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Verify by Joelle Charbonneau

Meri always dreamed of following in her mother’s footsteps as an artist for the City Pride program. That dream was cut short when her mother was killed in an accident. But really, it had been dwindling for a while, since her mother started acting distant. Now Meri’s world revolves around trying to keep her father sober and looking for meaning in her mother’s final set of paintings. But when she is given a word on a piece of paper—actual paper—she sets off a chain reaction that leads her to question everything she’s ever known.

Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy dystopian stories.

* Book listened to on audio CD

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.

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true? Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike.

Found by Joseph Bruchac
On his way to teach at Camp Seven Generations, a Native outdoor school, Nick witnesses a murder and then is thrown off a train. Although his pursuers have modern technology, Nick has the teachings of his Abenaki elders. In addition to the skills he’s learned, he has an ally in the natural world around him.

Into the Pit by Scott Cawthon (Five Nights at Freddy’s: Fazbear Frights, Book One)
What do you wish for most? Oswald wishes his summer wasn’t so boring, Sarah wishes to be beautiful, and Millie wishes she could just disappear from the face of the earth. But in the twisted world of Five Nights at Freddy’s, their hearts’ deepest desires have an unexpected cost.

The Feminist Agenda of Jemima Kincaid by Kate Hattemer
Jemima Kincaid is a feminist, and she thinks you should be one too. Her private school is laden with problematic traditions, but the worst of all is prom. Then she’s named to Senior Triumvirate, along with two uber-popular kids, and the three must organize prom. Jemima proposes a Last Chance Dance: every student privately submits a list of crushes to a website that pairs them with any mutual matches.

Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn (Graphic Novel)
Cassandra is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn’t mean she has to stay that way, right? After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she learns everything she can about her favorite hero–Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn’t been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass’s father threatens the world she has grown to love, she’ll have to step out of the shadows and overcome that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

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Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Chuna is happy living in South Korea with her mother in the 1990s. So when a trip to visit friends in Alabama turns into a permanent stay with a new stepfather, she is devastated. Her new stepsister and step-cousins already know about American life, and other than advice to change her name to Robin, they are no help. As Robin gradually learns English, she feels even more out of place than before. Knowing how upset she is, her mother finds her a cartoon drawing class where Robin finally makes some real friends. But just as she starts to settle in, everything changes again.

This illustrated memoir highlights the difficulties immigrants face in adjusting to a new language and a new way of life. Robin has the added difficulty of a new family, but her love of drawing helps her in even the darkest hours. Recommended for readers in middle school in up with an interest in immigrant stories and biographies of artists.

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 Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, Book One)
Five years ago, Andie was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden.

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
In the summer of 1727, a group of men and boys are put ashore on a remote sea stac to harvest birds for food. No one returns to collect them. Why? Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they have been abandoned to endure storms, starvation and terror. And how can they survive, housed in stone and imprisoned on every side by the ocean?

Wildfire by Carrie Mac
Annie and Pete are heading out on a ten-day backpacking trip through the mountains of Washington State, ending at Fire Camp, where they’ll learn to fight the area’s growing wildfire problem. A freak climbing accident interrupts their progress, and as the wildfires close in and smoke envelops them, Annie and Pete wander farther from the trail.

How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian
All Izzy wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. When her widowed mom moves their family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new school and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzy’s family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move into a brand-new house. Izzy is this close to the community and permanence she’s been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.

The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz (Queen’s Secret, Book One)
Caledon is the Renovia’s deadliest weapon. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge. Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia.

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria lives in a nearly perfect world. Sure, the pod is small and dull, but that’s why they have the realms, virtual places where anything and everything is possible. She has no idea why anyone would want the real world. But when a party goes terribly wrong, she finds herself out in that world. There she meets Perry, an outsider with an unusual gift of scent and sight. He is searching for his nephew, who has been taken by Aria’s people. They team up, reluctantly, but soon learn they have more in common than both of their people would have them believe.

Science fiction blended with romance, this book is recommended to readers in grades 8 and up.

* Book listed to as e-audio through the Libby app

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.

Oasis by Katya de Becerra
While working on her father’s archaeological dig site in the desert, Alif and her friends are caught in a sandstorm. They find an oasis that has everything they need: food, water, shade—and mysterious ruins that hide a deadly secret. As reality begins to shift around them, they question what’s real and what’s a mirage.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Jamie is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. Maya’s having the worst Ramadan ever, and her mother’s solution to her problems is political canvassing. Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie.

Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha (Graphic Novel)
Growing up in the 1990s as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn’t always easy, but it has bonded Robin and her mom fiercely together. So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation, is devastated. Then one day Robin’s mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined.

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani
Kira has never had it easy, and the fact that she can see yokai, the ghosts and demons that haunt the streets of Japan, doesn’t help. When she learns that Shuten-doji, the demon king, will rise at the next blood moon to hunt down an ancient relic and bring the world to a catastrophic end, Kira enlists the aid of seven powerful death gods to help her slay Shuten-doji.

Diamond City by Francesca Flores (Diamond City, Book One)
Aina is as sharp as her blade and as mysterious as the blood magic she protects. She works as an assassin to survive and finds a new family in those like her: the unwanted and forgotten. Diamond City is built by magic, ruled by tyrants, and in desperate need of saving. To claim a future for herself in a world that doesn’t want her to survive, Aina will have to win a game of murder and conspiracy—and risk losing everything.

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Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

Emmy’s parents are musicians. She is…not. Even though she’s never found her place in music, she’s never felt out of place either. Until her family moves from Wisconsin to San Francisco. Now she doesn’t wear the right kind of clothes, have the right kind of hobbies, and everyone else already has their friend groups. But when she is put into a coding class, things start to change for Emmy. Coding comes to her in a way that music never did. And she makes friends. Still, not everything can be solved with ones and zeroes.

This novel in verse combines the love of music and the love of coding in beautiful poetry. Elements of code are incorporated into the text in a way that anyone can understand, and information at the end explains how coding works. Highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy computers, music, or poetry.