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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.

Freya by Matthew Laurence
Sara Vanadi was once Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. Her power comes from belief, and for an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers are hard to come by. Then a shadowy corporation extends an offer: join them and receive unlimited strength and believers—or refuse and be destroyed.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
All Carver did was send a text. He had no idea it would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident—and neither can the police. Blake’s grandmother wants Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together, but not everyone is so willing to forgive. Can the goodbye days really help?

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
Gracie falls hard for A.J. A.J. likes Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! So happy, she helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. What could go wrong?

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief. Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Anya is plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. When her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own, she is forced to go on the run. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on her Quest.

 

Next Week

Wednesday, April 19 @ 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students in grades 6 through 12 can play a variety of video games, board games, and computer games in the Teen Corner on Game Days. Drop in any time.

Students in grades 4-12 are needed to volunteer for the Illinois Veterans History Project. Interviews with veterans will take place on April 22 at Hope Creek Care Center from 9:00 to 12:00. Anyone who wishes to take part must call the library to be scheduled. This event is part of the Project Next Generation grant and bus passes are available upon request.

A Librarian Reads…

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

When James moves from his new home in London back to Connecticut to attend boarding school on a rugby scholarship, he knows he’s going to have one friend there. After all, Watsons and Holmes have been friends for generations. Even though he’s never met Charlotte Holmes, he’s followed her crime solving career and imagined himself along on all her great adventures. In real life, however, Charlotte turns out to be as stand-offish as her great-ancestor Sherlock. When a boy at their school is murdered, however, Watson and Holmes become prime suspects and best friends in one fell swoop. As they race to discover the truth, clear their names, and try to stay alive, they discover that the true meaning of friendship might be the greatest mystery of them all.

Recommended for fans of mystery, especially Sherlockians, in grades 8 and up.

 

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Featured Series

Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

When Chloe Saunders sees a terrifying and grotesque ghost she has a breakdown and is sent to Lyle House, a group home. But soon bizarre situations start occurring at the house, not only to her, but also to the other residents.

1) The Summoning

2) The Awakening

3) The Reckoning

Around Town

Check out these events around town…

April 12 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

April 12 – Magic TGC and More! @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 12 – Teen Baking Project @ Silvis Public Library

April 13 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 15 – Book Explorers Senior @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 15 – Escape Room @ East Moline Public Library

April 17 – Creation Studio Drop-In: Personalized Bookmarks @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 18 – Young Adult After School Hangout @ Bettendorf Public Library

April 18 – Gaming Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Main)

April 18 – Teens! Learn how to JUGGLE! @ East Moline Public Library

April 18 – Cooking with Catalina @ Silvis Public Library

 

 

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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 for more information and to place a hold.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. Then Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As protests erupt, everyone takes a side. Everyone wants answers. What Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (Carve the Mark, Book One)
Cyra, sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people, has a currentgift—something her brother exploits to torture his enemies. Akos, son of a farmer and an oracle from Thuvhe, also has a currentgift. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack
Lawrence is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. Norwegian exchange student Spencer Knudsen has Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying Homecoming floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. But Spencer seems to have some answers.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the century-old murder will lead to painful discoveries. One hundred years earlier, a violent encounter propels Will into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey toward self-discovery.

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. Then Tommy vanished—erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Except Ozzie, who soon suspects that the universe is shrinking. Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.