A Librarian Reads…

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

All Bri wants is to rap. Her father was a legend in Garden Heights before he was murdered. Bri doesn’t want to follow in his footsteps, though; she wants to stand on her own. When she gets her chance to battle in the ring, it looks like she’s finally on her way. But then everything starts going wrong. She’s involved in an altercation with the security guards at her school, her grades are dropping, her mom loses her job, and she finds herself distanced from her best friends. Her aunt helps her record a song, which goes viral, and causes all sorts of new problems. It also catches the attention of her dad’s former manager, who promises he can make all of Bri’s dreams come true. Only it’s not just her dream anymore, it’s a way to raise her family out of debt and save them all.

Fans of The Hate U Give won’t be disappointed in Angie Thomas’s second novel which explores complex issues with unflinching realism, but also offers hope. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as Audiobook CD


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.

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Robin of Locksley is dead. Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé. Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.

How Not to Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee
Nolan is sixteen, gay, and (definitely) still a virgin. He’s never had a boyfriend, or even been kissed. His big sister stages an elaborate “prom-posal” so Nolan can ask out his crush, but he freezes. So bad boy Bern offers to fake-date Nolan, which seems like a perfect solution. What he doesn’t think about is Bern’s ex-girlfriend, who seriously wants to kill him.

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. Then she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel. There she meets Daniel, who shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters
Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. But all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
Victoria knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights. Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria is trying to forge a future while keeping her past hidden. But some secrets won’t stay buried.

A Librarian Reads…

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Matt’s life started to fall apart the day he learned his mother had terminal cancer. Now that she’s gone, he’s missed several weeks of school and lost out on a job opportunity. His friends don’t know how to act around him. And his dad has started drinking again. He feels like his best opportunity is to work at Cluck Bucket, where at least there’s a cute girl working. But fate steps in and he’s offered a chance to work at a funeral home. It doesn’t seem like an ideal job, but Mr. Ray is kind and fair and pays well. And Matt soon finds another benefit; working at the funeral home gives him a chance to explore his grief through others experiencing the same thing.

This novel is highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who have experienced loss or have friends or family members who are grieving.

Featured Series

Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans

Michael Vey, a fourteen-year-old who has Tourette’s syndrome and special electric powers, finds there are others like him, and must rely on his powers to save himself and the others from a diabolical group seeking to control them.

1) The Prisoner of Cell 25

2) Rise of the Elgen

3) Battle of the Ampere

4) Hunt for Jade Dragon

5) Storm of Lightning

6) Fall of Hades

7) The Final Spark

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.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Princess Hesina of Yan has always never wanted the responsibilities of the crown. But when her father is murdered, she’s suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

Sanctuary Somewhere by Brenna Dimmig
Seventeen-year-old Osmel dreams of being a meteorologist. His world is shattered when he finds out he is undocumented. Osmel fears his dreams for college and career are now impossible. Then, ICE begins raiding the orchards his family works in. Will Osmel and his family ever find safety and peace in the place they call home?

Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener
When Aggi and Max finally admitted their feelings for each other, it felt like love was beautiful and endless. Then their older siblings were in a fatal car accident, throwing their lives into chaos, including a restraining order between their families. When the two reunite at a party after a year apart, they find hope. Until tragedy strikes once more and tests everyone involved.

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (Bloodleaf, Book One)
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, she flees her country after an assassination attempt. Disguised as a commoner in a new land, she discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed and falls for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But her ghosts refuse to abandon her, and she is forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life.

Killing November by Adriana Mather (Killing November, Book One)
It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. All of the students are training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. November quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November.

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Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

Chaya is only sixteen years old, but she’s already a seasoned warrior. As part of the Jewish Resistance in World War II, she has learned to smuggle, to lie, even to kill if needed to save her people. When a new girl, Esther, is added to her cell, Chaya doesn’t think she’s ready. And when their first mission together goes badly, she hopes the other girl will be sent away. But when the Nazis strike back against the Resistance, Chaya realizes she’ll have to accept any help she can get if she wants to continue her mission.

Recommended for fans of historical fiction and strong female characters 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.

A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending by India Desjardins
A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she’s got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point . . . the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It’s about life, love, and especially, hope.

Nick and June Were Here by Shalanda Stanley
Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, and Nick is a reluctant car thief. When June’s condition sends her to the hospital and Nick’s latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?

That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Kim and Teddy broke up. At least that’s what Phil thinks he overheard and then told Jess, Kim’s best friend. Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim’s side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy’s best friend. Now, Kim’s run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won’t talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.

Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much.

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable (Graphic Novel)
Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight.