A Librarian Reads…

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

When Conor wakes up at 12:07, he’s glad to be out of the nightmare. Then the monster comes. The yew tree behind his house has pulled itself up and come to pay a visit. At first, Conor assumes this is just a new, different kind of nightmare. But that doesn’t explain the yew leaves and berries he finds in his bedroom night after night. When he finally confronts the monster, who isn’t that scary compared to his real nightmare, Conor is surprised to find it wants to tell him three stories. So he listens to what the monster has to say—and his life will never be the same again.

This tale of loss, truths, and healing will appeal to readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories that really make you think.


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Featured Series

Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer

He looks like a regular guy, but Vladimir is a teenage vampire. Someone or something is always after him! Action-packed, fast-paced, and funny, the series takes the teen from eighth grade through high school. Each of the five books covers one school year.

1) Eighth Grade Bites

2) Ninth Grade Slays

3) Tenth Grade Bleeds

4) Eleventh Grade Burns

5) Twelfth Grade Kills

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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.

Miss E. by Brian Herberger
Bets is used to being the new kid. But moving to California in 1967 when her father leaves for the war in Vietnam is different. During a history assignment, the town’s most mysterious resident shares a secret with Bets that has been hidden away for decades. When a peaceful protest spins out of control, Bets is forced to reconsider how she feels about the war her father is fighting and her own role in events taking place much closer to home.

Bang by Barry Lyga
When Sebastian was four years old he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. That has been his only story for the last ten years, and he’s ready for it to end—the same way it started. Then Aneesa moves in down the block, and Sebastian can pretend to be normal. Will it be enough?

Missing by Kelley Armstrong
Winter wants nothing more than to leave Reeve’s End. Everyone does eventually. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. But when Winter finds Lennon left for dead in the woods, only to have him disappear again, she begins to question what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Sasha and Ray have grown up sharing everything, including three half-sisters from their parents’ previous marriages. But they’ve never met. When their older sisters decide it’s time for the whole family to get together, everyone’s lives will intersect in ways none of them ever dreamed.

Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
Summer is nearly over when Keeley discovers she and Talon have accidentally switched phones. Worse, he’s just left for football camp. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week. Soon the two are falling for each other, hard. But when true identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings stay the same?

Next Week

The Moline Public Library’s Summer Reading Program runs through July 29. Stop by the library to register and pick up your reading logs. Students in grades 6-12 will get prizes at three levels of 500 pages or minutes each, and can keep going for entries into the grand prize drawing.

Monday, June 12 @ 6:00
Students ages 11-18 can decorate cupcakes in an ocean theme and compete for prizes during Cupcake Wars. Registration is required. Sign up in pairs or make a new friend.

Wednesday, June 14 @ 2:00-4:00
Students ages 11-18 are invited to Afternoon Gaming every Wednesday. Enjoy a variety of video games, board games, and other activities.

A Librarian Reads…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

When Starr Carter was 12 years old, her parents gave her two talks. From her mom, she learned about the birds and the bees. From her dad, she learned what to do if a cop stopped her. Khalil must have gotten that talk too. But for some reason, when he and Starr are pulled over and he’s pulled out and patted down, he breaks one of the rules. It’s not smart to move while a cop has his back to you. Khalil opens the door to ask Starr if she’s okay, and takes three bullets in his back. Suddenly, Starr finds herself in the center of a controversy that threatens to rip her community apart. All she wants is to be left alone to grieve. Already walking the line between two worlds—her poor, black neighborhood and the mostly-white, privileged private school she attends—Starr finds balancing her two selves to be an even harder challenge. How can she stay quiet when her white friends call Khalil a gangbanger and say he got what he deserved? How can she speak out and put herself and her family at even greater risk?

This book takes a hard look at the harsh realities of racial inequity, intolerance, and police brutality, and pulls no punches. There is hatred, but there is also hope. There is prejudice, but there is also pride. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.


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Ocean Tales

Dive into one of these great ocean tales. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Living by Matt de la Peña (The Living, Book One)

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G.D. Falksen 

Adrift by Paul Griffin

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (The Given Duet, Book One)

Drowned by Nichola Reilly

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie (The Abyss Surrounds Us, Book One)

The Beast of Cretacea by Todd Strasser