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Altered by Jennifer Rush

Seventeen-year-old Anna finds herself on the run from her father’s enigmatic Agency, along with the four teen boys the Agency had been experimenting on, as they try to make sense of erased memories, secret identities, and genetic alteration.

1) Altered

2) Erased

3) Reborn

Around Town

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.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi
After coming to America from Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration. Now she must deal with her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit’s west side, a new school, and a surprising romance, all on her own. When she faces an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (Timekeeper, Book One)
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time. Danny, whose father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years, is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time. Now he’s facing a series of bombing that threatens to ruin his chances of saving his father.

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Marin is waiting alone in an empty dorm room to reunite with her best friend Mabel. But will she finally be able to admit everything that happened before she left her old life behind and fled across the country?

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones
When her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to beg for her release. The Goblin agrees, as long as another maiden takes her place. Liesl agrees to marry him, and soon finds him to be kind, even encouraging her to return to her love of music. But even as they grow close, Liesl finds her old life fading away.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom (The Cruelty, Book One)
When her diplomat father is, Gwendolyn sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. As plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking she discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

A Librarian Reads…

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione Winters is a cheerleader in a small Canadian town where cheerleading is the biggest sport. They don’t just cheer at games but compete nationally. Part of their success is due to the annual cheer camp the school sends them to each summer. As co-captain in her last year of high school, Hermione knows this camp will be bittersweet. But when she wakes up in a hospital after the end-of-camp dance and learns she was drugged and raped, her entire senior year becomes a challenge. Luckily she has a great support system in her best friend, Polly, her parents, and her team. And she’ll need them when the rumors and accusations start to fly. Hermione is a cheerleader—not a victim.

Recommended for grades 10 and up due to mature themes like rape, abortion, and victim-blaming.

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2017 Alex Award Winners


The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002.

The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Edwards pioneered young adult library services and worked for many years at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Her work is described in her book Fair Garden and the Swarm of Beasts, and over the years she has served as an inspiration to many librarians who serve young adults. The Alex Awards are named after Edwards, who was called “Alex” by her friends.

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Daleina is determined to keep her family safe from vengeance-seeking spirits, placing her in the crossfire of an insecure queen and powerful spirits.

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
Fraught with explosive action, female assassins, teenage crushes, and even a cyborg, this fast-paced, dynamic story of revenge explores what happens to a group of woman hell-bent on defending the world from evil forces.

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burfor
After Diane Guerrero returned home from school one day to find her family deported, the 14-year-old went on to combat self-injury and suicidal thoughts, finish her education, and to become a successful actress and citizenship activist.

Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
Candid and thoughtful, Hart’s memoir details her difficult childhood and rise to internet fame.

Arena by Holly Jennings
Virtual gaming: Kali’s team is competing to win, not to die.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Sometimes kids disappear. Sometimes they come back. And when they come back, they need a place to go. At the Home for Wayward Children, everybody has a story, and some stories have better ending than others.

Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
Take the lead in this choose-your-own-adventure graphic novel. Fantastic, dense illustrations draw you into a Romeo and Juliet retelling like none other you’ve ever experienced. Romance isn’t dead and in the end, maybe Romeo and Juliet aren’t either.

Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus
A story of punk rock, first love, cancer and the incredible power of music to get us through the hardest times in our lives. Rufus details his brave fight for his life in this tender and contemplative memoir.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon
Simon explores the benefits of evolution, in these odd yet compelling stories that range from creatures adapting to find food to having sex.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach
He has no arms or legs. She has blood that is betraying her. They are the smartest people in the children’s hospital and the only ones who understand, and they take “star-crossed lovers” to a whole new level.

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 for more information and to place a hold.

Flicker and Mist by Mary G. Thompson
In Myra’s world, some people can flicker, or become invisible. Flickerkin are viewed with suspicion by the ruling Plats and can be put to death. Myra has never dared to use her inherited power. But when mysterious happenings begin to occur around New Heart City, she will have to decide where her loyalties lie.

Until I Break by Kara Bietz
Sam North has a bright future as a well as a problem that nobody else seems to see—Ace Quinn, his neighbor and teammate. For years, Ace has been bullying and harassing Sam. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger?

Infinity by Jus Accardo (The Infinity Division, Book One)
Kori is used to being the daughter of an army general. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away… That’s taking it a step too far. Cade watches Kori he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, she learns that her father isn’t who she thought. Now she finds herself caught between deadly crossfire and falling in love.

After the Fall by Kate Hart
Raychel often sneaks into her best friend Matt’s bed after nightmares, but nothing ever happens. That’s fine with Raychel, who is in a secret relationship with Matt’s brother, Andrew. As she deals with the classmate who assaulted her, the constant threat of her family’s eviction, and the dream of college slipping quickly out of reach, she needs Matt’s friendship more than ever. But Matt has secrets of his own.

The Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum
In Brattleboro, Vermont in 1913, Teresa’s beautiful voice makes her a hit in vaudeville. But her parents have given up life on the road, and her father wants her to drop out of school and work in the organ factory. An amateur singing contest offers Teresa a way out, but her journey to stardom is paved with danger.

A Librarian Reads…

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum  

When Jessie was fourteen she lost her mom to cancer. Two year later her dad came home from what was supposed to be a business trip and announced he’d eloped with a woman he met online. Now Jessie finds herself transplanted from her simple life in Chicago to living among strangers—including her own father—and attending a posh private school in Los Angeles. What she needs is a guardian angel. And she gets one. An anonymous email from “Somebody Nobody” offers support and guidance. Reluctant at first, Jessie comes to depend on SN as she navigates mean girls, new friendships, and a crush on an unattainable guy. Who is SN? Could he be someone she could love as much in real life as she does online?

Recommended for grades 7 and up.

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