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 Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina
Nothing’s been the same for Beth since the day she died. Her dad is drowning in grief. He’s also the only one who has been able to see and hear her since the accident. But Isobel can see Beth, too, and seems to be connected to the crime Beth’s father has been sent to investigate—a gruesome fire at a home for troubled youth that left an unidentifiable body behind. As Beth and her father unravel the mystery, they find a shocking and heartbreaking story lurking beneath the surface of a small town.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura
CJ loves helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop. She even discovers a knack for arranging the perfect bouquet she never knew she had. Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps during WWII—and soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Jay plans to coast through the last semester of his senior year. But when he discovers that his Filipino cousin Jun was murdered as part of the war on drugs, and no one in the family wants to talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines to find out the real story. Hoping to uncover more about Jun and the events that led to his death, Jay is forced to reckon with the many sides of his cousin before he can face the whole horrible truth.

The Missing Season by Gillian French
Whenever another kid goes missing in October, the Pender kids know what is really behind it: a horrific monster out in the marshes they have named the Mumbler. At least, that’s what Clara’s new friends tell her when she moves to town. She doesn’t really believe them, but as Halloween gets closer and tensions build in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark and dangerous in Pender, waiting to bring the stories to life.

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough
Harriet is the perfect student: smart, dutiful, over-achieving. Will is a troublemaker who’s never met an injustice she didn’t fight. When their swim coach’s inappropriate behavior is swept under the rug, they reluctantly team up to expose his misdeeds by creating Amelia Westlake—an imaginary student who helps right the many wrongs of their privileged institution. But how long can they keep their secret? How far will they go to make a difference? And when will they realize they’re falling for each other?

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Next Week

Looking for some great local entertainment? Join us for the Moline Public Library Talent Show on Saturday, August 17 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of amateur performers and vote for your favorite.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

After her mom died, Beth’s auntie promised she would see her again someday. But when Beth died, her mother wasn’t there. Her grieving police officer father was. And he could see and hear her while no one else could. Beth was sure this meant she needed to help him to get over his grief. When he is sent to investigate a fire in a remote town, Beth thinks helping him get back into work will be the ticket, even though it’s supposed to be an open-and-shut case. But the easy assignment quickly turns more complicated as more bodies are found and the town’s history comes to light. And at the center of it all is Catcher, a witness to the fire who can also see Beth and has a story too fantastic to be true, but is the truest thing Beth has ever heard.

This tale of magical realism from Australia tackles some very tough topics with insight and compassion. Catcher’s sections are told in verse, and the entire book is so captivating and fast paced that you won’t want to put it down. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

Check out these books featuring teenagers who must leave their homes, families, and friends to seek a better, safer life, and those who have risk losing what they have found. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin

Something In Between by Melissa De La Cruz

Sanctuary Somewhere by Brenna Dimmig

Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Cold White Sun by Sue Farrell Holler

Beast Rider: A Boy’s Journey Beyond the Border by Tony Johnston and María Elena Fontanot De Rhoads

Between Two Skies by Joanne O’sullivan

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Escape Room!

Contratulations to everyone who escaped our Haunted Movie Theater Escape Room.

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 Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven (Izzy O’Neill, Book One)
Izzy is an aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says. Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off, but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the center of a national scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not going to start now.

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Reza has just moved to the city and is terrified that someone will guess his secret. Reza knows he’s gay, but all he knows of gay life are the media’s images of men dying of AIDS. Judy is an aspiring fashion designer who worships her uncle Stephen, a gay man with AIDS. Art is Judy’s best friend, their school’s only out and proud teen. Reza and Judy start dating, but Reza finds himself growing closer to Art.

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
Winnie spends the summer before college working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. She dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Her solution is to win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter.

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas
In Samsboro, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym. Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. He’s always been known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Can the two come together to break free from a legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante
Marisol has always dreamed of being American, but she never imagined fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal.” When she and her sister are caught, Marisol is sure their asylum will be denied. Then she is given a chance to be a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life.

Next Week

The Write Now! Writers Group is open to teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings take place on the first and third Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the Moline Public Library 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages (double spaced) of a current writing project to share with the group for advice and feedback.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library