A Librarian Reads…

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Molly has had twenty-six crushes in her seventeen years—all of them unrequited. She’s never had the courage to talk to any of the boys, let alone tell them she likes them and risk getting her heart broken. After all, fat girls like her have to be careful. It’s not as easy for her as it is for her beautiful twin sister, Cassie. When Molly meets Mina, she knows Mina and Cassie would be great together. And they hit it off. Even better, Mina’s best friend Will seems to like Molly. If they got together all four could double date and Molly and Cassie wouldn’t drift apart the way sisters sometimes do. The only problem is that as hot as Will is, Molly can’t seem to crush on him. Not the way she’s crushing on her new coworker, Reid. He’s not exactly crush-worthy, at least not in the eyes of most people. But Molly finds his nerdy t-shirts and awkwardness cute. Should she go for the guy she’s supposed to want? Or the one she actually does?

Highly recommended for fans of sweet romance and sister stories in middle school and up.


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Featured Series

Angel Trilogy by L.A. Weatherly

In a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality, a ruthless teenaged assassin of angels falls in love with a half-angel half-human girl, with devastating consequences.

1) Angel Burn

2) Angel Fire

3) Angel Fever


Around Town

Check out these events around town…

October 11 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 11 – Magic: The Gathering Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 12 – Teen Marvel Movie Night @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

October 12 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 14 – Movie Matinee: Monster Island @ East Moline Public Library

October 17 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

October 17 – Teen D.I.Y.- Lip Gloss @ Silvis 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.

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Mercedes is an artist. Or was. With her abuela is lying comatose in faraway Puerto Rico and Mercedes secretly crushing on her best friend, Victoria, inspiration is in short supply. Then a piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate. Life at the Estate is great, but she can’t take anything, her art or new-found clarity, with her. Which life will she choose?

You Don’t Know Me but I Know You by Rebecca Barrow
Seventeen years ago, Audrey’s birth mother gave her up for adoption. All she has is a letter in a box at the box of a closet. But when Audrey realizes that she’s pregnant, she feels something in her heart crack open. She never understood the choice her own birth mother had to make. Now she finds herself in the same situation, facing the same questions and fears.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (DC Icons, Book One)
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory—and risks exile—to save a mortal. Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
Matt is a drug dealer and deadbeat who only gives 60%, according to everyone at his school. No one knows the only reason Matt sells drugs is to take care of his uncle Jack, who is dying of cancer. Amanda is the overly cheerful social outcast whose optimism makes Matt want to hurl. Stuck as partners during an after-school club, Amanda discovers Matt’s secret and is determined to help him find a way to give life 100 percent.

All Things New by Lauren Miller
No one knows about Jessa’s panic attacks or the therapy and meds that don’t help. Then a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible scars. She moves from Los Angeles to Colorado to live with her dad so she can heal. There she meets Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world.

Next Week

Tuesday, October 10 @ 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Anime Club is open to teens and tweens in grades 6 through 12 who love anime, manga, and all things Japanese. Drop by to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and make new friends.

Wednesday, October 11 @ 12:00-3:00
Students in grades 6 through 12 can enjoy a variety of video games, board games, computer games, crafts, and other activities at the Moline Public Library during After School Fun. Featuring Halloween crafts this session. Drop in any time. No registration required.

The Annual Teen Reading Challenge runs October 1-21. Students in grades 6 through 12 can keep track of how many minutes they read during the Challenge dates. Read at least 250 minutes and get a prize and an invitation to the Final Party on Friday, October 27 at the Davenport Library Fairmount Branch. Keep reading to be entered into drawings for even more prizes. See your local library to pick up a Challenge Log or print one out here.

A Librarian Reads…

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Jinny doesn’t remember anything from before the island. She doesn’t even remember coming to the island or what her first year there was like. It has been her home, and the other children her family. But now Deen is leaving, and Jinny will the elder for her final year before it is her turn to go. She doesn’t understand how Deen can leave or how she’s supposed to care for Ess, the little girl who is replacing him. She does her best, but she had no idea how much there was to teach Ess about living on the island. Like not wearing shoes, how find food, the rules about gathering at the stars and not leaving your cabin at night. Most especially, Jinny doesn’t know how to explain to Ess that someday soon she will have to leave too. And she wonders what would happen if she decided not to. They all know the rhyme: “Nine on an island, orphans all. Any more, the sky might fall.” Is Jinny willing to take that risk to keep ahold of her home and family?

This beautiful tale, which has made the long list for the 2017 National Book Award, will keep you guessing about what happened before and what will happen next until the very end. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy and survival stories in middle school and up.


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Blast from the Past

Check out these great historical fiction titles from the last century and you can impress your English AND history teachers! Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.



When Love Comes to Town by Tom Lennon

City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer



Mirrored by Alex Flinn

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park



The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

Girl On A Plane by Miriam Moss



Crazy by Linda Vigen Phillips

Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley

Death Coming Up The Hill by Chris Crowe



Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn



Salt to the Sea : A Novel by Ruta Sepetys

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith



Prisoner of Night And Fog by Anne Blankman

Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan

Vango. Between Sky and Earth by Timothée De Fombelle



The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters

The Diviners by Libba Bray



Blythewood by Carol Goodman

Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey



Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire