A Librarian Reads…

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger

Three years ago, Lee was one of six survivors of a shooting at her small, rural high school. Her best friend, Sarah, died in her arms. Lee has done everything she can to move past that moment, to get on with her life. Sarah’s parents have taken great comfort in the fact that their daughter died defending her faith. But that’s not what happened. And now that Lee, Miles, and Denny are getting ready to graduate, everyone who knows the truth about that horrible day will be gone. How can Lee set the record straight? Should she even try?

This book grapples with tough questions about truth and consequences. Descriptions of the shooting are not graphic, but may be disturbing to some readers. Recommended for mature readers in high school and up.


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.

For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig (For a Muse of Fire, Book One)
Jetta’s family is the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. Her puppets seem to move without string or stick. In truth, Jetta uses the forbidden old ways to bind the souls of the recently departed to the puppets with her blood. When the family earns a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, they hear rumors the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Now Jetta will face decisions that she never imagined.

The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart
Summer, 1982. Five friends discover an ancient stone box hidden deep in the woods. They seal inside of it treasured objects from their childhoods, and they make a vow: Never come to the box alone. Never open it after dark. Never take back your sacrifice. Four years later, someone breaks the rules of the box, and now everyone has to pay. But how much are they willing to sacrifice?

Aesop Lake by Sarah Ward
One warm May night at the town reservoir, seventeen-year-old Leda Keogh sees her boyfriend do something awful. She wants to forget it ever happened, but David needs her to be his alibi—and is willing to destroy her family if she refuses. Trapped, Leda must choose between the truth, her boyfriend, and her family.

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld (Impostors, Book One)
Frey and Rafi are inseparable…but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadows of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. When her father sends Frey in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal, Col, the son of a rival leader, starts to get close enough to tell the difference.

500 Words or Less by Juleah del Rosario
Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays. But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore.

A Librarian Reads…

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Maddie and Logan were inseparable as kids, and not just because his dad was the president and hers was a Secret Service agent. They were truly best friends, and thought they always would be. Then Maddie’s dad whisked her away to a remote cabin in Alaska. No phone, no internet, no Logan. Then six years later he’s there again—sent to Maddie and her dad to keep him safe and out of trouble. Of course, Maddie might just decide to kill him herself. All those years of writing to him and not getting a word back has changed her. She’s tough, competent, and doesn’t need anyone’s help. Which comes in handy when Logan is kidnapped and she’s the only one around to save him…if she doesn’t kill him first.

Maddie is a great character who defies expectations. Part friendship story, part survival story, this book is packed with a great balance of action and character development. Recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.

* Book listened to as audiobook CD


Who doesn’t love dragons? Check out these and other great stories featuring dragons in the Teen Corner. Click on the title for more information or to place a hold.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey (Wilde Island Chronicles, Book One)

The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins (Transference, Book One)

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Graphic Novel)

Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Scorched by Mari Mancusi (Scorched Trilogy, Book One)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Seraphina, Book One)

The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston (Dragon Slayer Oftrondheim, Book One)

Talon by Julie Kagawa (Talon Saga, Book One)

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Venators: Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls

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.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
Doris—a lone liberal in a conservative small town—has mostly kept to herself since the terrible waterslide incident a few years ago. Nell had to leave behind her best friends, perfect life, and boyfriend in Chicago to move to Alabama. Grant was the star quarterback and epitome of “Mr. Popular” whose drinking problem has all but destroyed his life. A summer job working in a store called Unclaimed Baggage brings them together, and they find that through friendship, they can unpack some of their own emotional baggage and move on into the future.

My Life Uploaded by Rae Earl
Millie Porter moved in with her dad, granddad, and aunty to escape her mum’s neat freak boyfriend. She’s finding this reality thing is hard, so she starts a blog with her BFF Lauren. Yeah, it’s usually only über-geeks like Bradley Sanderson who do vlogs. But soon Millie is juggling real life, online life, and a cat intent on her destruction as it happens. This is her life, uploaded.

The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas
Clare has been miserable since her exorcism. Her demon—simply known as Her—was like a sister to Clare. Now, she’ll do almost anything to get Her back. After a chance encounter with the son of the preacher who exorcised her, Clare goes on an adventure through the dark underbelly of her small Southern town, discovering its deep-seated occult roots.

The Second Life of Ava Rivers by Faith Gardner
When her twin sister, Ava, disappeared one Halloween night, Vera’s childhood became a blur of theories, tips, and leads, but never any answers. The case turned her family into tragic celebrities. Now she’s ready to start her new life at college in Portland, Oregon. Then a girl shows up at the local hospital. Her name is Ava Rivers and she wants to go home. Where was Ava all these years? And who is she now?

A Librarian Reads…

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

When Lucy was eight years old she was struck by lightning. She survived, but she was changed. For one thing, she became a math savant, able to do complex calculations and equations with ease. She also developed OCD, unable to sit unless she did it three times and hyper-alert about germs. Now twelve, she’s finished high school and even taken some college classes online. Then her grandmother insists Lucy attend middle school for a year. Lucy is determined to blend in and simply survive the ordeal, but while she can pretend not to be good at math, it’s harder to hide her compulsions. Before she knows it, Lucy has friends and a purpose she never imagined.

Recommended for readers in middle school and up.

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.

And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba’s pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself. As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.

Born Scared by Kevin Brooks
From the moment he was born, Elliot’s life has been governed by acute fear. The only thing that keeps his terrors in check are the pills that he takes every day. It’s Christmas Eve, there’s a snowstorm and Elliot’s medication is almost gone. His mum nips out to collect his prescription. She’ll only be 10 minutes—but when she doesn’t come back, Elliot must face his fears and try to find her.

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff (Lifelike, Book One)
When Eve learns she can destroy machines with her mind, she becomes a target for a group of puritanical fanatics, and with her new android best friend Ezekiel, faces cyborg assassins.

The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele
Penny, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy-next-door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other townspeople turn up dead in the woods. The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Pretty soon, Penny’s research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers.

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
Nita’s mother hunts monsters and, after Nita dissects and packages them, sells them online, but when Nita follows her conscience to help a live monster escape, she is sold on the black market in his place.