Reading Takes You Everywhere (Part Two)

Let reading take you around the world this summer. Be sure to check out the events for teens at the library, and some of these books to go with them!

Let’s Visit India:

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

For the Win by Cory Doctorow

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean (Short Stories)

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman


Let’s Visit Mexico & South America:

The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder

Playing for the Devil’s Fire by Phillippe Diederich

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

The Hummingbird’s Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

Game Seven by Paul Volponi



Around Town

Check out these events around town…

July 5 – DIY Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

July 5 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 5 – Tinker Lab: Crafting Instruments @ LeClaire Community Library

July 6 – Bored Games: 5 Second Rule @ River Valley District Library

July 7 – Hand Lettering 101 @ East Moline Public Library

July 9 – Libraries Rock! The Greatest Music of All Time @ Bettendorf Public Library

July 9 – Galaxy Slime @ East Moline Public Library

July 9 – Movie Matinee @ LeClaire Community Library

July 10 – Skate Party @ East Moline Public Library

July 10 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.

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.

Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch
Addie has been miserable about the one horrible thing she did. It doesn’t help that her brother keeps bringing it up, creating a gulf between them. Then, in Ireland for her aunt’s wedding, Addie discovers Ireland for the Heartbroken hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library. Suddenly she finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle with Ian and his cute, Irish-accented friend Rowan.

ANIMUS by Antoine Revoy (Graphic Novel)
The residents of a quiet Kyoto neighborhood have slowly come to realize that inauspicious, paranormal forces are at play in the most unlikely of places: the local playground. Two friends, a young girl and boy, resolve to exorcise the evils that inhabit it, including a snaggle-toothed monster.

The Handsome Girl & Her Beautiful Boy by B.T. Gottfred
Everyone assumes that Zee is a lesbian. Everyone assumes that Art is gay. When Art first meets Zee, he knows he’s found someone special–someone magical. Zee may not be able to see that magic in herself, but Art is bound and determined to show it to her. As they explore their own complexities in gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other.

Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine
Leena and Mishie are best friends. They delight in small rebellions against the Saudi cultural police—secret Western clothing, forbidden music, flirtations. But Leena wants college, independence—she wants a different life. Though her story is specific to her world, ultimately it’s a story about friendship, family, and freedom that transcends cultural differences.

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
Stella has waited her whole life to get off the floundering spaceship she calls home. So she jumps at the chance to be a governess on the Rochester. Hugo Fairfax, the captain, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind. Still, the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

Next Week

The Teen Summer Reading Program runs through July 28. You can read any book, magazine, comic book, or anything with words. Read 500 pages or minutes to complete each of three levels, then keep reading for entries into the grand prize drawings. Visit the library throughout the summer for programs, games, and events. Register in person or online at

Drop by the library on Thursday, July 5 @ 2:30-4:00 for Tween/Teen Afternoon Gaming, Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and computer games. Ages 11-18. No registration.

The Moline Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

A Librarian Reads…

The Missy Chronicles (Doctor Who)

Six stories about Missy, the latest regeneration of The Doctor’s nemesis The Master. As a woman, Missy’s evil tendencies have to find a new form of expression. She finds herself unwelcome at The Scoundrels Club, but soon makes the men there wish they’d treated her no differently just because of her sex. A mission for the High Council is meant to bring her under their control, but she soon turns the tables on them. A magic teddy bear, a time vortex, a secret club of women to change women’s role in history, and her final adventure reunited with her former self.

Fans of Doctor Who, and especially the show’s best-loved villain, as well as those who like stories about gender freedom, will love these stories. Recommended for readers in high school and up.


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Featured Series

Heirs of Watson Island by Martina Boone

After the death of her disfigured, shut-in mother, Barrie Watson moves to her aunt’s South Carolina plantation, which is guarded by an ancient spirit who cursed one of the island’s three founding families and gave the others magical gifts that become compulsions.

1) Compulsion

2) Persuasion

3) Illusion

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

June 28 – Teen and Tween Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

June 27 – Teen GamingDavenport Public Library (Fairmount)

June 28 – DIY Teens @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

June 29 – Movie & Ice Cream: One Crazy Summer @ River Valley District Library

June 30 – Homemade Drums @ Bettendorf Public Library

June 30 – Teen Elemental Art @ East Moline Public Library


Would you like your teen-friendly events listed here? Let me know in the comments.