2019 Margaret A. Edwards Award


The Margaret A. Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author’s work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world.

M.T. Anderson wins 2019 Edwards Award for FeedThe Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party, and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves

M.T. Anderson is a powerful force in the field of literature for teens. His creativity, wit and intelligence distinguish him and inform the body of his work, which is further notable for its artful variety, whether it be his fiercely satirical “Feed” or his monumental two-volume “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation.”

“M.T. Anderson is a true nonpareil, demonstrating an extraordinary facility for writing in a variety of forms and genres, standing virtually alone in his creative venturesomeness and bold innovation,” said Edwards Committee Member Michael Cart.


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.

All Is Fair by Dee Garretson
It’s 1918, and war is raging across Europe. Mina, who’s been trained to be a proper English lady, wants to help in a way that matters. When she receives a telegram that’s written in code, she finally has her chance to do something big. She returns to her childhood home, joined by Lord Andrew Graham, and a dashing and mysterious young American, Lucas. The three of them must band together to work on a dangerous project that could turn the tide of the war.

The Fever King by Victoria Lee (Feverwake, Book One)
In the former United States, Noam wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks, and an offer to work for the minister of defense offers a way to make a change. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith
Hugo is determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. The only problem is the other ticket is in his recently-ex-girlfriend’s name. So he offers the ticket to anyone with the same name. When Mae and Hugo meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for.

Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed
Janelle and Alyssa used to be BFFs — but not anymore. Alyssa became leader of the shallowest girls in school while Janelle got involved in activism with new, true friends. Then Alyssa’s diabetes becomes the talk of the school. It’s turned life-threatening; without a kidney transplant, her chances are not good. When Janelle discovers she’s a rare, perfect match with Alyssa, community feuds and accusations push the girls further apart. Will the match bring the girls back together, or drive them apart for good?

The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales by Ailsa Wild (Graphic Novel)
France, 1916. While treating a patient with dysentery, Sister Annie Barnaby encounters a strain of lethal bacteria. As the invaders journey deep into her gut, the resident microbes must fight to survive. Annie’s life hangs in the balance. Enter the phage, deadly predators, ready to wage war to protect their host.

Featured Series

Dream Walker by Kit Alloway

Seventeen-year-old Joshlyn Weaver is doubting her ability to serve as a member of a secret society whose members enter the Dream universe and battle nightmares, when strangers with impossible powers begin appearing in the Dream, endangering her apprentice, Will, and the whole World.

1) Dreamfire

2) Dreamfever

3) Dream Forever

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 Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Melati looks like your typical moviegoing, Beatles-obsessed teen. But Mel also believes that she harbors a djinn inside her, one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s death unless she adheres to an elaborate ritual of counting and tapping to keep him satisfied. She does her best, but on the evening of May 13th, 1969, racial tensions in her home city of Kuala Lumpur boil over. The Chinese and Malays are at war, and Mel and her mother become separated by a city in flames.

Following by Jeffry W. Johnston
Alden likes to follow people. He’s not trying to be a creep, he just wants to be an investigator someday, and it’s good practice. But spying on people comes with risks…like seeing popular Greg Matthews seemingly murder his girlfriend, Amy, behind the school. But the facts aren’t adding up, especially because Amy turns up a few days later…alive. Now Alden has to figure what he could have seen… and what secrets Greg is hiding.

If You’re Out There by Katy Loutzenhiser
Zan is baffled and crushed when her best friend Priya stops talking to her after moving away. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all. Everyone tells Zan to let Priya go, but when she discovers a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie, Zan knows there’s more going on that anyone wants to admit.

Tin Heart by Shivaun Plozza
When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup.

National Poetry Month

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the books of poetry and novels-in-verse. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Bull by David Elliot

The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman

The Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill

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.

Awake in the World by Jason Gurley
To Zach, the oil rigs are a reminder of loss—his father, an oil worker who drowned years before. With his family struggling to make ends meet, Zach’s future feels equally bleak. Then he meets Vanessa, an optimistic girl whose sights are literally set on the stars. Inspired by her idol, Carl Sagan, she plans to study astronomy at Cornell. But as oil prospectors in search of black gold know, the future is uncertain . . . and fortunes can always be flipped.

The Disasters by M.K. England
Hotshot pilot Nax has a history of making poor choices. So it’s not a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But his one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape. Now they’re on the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, and must execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson
A year ago, Brooke’s older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. When she runs into Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, she finds they both need someone to talk to, and before long they develop feelings for each other that they must keep secret. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, everything changes.

Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice
Emily’s best friend Lizzie died last year, and she hasn’t stopped grieving. When Lizzie’s parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily’s heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something crazy. Suddenly, Emily’s life is hurtling toward a very dark place—and she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

Wilder by Andrew Simonet
Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhilarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping.

Featured Series

Mickey Bolitar by Harlan Coben

After tragic events tear Mickey Bolitar away from his parents, he is forced to live with his estranged Uncle Myron and switch high schools, where he finds both friends and enemies, but when his new girlfriend, Ashley, vanishes, he follows her trail into a seedy underworld that reveals she is not what she seems to be.

1) Shelter

2) Seconds Away

3) Found