A Librarian Reads…

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Will knows the rules to follow after a shooting. Never cry. Never snitch. Always get revenge. Only the first two had ever applied to him before. Now it’s his brother Shawn who’s been gunned down. And Will has no choice but to follow the rules. Right? As he takes the elevator down to the lobby to follow rule number three, people get in with him at each floor. People from his past, all of whom have been the victims of gun violence.

This novel in verse is haunting and thought-provoking. Reynolds never passes judgement, just lays out the facts. Highly recommended for readers in grades 8 and up.


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Around Town

Check out these events around town…

March 14 – Teen Gaming @ Davenport Public Library (Fairmount)

March 14 – Pi (π) Day @ LeClaire Community Library

March 15 – Fantastic Fabulous Felties @ Davenport Public Library (Eastern)

March 15 – HealthPoints: Growing Up and Healthy Eating @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 15 – Tween/Teen Minecraft Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

March 16 – Teen Tech Club @ East Moline Public Library

March 16 – HealthPoints: Hands Only CPR @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 17 – Teen DIY @ East Moline Public Library

March 19 – Manga Book Club @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 20 – Anime Night @ Rock Island Public Library (Downtown)

March 20 – Young Adult Tabletop Roleplaying @ Bettendorf Public Library

March 20 – Teen D.I.Y.- Fairy Gardens @ Silvis Public Library


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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.

Someone to Love by Melissa de la Cruz
Olivia feels the pressure to be perfect—get good grades, play the part of the politician’s daughter, and catch the eye of an older boy. But the need to do whatever it takes is a constant struggle. It will take nearly losing her best friend and even her life for Liv to learn that loving herself is far more important than earning the world’s approval.

Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler (The Runebinder Chronicles, Book One)
Magic has returned to the world. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place. Tenn is a Hunter who realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game.

You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Despite being twins, Adina and Tovah have little in common besides their ambitious nature. But one thing could wreck their carefully planned futures: a genetic test for Huntington’s, a rare degenerative disease that slowly steals control of the body and mind. When the results come in, one twin tests negative for Huntington’s. The other tests positive. How can they repair their relationship, and is it even worth saving?

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow (Remade, Book One)
Leon and his younger sister Grace have just moved to London from New York when news of an unidentified plague begins to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. People in the streets turn to liquid before their eyes, and what follows is a frantic hunt for a safety which may no longer exist.

Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
After being expelled from high school, Jane agrees to attend a completion program at Elbow River Community College as long as she gets to move away from home. She signs up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother, but for Elbow River Students. As the show grows into a local TV show with fans, Janes sees her chance to show her family—and the world—that she has what it takes to win.

A Librarian Reads…

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Meg is neither ordinary nor extraordinary. She’s an oddball who doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. But at least her family loves her. And she loves them. Even her father, who’s been gone for work for so long most of the town thinks he’s skipped out on the family. Meg is especially close to her four-year-old brother Charles Wallace, who is wise beyond his years. So when he tells Meg she can trust his new friends, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, and a boy from school called Calvin, she believes him. The next thing she knows they’re whisked away to another world on a mission to find Meg’s father. Because he hasn’t just been working, he’s been fighting against a darkness that threatens the whole universe. And now it’s up to Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace to help him.

While an older title, this books is sure to delight fans of science fiction. Be sure to read it before the movie comes out! Recommended for grades 4 and up.


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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 Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (The Hazel Wood, Book One)
Alice and her mother are always moving—always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. Then Alice’s grandmother dies and her mother is stolen by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. To retrieve her mother, Alice must ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan, and travel into the world where her grandmother’s tales began.

Kids Like Us by Hilary Reyl
Martin is an American teen on the autism spectrum living in France with his mom and sister for the summer. He falls for a French girl who he thinks is a real-life incarnation of a character in his favorite book. Over time Martin comes to realize she is a real person and not a character in a novel while at the same time learning that love is not out of his reach just because he is autistic.

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince by Luke Molver (Graphic Novel)
A time of bloody conflict and great turmoil. The slave trade expands from the east African coast. Europeans spread inland from the south. A charismatic young warrior prince emerges from exile to usurp the old order and forge a new, mighty Zulu kingdom.

No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear
A murder shatters the quiet town of Holcomb, Kansas in 1959. Suspicion falls on Nancy Clutter’s boyfriend, Bobby Rupp, the last one to see them alive. New Yorker Carly Fleming is an outsider who was close to Nancy. She and Bobby were the only ones who knew the real Nancy.
Determined to clear Bobby’s name, Carly dives into the murder investigation and ends up in trouble with the local authorities—and the whole town.

36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant
Hildy and Paul each have their own reasons for joining the university psychology study that asks the simple question: Can love be engineered? By the time Hildy and Paul have made it to the end of the questionnaire, they’ve laughed and cried and lied and thrown things and run away and come back and driven each other almost crazy. They’ve also each discovered the painful secret the other was trying so hard to hide. But have they fallen in love?

A Librarian Reads…

Beartown by Fredrik Backman*

There is a tiny town in the middle of the forest in Sweden called Beartown. The people there are a little different from their neighbors in the bigger cities. They keep to themselves and look out for each other. They speak rarely but say a lot. And they love hockey. The whole town is on edge as it gears up for the game that could change everything. Winning could mean a new rink, a new school, maybe even a mall—jobs and a future. And all this pressure is on the backs of a handful of seventeen-year-old boys. So it’s only natural that they think more of themselves than perhaps they should. They don’t need to follow the rules or respect their teachers. But what happens at a party goes too far even for them. And in the wake of a tragedy, nothing will be the same.

This is a complex tale told from many points of view, and it tackles very serious issues. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy stories about community, friendship, and social justice.

* Book listened to on audio CD


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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.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu (DC Icons, Book Two)
One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel.

Rules of Rain by Leah Scheier
Rain has taken care of her twin brother Ethan long before she even knew what autism meant. She’s always prepared—when her father abandons them, when her mother gets sick, when Ethan is tortured by bullies from school—Rain is the reliable, stable one holding them all together.Then one night her world is turned upside down by a mistake she can’t take back. As her new romance and carefully constructed life begins to unravel, she discovers that the fragile brother whom she’s always protected has grown into a young man who no longer needs her. And now, for the first time, she finds that she needs him.

Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
Carmel Fishkill lives in a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, or love. So she decides to fight back. She becomes Fishkill Carmel, deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook, and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. Then she meets Duck-Duck and his mother Molly, and soon they form a tentative family. But this fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill’s unstable mother — and by unfathomable tragedy.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
Maya is torn between her parents’ dream for her to live a proper Indian Muslim life and her own dream of going to film school and living in New York City. Then, in the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

Devil in Ohio by Daria Polatin
When Jules comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jules’ clothes, sleeping in her bedroom, edging her out of her position on the school paper, and kissing Jules’s crush. Then things get weird.