A Librarian Reads…

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

Frankie lives in an orphanage in 1941 Chicago along with her older brother Vito and younger sister Toni. They were placed their first when their mother had a breakdown, then again when she died. Their father visits, but even when he remarries there is no room to bring them home. Still, Frankie never expected her father to move to Colorado and take only Vito. Left behind with Toni, who seems to hate her, Frankie feels completely alone. But she isn’t, because Pearl is there, always there, watching over the girls even though she herself died in 1918. When Pearl meets Marguerite, the two share their tragic pasts and deaths.

The stories of all three young women weave together to create a picture of life in the early twentieth century. Living or dead, these women are always finding new doorways as they learn about themselves. Highly recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy interwoven stories and historical fiction.

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With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Maybe in Paris by Rebecca Christiansen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler

If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

Small Damages by Beth Kephart

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

The Keeper of the Mist by Rachel Neumeier

Flavor of the Week by Tucker Shaw

The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum

The Prank List by Anna Staniszewski

Love À La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

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 Grace Year by Kim Liggett
In Garner County, girls are banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive. As Tierney’s grace year draws near, she realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements the girls must fear. It’s not even men who wait for a chance to grab one of the girls in order to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

Jackpot by Nic Stone
Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

Crier’s War by Nina Varela (Crier’s War, Book One)
Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier. Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired. Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.

Cursed by Thomas Wheeler
Nimue grew up an outcast. Her connection to dark magic made her something to be feared in her Druid village. When her entire village is slaughtered by Red Paladins, she is charged by her dying mother to reunite an ancient sword with a legendary sorcerer. She teams up with a charming mercenary named Arthur and refugee Fey Folk and wields a sword meant for the one true king.

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
Ava Lee has lost everything there is to lose. A year after the fire that destroyed her world, her aunt and uncle have decided she should go back to high school. Be “normal” again. Whatever that is. But when Ava meets a fellow survivor named Piper and Asad, a boy who loves theater just as much as she does, she begins to feel like maybe she doesn’t have to face the nightmare alone.

A Librarian Reads…

Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Everyone knew California was facing water shortages. But until the days the taps were turned off, no one knew just how bad things had gotten. People are slow to realize the significance of the Tap-Out. Alyssa’s family waits hours to go to the store for bottled water, only to find they are too late. Kelton’s family, on the other hand, has been preparing for this for years. For a couple of days it seems like this will all be a minor inconvenience. But when Alyssa’s parents head out to get water and don’t return, the situation becomes deadly serious. Alyssa, her younger brother Garrett, and Kelton soon find themselves in a fight for their lives as thirst becomes one of only several things trying to kill them.

The situation the Shustermans have created is frighteningly plausible and drawn out in excruciating detail. Never has an apocalypse seemed so likely or realistic. Recommended for readers in high school and up who love apocalyptic worlds and survival 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.

Lifestyles of Gods and Monsters by Emily Roberson
Ariadne’s royal family’s entertainment empire is beloved by everyone. The Labyrinth Contest, a TV extravaganza in which Ariadne leads fourteen teens into a maze to kill a monster, is their biggest hit. When the gorgeous, mysterious Theseus asks Ariadne to help him to victory, she doesn’t expect to fall for him. If he wins, the contest would end for good. But if she helps him, she doesn’t just endanger her family’s empire―the monster would have to die.

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
When Emma arrives at North Lake to spend the summer with her mother’s family, she realizes there are actually two very different communities there. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake, while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. Emma also feels divided. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family, she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her. Then there’s Roo, the boy who holds the key to her family’s history.

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
When Sophie’s boyfriend dumps her right before Christmas, she flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. But when her ex shows up seeking a second chance, Sophie realizes she’s developing real feelings for someone else.

In the Hall with the Knife by Diana Peterfreund (Clue Mystery, Book One)
When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, a motley crew of students are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder.

Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Simone is starting over at a new school, and this time things will be different. She’s making real friends, making a name for herself as student director of Rent, and making a play for Miles, the guy who makes her melt every time he walks into a room. The last thing she wants is for word to get out that she’s HIV-positive, because last time . . . well, last time things got ugly.

A Librarian Reads…

A World Without You by Beth Revis

Bo can control time. Well, maybe not quite control, but he definitely moves through time. That’s why he’s been sent to the Berkshire School. The world outside thinks it’s a school for children with special needs, but Bo knows the truth—it’s a school for people with superpowers. But he’s made a mistake and now his girlfriend, Sofia, has been trapped in the past and everyone believes she’s dead. Bo is sure he can save her. Only, everyone is beginning to act strangely, as if they don’t really have powers. As the government investigates the school, Bo’s world begins to shatter. He can’t believe they are right, because if he doesn’t really have the power to control time, how can he save Sofia?

This book looks at mental illness through an inside lens. Chapters from the perspective of Bo’s sister, Phoebe, add insight as to how his illness affects his whole family. 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.

Ricochet by Kathryn Berla
When Tati sends a saliva sample to a DNA ancestry testing site her results come back inconclusive. Does it have to do with her unexplained seizures and the beckoning tunnel she sees during them? Tati soon discovers that parallel universes exist and her abnormal DNA compels and condemns Tati and her other selves—shy Ana—privileged Tatyana—and on-the-run Tanya, to a lifetime of ricocheting between their parallel lives in the multiverse.

War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi (War Girls, Book One)
The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi
Aliens might destroy the planet in a week. For Jesse, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. What does it matter if it all ends now? Cate is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about. And then there’s Adeem. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, he can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

Topside by J. N. Monk (Graphic Novel)
When Jo, a headstrong maintenance technician, makes an error that destabilizes her planet’s core, she only knows one way to fix things: leaving her underground home for a trip to the planet’s dangerous, unruly surface. Soon she’s wandering through deserts, riding on the back of giant beasts, and cutting deals with con artists and bounty hunters. Meanwhile, agents of the core are in hot pursuit.

Panic by Sasha Dawn
Madelaine loves music, loves the stage, and loves performing. When she finds a fragment of poetry that inspires her to finish a song she’s been writing, she tracks down the poem’s author online in hopes of starting a collaboration. But as more pieces of the poem find their way to her, she realizes the online poet can’t possibly be the one who’s leaving them for her.