A Librarian Reads…

Rayne and Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Best friends Josie and Delia host a cable access show where they showcase cheesy old horror movies. For Josie, it’s a chance to get to know about the business side of TV, her future career. For Delia, it’s a chance to reconnect with the father who walked out on her. But they both want something more. Deliah secretly hopes her father will see her show someday and come back to her. And as much as Josie loves doing the show, she’s feeling pressure from her parents to go away to college and take an internship with the Food Network. Add in Lawson, a hot MMA fighter who falls for Josie after appearing on their show, and life becomes incredibly complicated.

Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy stories with strong female characters, friendships, and references to obscure horror movies.


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.

A Librarian Reads…

I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall

When Jess goes to live with her father in the remote wilderness, she thinks she’s already survived the worst that life can throw at her. She lost her mother in a car crash that also left her scarred and broken. She can’t walk well and lives in constant pain. She really doesn’t think she’ll be able to survive the complete isolation, alone with a father she barely knows and still hasn’t forgiven for leaving when she was a child. But worse is yet to come. Her father has warned her about some men who might visit, and when they come she stays out of sight as he ordered. But then they kill her dad and burn down their cabin, leaving Jess on her own to survive the rapidly approaching winter. But she has something more on her mind than mere survival. She also wants revenge.

Recommended for readers in high school and up who like stories about wilderness survival and characters who overcome great obstacles.

* Book listened to on MP3 CD.

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.

A Librarian Reads…

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu

Twin sisters Iris and Lark are identical…but not the same. Lark is creative and optimistic and shy. Iris is fierce and loyal and impulsive. But they work together. They always have and they always will. Until they get put into different classes for fifth grade. Iris knows Lark needs her. But she never realized how much she needed Lark. To make matters worse, their parents have decided to enroll them in different after-school programs as well. For the first time in her life, Iris feels separate from Lark. She even starts keeping secrets, like not telling Lark about the giant crow she sees or the fact that she’s been going to a creepy antique store by herself. And this is not a time for keeping secrets…not when things (and even people) are going missing.

Recommended for readers in grades 5 and up who like stories with a little bit of magic, a few cats, and a lot to think about.