A Librarian Reads…

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Graphic Novel)

Like many children today, Jarrett was raised by his grandparents instead of his parents. His father was not in the picture, and for reasons unknown to him at the time he was not allowed to be with his mother. He chronicles his early life in this graphic biography, talking frankly about his grandparents’ drinking problems, the troubled relationship within the family, and the day he found out his mother was a heroin addict. But mostly this book focuses on hope and the joy he found in drawing as a way to connect with the people in his life.

This story deals with some very serious and heavy issues, but is not in a graphic or excessive manner. Recommended for mature readers in eighth grade and up who enjoy true stories about overcoming obstacles.


Featured Series

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Through twists and turns of fate, orphaned Mary seeks knowledge of life, love, and especially what lies beyond her walled village and the surrounding forest, where dwell the Unconsecrated, aggressive flesh-eating people who were once dead.

1) The Forest of Hands and Teeth

2) The Dead-Tossed Waves

3) The Dark and Hollow Places

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.

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Echo’s safe world falls apart after her mysteriously disappears. She finds him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf invites Echo to come live with him for a year. There, she discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them.

Unnatural Disasters by Jeff Hirsch
Lucy and her boyfriend have been planning an epic post-graduation trip for months, despite the unstable world they live in. But when everyone’s phones start to ring during prom, Lucy knows something terrible has happened—something new. Decades of climate change have taken their toll, religious extremism is spreading, refugees have nowhere left to turn, and terrorism is common. But this is worse. Far worse.

Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels
Twins Ty and Cory are on the run, but when they find a dying deer next to tire tracks going off the road, they know they have to help. When they reach the wrecked car the driver has escaped. Then they hear a sound coming from the trunk. What they discover inside puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares.

The Me I Meant to Be by Sophie Jordan
Willa has always secretly loved her next-door neighbor Zach. But as her best friend’s boyfriend, he was always off-limits and the girl code says it needs to stay that way, even though they just broke up. Flor has a lot on her plate: her breakup with Zach, her dad’s new dating life, and her struggling grades…and her crush on hot, know-it-all tutor. The girl code says she should tell Willa. Two friends. Two secrets. One code that might need to be broken.

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America
Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

A Librarian Reads…

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

In the year 2118, a giant tower covers what used to be Central Park. It is a thousand stories tall and has anything anyone could ever need: homes, stores, hospitals, schools, even parks. The higher you go, the fancier—and more expensive—everything is. Avery lives at the very top and seems to be perfect in every way. Just a few floors below her are her best friends Leda and Eris. Far below them live Watt and Rylin. Secrets, lies, and desperation bring them all together, until one of them pays the ultimate price.

An intriguing possible future, this books shows that while our surrounding may change, human nature really doesn’t. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy books about the dark underside of glamorous lives.


Witches aren’t just for Halloween! Keep warm with these tales of witches and witchcraft. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch, Book One)

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf

A Fiery Friendship by Lisa Fiedler (Ages of Oz, Book One)

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull (The Hawkweed Prophecy, Book One)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas, Book One)

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling

Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes

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.

Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal (The Necromancer’s Song, Book One)
Naya is on a trading mission in Ceramor when she is murdered, and resurrected by a necromancer as one of the “undead,” bound to her former body by mysterious magic runes, an abomination in her homeland of Talmir–she has been effectively recruited as a spy for Talmir, and soon finds herself embroiled in politics, kidnapping, and murder, and facing the truth that she can never go home again.

Black Wings Beating by Alex London (Skybound, Book One)
In Uztar birds of prey are revered and their falconers honored above all others. Brysen strives to be a great falconer–while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts for the sport and wishes to be free of falconry. She’s nearly made it out, too, but a war is rolling toward their home in the Six Villages, and no bird or falconer will be safe.

Skating Over Thin Ice by Jean Mills
Imogen St. Pierre, a talented piano prodigy who is painfully awkward socially, meets Nathan McCormick, a hockey phenom who lets his anger get the best of him on the ice, and the two find a special, but dangerous, connection.

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo
All the girls in Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas have special talents. Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse, and certainly don’t make their lives any easier. But sometimes friendship is more powerful than curses, and sometimes what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

Words We Don’t Say by K.J. Reilly
High school junior Joel Higgins grapples with the aftermath of a tragic loss. He can’t talk to anyone, especially his crush, so he uses unsent text messages to express himself. But as Joel spends more time at the soup kitchen he forms bonds with the people he serves there-including a veteran they call Rooster-and begins to understand that the world is bigger than his own pain.

A Librarian Reads…

Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Volume One by John Layman

Tony Chu is a cibopath. When he eats he gets a psychic vision of that thing’s past. If it’s a fruit he can see where it was grown, what pesticides were used on it, when it was picked. If it’s an animal, the visions can be pretty gruesome. When he accidentally eats soup containing the chef’s blood, and realizes the chef is a serial killer, his secret is exposed. Luckily, the FDA has use for his gift. In a future where poultry has been outlawed following a bird-flu epidemic, they are just about the highest law in the land. Now Tony is caught up in an international conspiracy involving fruit, frogs…and a vampire.

While a bit gruesome at times, there is enough humor to keep this graphic novel entertaining. Recommended to readers in high school and up who enjoy light-hearted stories with a side of gore and violence.