A Librarian Reads…

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

Tyler, shy and anxious, had just survived her first year of college when The Worst Thing Ever happened: her mother was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Suddenly, her entire world was turned upside down. This graphic novel follows Tyler and her family from diagnosis to sitting Shiva, and her membership in the Dead Mom Club beyond.

Anyone who has experienced loss will relate to Tyler’s honest portrayal of the broad range of emotions she felt. She also offers some great advice about what to do when you yourself are grieving (it involves a lot of tissue) and what to do and not do when comforting others. This graphic novel is recommended for readers in high school and up.



Teen Book Review

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

This book was about a young boy named Marty that lives in a small house in the country. They are very poor and struggle to buy essentials. Marty loves animals, and when he sees a beagle that is being abused by one of his neighbors, he is heartbroken. He secretly keeps the dog until the neighbor, Judd Travers, finds out. Judd is very upset and threatens to shoot the dog. Marty walks to Judd’s house one day and sees Judd shooting a doe out of season. Marty threatens to report him to the sheriff, but Judd and him strike a deal. Marty agrees to work for Judd in exchange for the beagle. Marty shows compassion to Judd, and after hours of back-breaking work, the beagle is his. This book was good because it shows the true meaning of perseverance and compassion. The author writes this book in extreme detail, making the book pleasant to read. This book makes you think and realize that sometimes there isn’t a clear difference between what is right and what is wrong.

Recommended for: Young teenagers would also like this book because it is relatable and interesting. I think that many people would get joy from reading this book.

Review submitted by Ali E.

Also available on Overdrive.

Books for Teens

What’s Happening

If you participated in any of the Moline Public Library’s Summer Reading programs (children’s, teens, or adult) be sure to stop by the library by August 24 to pick up your prizes. If you’d prefer curbside pickup, give us a call and we’ll get your prizes ready for you. We also have some program packets full of crafts available if you didn’t get one this summer.

The Java Lab Grind & Dine Café will reopen on Monday, August 31. It will be open to serve food and beverages Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Read any good books lately? Submit a review and it may be featured on the Teen Corner blog. Just give me the title and author, a brief summary of what the book was about, what you liked about it, and who else you think would like it. Reviews can be emailed to molinelibraryteens@gmail.com.

Thanks to everyone who completed the Tween/Teen programming survey. This information will help as we plan some great programs for the school year. Be sure to keep an eye on the Library’s online calendar, the Teen Corner blog, and our new Teen Facebook page for announcements.

Have a question? Looking for a book? Call the Information desk at 309-524-2470 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:45 pm. We’ll be happy to help. You can also email us anytime at information@molinelibrary.org.

Stay safe and healthy. I hope to see you all soon!

A Librarian Reads…

Picture Books!

You’re never too old to enjoy a good picture book. These are some of my recent favorites.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! by Ryan T. Higgins
Penelope Rex is very excited to be starting school. But she never expected her fellow classmates to be yummy children.

An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold
It seems to be an ordinary day in an ordinary neighborhood. But in two houses something life-altering is happening.

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
Four friends set out together, and each time they encounter an obstacle they come up with a plan. The plans might not be successful, but they sure are hilarious.

Teen Book Review

Finally by Wendy Mass

It is about a girl named Rory that is turning twelve but her parents aren’t letting her grow up. Like not giving her the phone she wants and not letting her do things normal pre-teens would do. It was good because it was funny.

Recommended for: My friends.

Review submitted by Molly W.

Books for Tweens

A Librarian Reads…

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Island is a place where girls go missing. Marion, newly arrived with her mother and older sister following her father’s death, has no idea that these disappearances go back over a hundred years. Zoey, whose best friend was the most recent girl lost, knows a lot. In fact, she’s been doing extensive research about it and the legend of The Collector—local myth or the cause of the disappearances? Val knows far more than she wants to. Her family is intimately tied to the Island’s history. The Island needs them all.

This blend of magical realism and straight-up horror will keep you on the edge of your seat with a light on. Themes of sisterhood and female empowerment add a depth that is blended seamlessly. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy scary stories and girl power.

Teen Book Review

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman

It was about two orphan twins, Anders and Rayna, who take opposite elemental forms (wolf and dragon) who are enemies. Anders goes to Ulfar Academy which trains wolves so that he can rescue Rayna was kidnapped by dragons. Anders wonders if they are still are even related because they got different elemental forms. It was good because it was a nice fantasy book and was an interesting read of humans taking wolf and dragon forms and the problems that arose from them. It was also good because the author showed a true bond between Anders and Rayna.

Recommended for: people who like fantasy stories, and people who like to see friendship/ family bonds throughout a novel.

Review submitted by Akshat G.

Also available on Hoopla.

Books for Teens