A Librarian Reads…

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Matt’s life started to fall apart the day he learned his mother had terminal cancer. Now that she’s gone, he’s missed several weeks of school and lost out on a job opportunity. His friends don’t know how to act around him. And his dad has started drinking again. He feels like his best opportunity is to work at Cluck Bucket, where at least there’s a cute girl working. But fate steps in and he’s offered a chance to work at a funeral home. It doesn’t seem like an ideal job, but Mr. Ray is kind and fair and pays well. And Matt soon finds another benefit; working at the funeral home gives him a chance to explore his grief through others experiencing the same thing.

This novel is highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who have experienced loss or have friends or family members who are grieving.


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.

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Princess Hesina of Yan has always never wanted the responsibilities of the crown. But when her father is murdered, she’s suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

Sanctuary Somewhere by Brenna Dimmig
Seventeen-year-old Osmel dreams of being a meteorologist. His world is shattered when he finds out he is undocumented. Osmel fears his dreams for college and career are now impossible. Then, ICE begins raiding the orchards his family works in. Will Osmel and his family ever find safety and peace in the place they call home?

Since We Last Spoke by Brenda Rufener
When Aggi and Max finally admitted their feelings for each other, it felt like love was beautiful and endless. Then their older siblings were in a fatal car accident, throwing their lives into chaos, including a restraining order between their families. When the two reunite at a party after a year apart, they find hope. Until tragedy strikes once more and tests everyone involved.

Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (Bloodleaf, Book One)
Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, she flees her country after an assassination attempt. Disguised as a commoner in a new land, she discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed and falls for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But her ghosts refuse to abandon her, and she is forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life.

Killing November by Adriana Mather (Killing November, Book One)
It’s a school completely off the grid, hidden by dense forest and surrounded by traps. Classes include everything from Knife-Throwing and Poisons to the Art of Deception and Historical Analysis. All of the students are training to become assassins, counselors, spies, and master impersonators. November quickly discovers that friends are few in a school where personal revelations are discouraged and competition is everything. When another student is murdered, all eyes turn to November.

A Librarian Reads…

Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

Chaya is only sixteen years old, but she’s already a seasoned warrior. As part of the Jewish Resistance in World War II, she has learned to smuggle, to lie, even to kill if needed to save her people. When a new girl, Esther, is added to her cell, Chaya doesn’t think she’s ready. And when their first mission together goes badly, she hopes the other girl will be sent away. But when the Nazis strike back against the Resistance, Chaya realizes she’ll have to accept any help she can get if she wants to continue her mission.

Recommended for fans of historical fiction and strong female characters 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.

A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending by India Desjardins
A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she’s got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point . . . the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It’s about life, love, and especially, hope.

Nick and June Were Here by Shalanda Stanley
Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, and Nick is a reluctant car thief. When June’s condition sends her to the hospital and Nick’s latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?

That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Kim and Teddy broke up. At least that’s what Phil thinks he overheard and then told Jess, Kim’s best friend. Jess told her boyfriend, Elvis, that he needs to be on Kim’s side. Especially if he wants to keep her as his girlfriend. But Elvis is also Teddy’s best friend. Now, Kim’s run out of school for the day. Jess is furious. Elvis is confused. And half the lunch period won’t talk to Teddy. Even the teachers have taken sides.

Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much.

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen A.F. Venable (Graphic Novel)
Amanda can’t figure out what’s so exciting about kissing. It’s just a lot of teeth clanking, germ swapping, closing of eyes so you can’t see that godzilla-sized zit just inches from your own hormonal monstrosity. All of her seven kisses had been horrible in different ways, but nothing compared to the awfulness that followed Kiss Number Eight.

A Librarian Reads…

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron has a lot in his life he’d like to forget: his father’s suicide, his own suicide attempt, his mother working two jobs to make ends meet, the way his brother hardly talks to him anymore… But it’s not like he’s ready to sign up for the Leteo procedure, which wipes out some memories and lets you have a fresh start. After all, he’s still got his friends and his girlfriend, Genevieve. Then he meets Thomas and his world starts to shift. Thomas is a great guy who gets him in a way no one else does. Aaron is pretty sure Thomas is gay, and it doesn’t take him long to figure out he is too. And that is something he needs to forget.

Recommended for 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.

Forward Me Back To You by Mitali Perkins
Katina is the reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California. Robin was adopted from an orphanage in Kolkata, India and is reluctant to take on his future. They meet in the most unlikely of places — a summer service trip to India to work with survivors of human trafficking. As bonds blossom between the travel-mates, Robin and Kat discover the healing superpowers of friendship.

Beast Rider by Tony Johnston and Maria Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider”—someone who hops on a train. He endures arrest, beatings, and being left for dead before being taken in by villagers who give him the courage for one last try. But when he finally gets to LA, he finds it isn’t the miracle he’d hoped for.

We Were Beautiful by Heather Hepler
It’s been a year since Mia was in the car crash that killed her older sister and left her terribly scarred. Mia’s memory of that night is spotty at best. She’s left with accusations, rumors, and guilt so powerful it could consume her. Sent to spend the summer with her grandmother in New York City, Mia meets Fig—blue-haired, friendly, and vivacious—who teachers her that redemption is always possible.

The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee
Stella’s brother has run off to Red Sun, the local hippie commune. Galliard has only ever known life inside Red Sun. When the two meet, there is something in the air in their small town. Literally. So begins weeks of pink lightning, blood red rain, unexplained storms… And a countdown clock appears mysteriously above the town hall. If this is really the end of the world, who do they want to be when they face it?

What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
Liv and Jory grew up resenting each other. Liv was a pageant queen, always in the spotlight. Jory, born with a partial facial paralysis, was left in the shadows. On the day Liv is set to sue her parents for emancipation, they mysteriously vanish. Now the siblings must work together as they unearth deep family secrets that force them to relive their pasts as they try to retain a grip on the present.

A Librarian Reads…

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Zuri has lived in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn her whole life and she loves it. She loves the noise and the people and love. What she’s less thrilled about is the way rich white people are moving in and changing things. When the mini-mansion across the street gets fixed up, she expects the worse. And the rich black boys who move in don’t disappoint. They’re handsome enough, sure, but also stuck up and condescending. But Darius seems to always be there, and as much as Zuri wants to hate him, she can’t deny there’s some kind of connection between them. With everything changing in her life, the last thing she needs is the distraction of romance. But sometimes life has its own plans.

This novel is loosely inspired by Pride and Prejudice but stands perfectly well on its own. The beautiful, lyrical language pulls you into a world full of love and music and joy. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as audiobook CD