A Librarian Reads…

iZombie: Dead to the World by Chris Roberson (Graphic Novel)

Gwen’s got a pretty good life—for someone who’s dead. She hangs out with her friend Ellie, who’s a ghost, and Scott, a werewolf (more like a were-terrier). Even having to eat brains once a month wouldn’t be so bad, despite their disgusting taste, if not for the fact that she absorbs the memories of the person. When she realizes her latest donation comes from a man who was murdered, she sets out to discover what happened to him, and discovers there is a whole lot more going on in the undead world than she ever imagined.

Fans of the shows iZombie, Supernatural, and Being Human will love the way the different paranormal beings work together. Recommended for readers in high school and up.


Featured Series

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

In this romantic and suspenseful fantasy series, Laia is one of the peace-loving Scholars who live in fear of the brutal Martial Empire. After her brother is arrested for treachery, Laia joins the resistance and goes undercover as a slave in the Empire’s military academy. Heart-stopping action and richly detailed world-building will engross fans of fantasy inspired by ancient civilizations.

1) An Ember in the Ashes

2) A Torch Against the Night

3) A Reaper at the Gates

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.

Afterimage by Naomi Hughes
After a horrific explosion levels part of the city, Camryn is the sole survivor. Amidst controversy, conspiracy theories, and threats from government officials, Camryn longs for the truth. But the only person who she can turn to is a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, Camryn has no choice but to trust him as they become embroiled in a plot that is bigger than either of them realize.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (The Mirror Visitor, Book One)
Long ago, The Rupture shattered the world into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each possesses a unique relationship to time. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides. Ophelia has an ability to read the past of objects and to travel through mirrors. Forced to follow her fiancé to the Pole, Ophelia soon learns she has become a pawn in a political game with deadly consequences.

Watch You Burn by Amanda Searcy 
Jenny doesn’t want to move to the creepy, possibly haunted town with her dad. But the cops are on to her, and she needs to get as far away from her hometown as possible and stay out of trouble. But Jenny still gets the itch to light a match and then watch it burn, something she’s had since an accident years ago. And now someone is watching her.

Kens by Raziel Reid
The Kens (Hilton, Roberts, and Carson) are the undisputed Queens of the school. Tommy knows he’ll never be like these shimmering images of perfection that glide through the halls. Then he gets a chance to join the Kens, just as he takes an interest in the handsome new boy, Blaine. When they decide together to overthrow the Kens, their plan takes a shocking turn.

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
Every seven years, the people of Three Graces send a sacrifice to the woods. The death of their “best boy” ensures seven years free from disease, blight, and pain. But this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early, and three, not one, will run into the forest as a sacrifice.

A Librarian Reads…

Refugee by Alan Gratz

In 1939, Josef and his family are forced to leave Germany when Hitler takes power. His father has already spent time in a concentration camp, and moving to Cuba is the only chance they have to stay alive and together. In 1994, Isabel’s family has suffered under Castro’s reign over Cuba. Her father has been vocal in his resistance, so when they get a chance to flee to the United States, they have no choice but to escape. In 2015, Mahmoud’s family has been living with the daily bombings in their Syrian home. When a bomb takes out their home, they decide it’s time to get out while they still can. Germany offers a chance for them to start over…if they can get there.

Told in three separate story lines, this novel explores the differences and similarities between these three refugee families. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy historical fiction.

Teen Journalists

Check out these books featuring teen reporters on the hunt for a great story. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Unspoken By Sarah Rees Brennan (Lynburn Legacy, Book One)

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Scream Site by Justina Ireland

The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele

Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

Feral By Holly Schindler

It Should Have Been You by Lynn Slaughter

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

The Date to Save by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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 Opposite of Innocent by Sonya Sones
Lily was only twelve when Luke left. Two years later, she can’t wait to see how Luke will react when he sees how she’s transformed. And when her mother tells her that Luke will be staying with them for a while, in the bedroom right next to hers, her heart nearly stops. His lingering looks set Lily on fire; when they’re alone, he kisses her. Luke would never do anything to hurt her…would he?

Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs
Six teens arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. Owen walks out, but the other five stay and complete the tests. Only later do they get a text from Own revealing the truth: the “tests” created “Phantom Wheel,” the most devastating virus ever made. And they are the only ones who can stop it.

Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White
Mackenzie has been best friends with Nolan for as long as she can remember. In their senior year, they know that everything will change as they head off to different colleges. They come up with a list of things they want to do together before graduation. But Mackenzie left the most important thing off the list: telling Nolan she loves him.

Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu
Stella lives with depression, and surviving her junior year is about the best she can hope for. Then she meets Kevin, a senior boy who understands what she is going through. As she grows closer to him she begins to neglect her friendships and responsibilities as her life spins out of control.

Things I’d Rather Do than Die by Christine Hurley Deriso
When the two most mismatched seniors at Walt Whitman High School find themselves locked in an aerobics room overnight, their confinement forces them to push past the labels they’ve assigned each other and they share a night they’ll never forget.

A Librarian Reads…

All We Can Do Is Wait by Richard Lawson

A bridge has collapsed. No one knows how many people were on it, who was injured, who has died. Jason and Alexa’s parents were on the bridge. So was Kate’s sister and Scott’s girlfriend. In the middle of the crowded hospital waiting room they are each alone, waiting to hear if their lives have changed forever. Gradually they find each other, and as they think about the paths that led them to this moment, they begin to find peace as well.

Told primarily through flashbacks, this story takes some work to piece together, but it is worth the effort. It’s a powerful story about relationships, honesty, and people supporting each other. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy emotional stories that unfold slowly.