A Librarian Reads…

Blended by Sharon Draper

Izzy spends one week with her white mom, then Isabella spends the next week with her Black dad. She’s gotten used to going back and forth between homes and parents and lives, even names. But that doesn’t mean she likes it. She especially hates how much her parents fight all the time. Now that she’s in sixth grade, though, she’s noticing other ways in which her unique situation causes problems. She isn’t even sure if she’s black or white, both or neither. And does it even matter? As she navigates through some serious incidents, she must figure out not only who she is, but who she wants to be.

Recommended for readers in middle school and up who like realistic stories that deal with families and social injustice.


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.

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok
Paris, 1887. Sixteen-year-old Nathalie writes the daily morgue column for Le Petit Journal. Her job is to summarize each day’s new arrivals, a task she finds both fascinating and routine. That is, until the day she has a vision of the newest body, a young woman, being murdered—from the perspective of the murderer himself. When a second body is found a few days later, Nathalie has to figure out whether she’s going crazy or has the power to stop the killer.

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
Dino’s parents own a funeral home, so he’s used to spending time with the dead. But it’s different when July shows up. Not only is she his ex-best friend, she’s also not quite dead. Or quite alive. As Dino and July attempt to figure out what’s happening, they must also confront why and how their friendship ended so badly, and what they have left to understand about themselves, each other, and all those grand mysteries of life.

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes
The Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. After Thea’s cousin Natalie’s killer goes free, she’s more than willing to join them. She trains with other girls to carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. But when the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be.

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Dark Stars, Book One)
Seattle, 1913—Dorothy feels trapped, forced into an engagement she doesn’t want. So she runs into the woods, desperate to escape. New Seattle, 2077—Ash is on a mission to rescue the professor—his mentor who figured out the secret to time travel. When Dorothy collides with Ash, she stows away in his plane, only to wake up in a future Seattle devastated by earthquakes and floods. And she holds the key to putting it all right, though it may destroy Ash.

Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Lacey is finally living her dream of being in a movie, working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood. Unfortunately, she also has to finish her senior year of high school. Even worse, Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, is a full-on nightmare. As she struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance, Lacey learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

A Librarian Reads…

Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Kate is a rider for the royal courier service. It’s not the life she imagined for herself. Once she the daughter of a minor noble who was stablemaster to the king. That all changed the day her father tried to kill the king. Now she’s a traitor too, for refusing to renounce her father. She’s managed to carve out a life, and at least she gets to work with horses. The long rides between cities even give her a chance to use her gift of animal magic safely, without risk of being discovered as a wilder. But everything changes the day Corwin, the king’s younger son and Kate’s former love interest, crashes back into her life. Despite her better judgment, Kate agrees to join him as he seeks to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the kingdom.

A great fantasy setting with a little romance and a lot of action, this book is 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.

Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
Eden McKinley knows she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s a complete shock when, five days before the start of their GCSEs, Bonnie runs away with a guy Eden knows nothing about. And it’s the last person she would ever have expected. As the days pass, and her world begins to unravel, Eden is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her best friend and herself.

The Fade by Demitria Lunetta
Something terrible happened in her basement. Haley can feel it. Four girls went missing several years ago, and the police never solved the case. But Haley know the missing girls were murdered. How else can she explain the hostile presence in her house? The ghostly girls need something from her. And unless Haley can figure out what they want…she might be next.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa were transported to another realm called the Woodlands while they cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. When they returned, nothing at all had changed, except for them. Now Ev longs to return to the Woodlands while Philippa tries to find a place in this world. But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must try to understand what her sister went through.

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler (The Wells of Sorcery, Book One)
In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire, she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship—a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

The Color of Lies by C.J. Lyons
Ella has always been good at reading people. Her synesthesia manifests itself as the ability to see colors that reveal people’s true emotions…until she meets a guy she just can’t read. Alec is a handsome, enigmatic young journalist who makes her feel normal for the first time in her life. That is, until he reveals that he sought her out because he wants to learn the truth behind her parents’ deaths, the parents that Ella had always been told died in a fire. Alec turns Ella’s world upside down when he tells her their deaths were definitely not an accident.

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Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary Schmidt

Things are going pretty rough for Carter Jones and his family. It’s raining like an Australian tropical thunderstorm, his Dad is still deployed in Germany, the family Jeep isn’t working, it’s and the first day of school. That’s probably why when a strange British guy shows up on the doorstep Carter’s mom accepts his help. The Butler, who prefers to be called a gentleman’s gentleman, worked for Carter’s grandfather in England. In his will, he left money for the Butler to work for Carter’s family instead. Carter isn’t too keen on being turned into a gentleman, especially when it means walking his dog (even in the middle of an Australian tropical thunderstorm) and taking his little sisters to the ballet and learning to play cricket. Of course, there are perks, too. Like the Butler teaching Carter to drive even though he’s only twelve. And cricket doesn’t turn out to be so bad either. In fact, having the Butler around might be just what Carter needs, especially when he gets the second worst news of his life.

This is a fun and funny story that touches on some very deep and difficult topics at the same time. 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.

The Waning Age by S.E. Grove
Natalia works as a hotel maid, practices martial arts, and cares for her eleven-year-old brother, Calvino. Cal should be starting to wane, losing his ability to feel emotions. But he’s not. When a mysterious corporation kidnaps him for testing, Natalia will do anything to save him. Along the way, she meets others looking for the truth about waning.

What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards
Spencer volunteers (aka community service) at the library. He likes his work, especially if it means getting to see Mallory. Mallory spends a lot of time keeping her head down. When you’re sixteen and homeless, nothing matters more than being anonymous. When sinister things start happening at the library, the two know they must find the culprit before Mallory is the next target.

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh
Lacey is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. She’s never kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. But when she sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

96 Words for Love by Rachel Roy, Ava Dash
Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, Raya has been quietly freaking out. She feels simultaneously lost and trapped by a future already mapped out for her. When her beloved grandmother dies, Raya decides to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandparents met. But she didn’t expect to fall in love.

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I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

Barbara spends her time reading, avoiding people as much as possible, playing D&D, and killing giants. This doesn’t exactly make her very popular. But she doesn’t mind. All she cares about is getting ready, because a giant is coming soon. She sees the signs. But complications keep getting in her way. Like her older sister’s horrible cooking. Having to avoid the upstairs of her house.  Catching the attention of the school bully. And even meeting a new girl that might become a real friend.

This graphic novel tackles some pretty heavy concepts, like bullying, grief, and death. But it also has a lot of humor. Recommended for readers in middle school and up.