A Librarian Reads…

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund

When a storm hits Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school, nearly everyone is evacuated before it is cut off by rising floodwaters. Those who are left hole up in Tudor House, once a girls’ reform school and now the most coveted dorm on campus. Everyone there has some kind of secret. Finn Plum has something going on in the chemistry lab. Orchid McKee’s past has just caught up to her. “Peacock” had a mysterious fight with the headmaster. Vaughn Green returns to the campus even though he lives safely in the village. Scarlet Mistry intentionally delayed her departure. And “Mustard” Maestor doesn’t want anyone to find out why he recently left his military school. But are any of these secrets worth killing for? When the headmaster is found stabbed, they will all need to pitch in to find out who killed him, in the hall, with the knife.

Inspired by the board game and movie Clue, this mystery novel is full of fresh characters, juicy side mysteries, and potential for all kinds of trouble. Highly recommended to readers in middle school and up who enjoy mysteries and stories told from multiple points of view.

*Book read as e-book through the Libby/Overdrive app.

Featured Series

Stranje House by Kathleen Baldwin

Banished to a boarding school to be reformed into marriageable young ladies in war-torn early 19th-century England, Miss Georgiana and her new friends are secretly entangled in a world of spies, diplomacy and romance.

1) A School for Unusual Girls

2) Exile for Dreamers

3) Refuge for Masterminds

4) Harbor for the Nightingale

Coming Soon!

Waiting for the next book in your favorite series? These books will be here soon. Click on the title for more information and to place a hold.


City of Stone and Silence by Django Wexler (Wells of Sorcery Trilogy, Book Two)—January 7

The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Truly Devious, Book Three)—January 21

This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada (This Mortal Coil, Book Three)—January 21

The King of Crows by Libba Bray (Diviners, Book Four)—February 4

Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian (Ash Princess, Book Three)—February 4

Storm from the East by Joanna Hathaway (Glass Alliance, Book Two)—February 11

A Librarian Reads…

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson

Jemma is very happy with her life. She loves her parents, who have been fostering her since she was two, and her brother and sister. And her aide, Sarah, is the best in the world. Jemma only wishes she could tell everyone how she feels. But her severe cerebral palsy makes it impossible for her to communicate. She’s never minded all that much–until Sarah’s boyfriend Dan comes around. He’s charming with everyone else, but Jemma sees the real Dan, cruel and dangerous. And when he confesses murder, Jemma needs to tell someone. There’s an adaptive communication device that might work for her, but will she have a chance to tell someone about Dan before it’s too late?

Told through Jemma’s eyes, this novel balances the horrors the world can throw at you with Jemma’s optimism and pure joy at simply being alive. Sensitive and realistic portrayals of differently-abled people and family types add another layer of humanity. Highly recommended for readers in middle school and up.

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.

Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin
Winnie knows she’s hilarious. But after bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, she has kept her jokes to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration. Then the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes and asks her to join the improv troupe. Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.

The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration by Wayde Compton (Graphic Novel)
Lacuna is a girl without a family, a past, or a proper home. She embarks for the fabled Northern Kingdom, where she might find people like her. The only way to get there is to travel the strange and dangerous Blue Road that stretches to the horizon like a mark upon a page. Along the way, she must overcome trials and at the end of her treacherous journey, she reaches a city where memory and vision can be turned against you. Finally, Lacuna learns that leaving, arriving, returning — they’re all just different words for the same thing: starting all over again.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis (The Good Luck Girls, Book One)
The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls–sold to a “welcome house” as children and branded with cursed markings. When Clementine accidentally murders a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things.

The Prophetess by Evonne Marzouk
The Prophetess tells a modern story about Rachel, an American teenage girl called to join a secret community of Jewish prophets. The story weaves Jewish tradition, mysticism, modern Jewish American life, and discovery of Israel into a coming-of-age story of a girl discovering her power and purpose in life. The book is targeted at young adults but is also very appropriate for all ages.

A Librarian Reads…

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking, Book One)

Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, still one month away from his thirteenth birthday. Then everyone will be men. Years ago the Spackle, the natives on New World, released a germ that killed all the women and gave the men Noise—all their thoughts and emotions sent out for all to hear and see. Animals have Noise too. This is just the way things are. But then Todd discovers a silence in the swamp. Something without Noise. When he tells Ben and Cillian, the men who raised him after his Ma died, their reaction is swift, unexpected, and terrifying. They say he must leave. Even with Noise, men can lie. And the lie all the men in Prentisstown have been keeping from Todd is bigger than anything he can believe.

Set in a world like ours but with unique differences, this book introduces a future and a new world that are frighteningly possible. With talking animals, strange creatures, a distinctive vocabulary, people both kind and hostile, Todd’s journey into the unknown is full of both danger and wonder. Be sure to have book two on hand to continue the story! Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy unusual world-building and stories about the future.

Featured Series

Every Day by David Levithan

A, a body-less, gender-less being, wakes up inside a new person’s body each day and tries to avoid altering the lives of the people they inhabit. But when A meets Rhiannon, they decide they want to be with her for more than just one day. This lyrical series explores Rhiannon and A’s relationship while touching on complex philosophical issues.

1) Every Day

2) Another Day

3) Someday