Tearjerkers: Books to Make You Cry

Curl up with one of these great books, but make sure you’ve got some tissues at hand and prepare to bawl your eyes out. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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.

Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian
In a land where magic is outlawed, eight criminals are sent to kill an ancient evil that plagues their kingdom. Larkin and her party must use their forbidden magic to survive what lies in wait. As she fights for her life, Larkin finds a light in Amias, a fellow outlaw with a notorious past. But as the dangers multiply and her band of felons are picked off one by one, Larkin must confront a terrible truth: They were never meant to return.

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a social media site where users upload cat pictures—a place she knows she is welcome. What Steph doesn’t know is that the admin of the site, CheshireCat, is a sentient A.I. When a threat from Steph’s past catches up to her and ChesireCat’s existence is discovered by outsiders, it’s up to Steph and her friends, both online and IRL, to save her.

Color Outside the Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna
This anthology is about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter. And it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. More than anything, Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

Firefly: The Sting by Delilah Dawson (Graphic Novel)
Saffron — the enigmatic rogue who captured the heart of Capt. Malcolm Reynolds — returns to the Serenity. But this time, she’s got no time for Mal, as she’s there to recruit the women of the ship to join her on a heist that has personal stakes for all involved.

A Librarian Reads…

Monk!: Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution by Youssef Daoudi

Many people have heard of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and other greats of 1940s jazz. But not enough attention and credit is given to Thelonious Monk, the pianist whose unique improvisational style gave rise to this new style of jazz music. And even fewer people know about Pannonica de Koenigswarter, a baroness whose love of jazz inspired her to use her wealth and position to support Monk and other jazz musicians who were down on their luck. Their friendship led to some of the greatest jazz music ever written.

This biographical graphic novel follows the lives of Monk and Pannonica as they overcame adversity in order to follow their own paths. Recommended for readers in high school and up who love jazz and biographies of musicians.

Featured Series

Order of Darkness by Philippa Gregory

In 1453, seventeen-year-old Luca Vero, accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, is recruited to help investigate evil across Europe but frees his first subject, Isolde, from captivity in a nunnery, and together they seek the one who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

1) Changeling

2) Stormbringers

3) Fools’ Gold

4) Dark Tracks

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.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (Dreamer Trilogy, Book One)
Ronan is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality. Jordan is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. Carmen is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer—and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
Allie has it all going for her—grades, friends, a close-knit family, and she’s dating Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim. As Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith.

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
Jemma knows who the murderer is. She knows because he told her. He thought his secret was safe because Jemma can’t speak or move. But Jemma observes all kinds of things about everyone around her. His secret is just one of them. And when a new technology means she may be able to communicate and reveal all she knows, Jemma no longer feels powerless in the face of this deadly secret. It’s a race against time before the killer acts again…or tries to stop her.

When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
When Ashton breaks Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer ever, she thinks her heart will never heal again. But over the course of the following year, Devon finds herself slowly putting the broken pieces back together. Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment of it as she prepares for a future studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls, Book One)
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers. As a deadly last resort, she can trade years of her own life for scraps of magic. Then children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit. She uncovers something worse.

A Librarian Reads…

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison

Long, long ago, a man named Klaus returned to his hometown of Grimsvig in the far north to find it a cold and joyless place. The Baron has forbidden anything that could make people happy, from wishes to toys, and the men toil day and night in the mines even though the town has enough coal to last for centuries. Klaus sees this, and is troubled. Back at his home in the wild, with his wolf Lilli by his side, he is visited by the shining family who show him what he must do. But delivering toys to children does more than just break the law—it starts a war between good and evil.

This graphic novel imagines the origin of Santa Claus as a man with a kind soul and a strong spirit, willing to stand up for what is right in the face of all odds. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy origin stories and Nordic folklore.


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.

Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
Moira has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Refraction by Naomi Hughes
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and Marty becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.

Gravity by Sarah Deming
When Gravity Delgado walks into Cops ‘n Kids, a no-frills Brooklyn boxing gym, and starts working with the legendary Coach Thomas, she joins a true melting pot of fighters. At the gym, she finds the unexpected: the father she’s never had in her coach, not one but two romantic prospects, and, most importantly, a love and skill for boxing. If she can stay focused, despite her troubled home life, she might just have a shot at the Olympics.

Day Zero by Kelly deVos (Day Zero Duology, Book One)
Jinx grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. All that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building with her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles. Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Cassandra has the best parents a girl could ask for. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.