasy and graphic novels.


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.

Phoebe Will Destroy You by Blake Nelson
Nick’s mom is both a bestselling author and a serious alcoholic, with no clue how to relate to her son or husband. Hoping to get a break from his stressful home life, Nick spends the summer with his uncle in Seaside, Oregon. There he meets local legend, Phoebe Garnet—funny, sexy, but dangerously self-destructive. Why does Nick love her so much? Will he survive this obsession? And who can he turn to for help?

Like Never and Always by Ann Aguirre
When Liv wakes in the hospital she finds herself in the body of best friend Morgan. Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. But when your best trick is making schoolwork disappear, how do you possibly romance a genius?

Fum by Adam Rapp
Over seven feet tall and with a newfound ability to sense future events, Corinthia is a force of nature. When she predicts with terrifying accuracy the outcome of a tornado that will hit her high school, she finds herself at the epicenter of another kind of storm entirely. And as things get stranger and stranger — both in her small town and her own home — lives start to intersect in ways even Corinthia can’t foresee.

Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (Graphic Novel)
Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danielle. Now that she’s in seventh grade her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is completely lost. When she inherits a magical sketchbook from her eccentric great aunt Elma, she draws Madison, an ideal best friend that springs to life right off the page! But even when you create a best friend, it’s not easy navigating the ups and downs of relationships.