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 Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
Simi comes from a long line of Indian vichole-matchmakers. When she accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the “gift.” Simi realizes this might be just the thing to improve her social status. But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys’ soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card
Ezekiel is not a thief, he just has a talent for finding things. Not a superpower–a micropower. If only there were some way to use Ezekiel’s micropower for good, to turn a curse into a blessing. His friend Beth thinks there must be, and so does a police detective investigating the disappearance of a little girl. When tragedy strikes, it’s up to Ezekiel to use his talent to find what matters most.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)
Harleen lives in an apartment above a karaoke cabaret owned by a drag queen named MAMA. When the cabaret becomes the next victim in the wave of gentrification that’s taking over the neighborhood, Harleen has two choices: join Ivy, who’s campaigning to make the neighborhood a better place to live, or join The Joker, who plans to take down Gotham one corporation at a time.

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos
Verdad doesn’t think she has time for love. But when she meets Danny, a new guy at school–who happens to be trans–all bets are off. Verdad suddenly has to deal with her mother’s disapproval of her relationship with Danny as well as her own prejudices and questions about her identity, and Danny himself, who is comfortable in his skin but keeping plenty of other secrets.

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
There are no more monsters anymore. Jam has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a creature who emerges from one of her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster. Jam must fight not only to protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?

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Next Week

This year’s Teen Reading Challenge runs September 22 through October 19. Pick up a Reading Log and keep track of how many minutes you read for prizes and an invitation to a party in your honor.

Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin, authors of Ghosts of the Quad Cities, will share the haunted heritage of the Quad Cities at places such as Moline’s Riverside Cemetery and Arsenal Island on Thursday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni Santiago loves to cook. It’s more than just making meals, when she’s in the kitchen she’s making magic. Her food transports people back to their best memories. All she’s ever wanted to do was be a chef and share her love of great food with everyone. So when her high school offers a culinary arts class, complete with spring break trip to Spain, Emoni should be in Heaven. But there’s so much more to her life than just cooking. Like her two-year-old daughter, her ex Tyrone, her ‘Buela who has raised her since her mother died in childbirth, and her father, who loves his native Puerto Rico so much he abandoned Emoni to return there. And also Malachi, a new kid at school who is in her culinary arts class and doesn’t accept Emoni’s declaration that she has no time for boys. For the last few years, Emoni has done everything she can to be the kind of mother her baby deserves. But maybe it’s time for her to do something just for herself.

Emoni is a wonderful character who refuses to be defined by her circumstances. The descriptions of food will leave you hungry, and the beautiful prose and compelling story will keep you reading until the very last page. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as 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.

The Hive by Barry Lyga and Morgan Baden
Cassie has always believed in the Hive—a better way to sanction people for what they do online. Cause trouble and a crowd can come after you, teach you a lesson in real life. It’s safe, fair, and perfectly legal. Entering her senior year of high school, filled with grief over an unexpected loss, Cassie is primed to lash out. Egged on by new friends, she makes an edgy joke online. Cassie doubts anyone will notice.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon (Frankly in Love, Book One)
Frank Li is caught between his parents’ traditional expectations and his own Southern California upbringing. His parents expect him to date a Korean girl, which proves complicated when he falls for Brit. His friend Joy Song is in a similar predicament, so they pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu
Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island and Elena babysits for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town. Her brother Joaquin can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father.

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (Graphic Novel)
Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee
Young Loki is desperate to prove himself heroic and capable, but everyone suspects him of inevitable villainy and depravity…except for Amora. But when Loki and Amora cause the destruction of one of Asgard’s most prized possessions, Amora is banished to Earth. When Loki is sent to investigate a string of mysterious murders on Earth involving Asgardian magic, he finds himself in nineteenth-century London, where he has a chance to discover the source of his power-and who he’s meant to be.

Next Week

This year’s Teen Reading Challenge runs September 22 through October 19. Pick up a Reading Log and keep track of how many minutes you read for prizes and an invitation to a party in your honor.

The Write Now! Writers Group is open to teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings take place on the first and third Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the Moline Public Library 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages (double spaced) of a current writing project to share with the group for advice and feedback.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci knows she’s lucky to live in a big loving family. She has her parents and older brother, Abuela and Lolo, and her aunt and twin cousins, who all live in side-by-side houses. The one rule the Suarez family has is that no one keeps secrets or tells lies. But that gets a lot harder when Merci starts sixth grade. Suddenly she’s dealing with a bully and trying to navigate around changing friendships. But the biggest change is Lolo. Suddenly he’s getting confused and forgetting things. When he falls off his bike he asks Merci not to tell Abuela. Merci knows she’s not supposed to keep secrets, but it seems like the rest of the family is keeping a secret from her.

This novel explores the love and frustrations of families and friendships in a realistic, heartbreaking, and heartwarming way. 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.

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai
Hằng’s little brother, Linh, is taken from her as they search for a way to escape the Việt Nam War. Six years later, she has made it to Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find Linh until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her.

Watch Out by Alison Hughes
Charlie is staying home from school to help his older brother who broke his leg in a football game. When he has time, Charlie investigates a series of break-ins that have the whole neighborhood on edge. Charlie nearly catches the thief and then foils an attempted break-in at his own house.

Not Hungry by Kate Karyus Quinn
June is fat. June also has an eating disorder, but no one sees. When she doesn’t eat, her friends and family think they see a fat girl on a diet, not someone starving herself. When June’s secret is found out by Toby, the new boy next door, she is panicked. Then she learns he also has a secret. Everyone has their own little lies.

Minor Prophets by Jimmy Cajoleas
Lee has always seen visions, including three men who give him ominous warnings in the woods. When his mother dies in a car accident and her horrible husband tries to adopt them, Lee and his sister Murphy flee to their grandmother’s ranch. But is there a reason why their mother never brought them there? And what horrid truths lurk behind Lee’s haunting visions?

Have a Little Faith in Me by Sonia Hartl
When CeCe’s boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. She knows nothing about Jesus, but her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, where her ex shows up with a new girlfriend. CeCe ropes Paul into faking a relationship, and soon she’s questioning her feelings about him, her ex, and the truth about the night she lost her virginity.