A Librarian Reads…

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

From the outside, Aza’s life doesn’t look so bad. She lost her father several years ago, but she and her mom get along great. She’s got an amazing best friend, Daisy, gets good grades, and leads a comfortable life…on the outside. Inside she’s a mess, with obsessive thoughts that spiral out of control. She’s constantly worried about her microbiome and wonders who’s in control of her life—her or the germs? When Daisy learns about a reward being offered for information about a missing billionaire, and remembers Aza used to be friends with his son, they set off on adventure that will change their lives. But only on the outside.

Green uses his own experiences with OCD to create an authentic voice for Aza. The mystery and romance aspects are secondary but still compelling. Recommended for readers in high school and up who are fans of John Green or enjoy stories about people dealing with mental illness.

* Book read as an e-book through Overdrive

 

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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.

Rewind by Carolyn O’Doherty (Rewind, Book One)
Alex is a Spinner—she has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared for their ability to find the truth, Spinners are restricted to Centers. Alex’s society uses their skills to solve major crimes, but no Spinner lives past the age of twenty. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime–until time sickness strikes early. Will an experimental treatment offer hope? Or bring even more dire consequences?

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
When Winter Halperin gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats?

Losing the Girl by MariNaomi (Life on Earth, Book 1) (Graphic Novel)
High school math prodigy Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates share rumors of an alien abduction—when they’re not struggling with early romances, fraying friendships, and the other challenges of young adulthood. Emily’s trying to handle a life-changing surprise. Paula’s hoping to step out of Emily’s shadow. Nigel just wants a girl who will laugh at his jokes. And Brett hardly lets himself get close to anybody.

The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
Alice has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, words fly from her pen. Manny was once a child soldier. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. Can Alice and Manny help each other?

Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong
Three years ago, best friends Skye and Jesse both lost brothers in a school shooting, only Skye’s brother was the shooter. Now she’s moving back to her hometown, and the welcome is less than warm. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

A Librarian Reads…

Clue by Paul Allor (Graphic Novel)

You might think you already know the story, the suspects, the weapons…But this graphic novel version of the story will keep you guessing (and laughing) until the very end. When Mr. Boddy invites a variety of guests to his mansion for a dinner party, they soon learn they are all connected. When Mr. Boddy ends up dead, they are also all suspects. As the night goes on, dark secrets lead to more deaths.

A great read for anyone who enjoyed the movie Clue, likes quirky murder mysteries, or is looking for an unusual and fun story.

 

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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 Dead Enders by Erin Saldin
Ana, Erik, Davis, and Georgie, their friendship forged years ago in a youth group led by Davis’s pastor mother, are bound together by a horrible accident from their pasts. They’re very different from each other, but are all dead enders—fated to stay trapped in a tourist town for the rest of their life. Each of them has a plan to get out, but with an arsonist working his way through the town and setting it ablaze, moving ahead with their lives will be even harder.

Mayfly by Jeff Sweat
Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s old enough to become a Mama. Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague, and everyone else dies at age seventeen. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama.

Royals by Rachel Hawkins (Royals, Book One)
Daisy is a Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who’s nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. She would just as soon avoid the spotlight, but is forced to help her sister with the wedding. Miles is trying to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, while the prince’s brother tries to include her in his many scandals.

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (Graphic Novel)
From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda is friendless–an outcast–because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: She was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her.

The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan
After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it.

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After the End by Amy Plum

Thirty years ago, World War III ravaged the Earth. Juneau’s parents were among the lucky few to have escaped to the Alaskan wilderness, where they survived primitively but happily, connecting with the force they call the Yara. When Juneau returns from a hunting to trip to find her entire clan gone, she sets out to rescue them from the brigands who must have taken them. What she finds instead is a world beyond her comprehension—a normal world. Miles is working in his father’s office after being expelled just months before graduation. When he overhears that his father is looking for a teenage girl, he thinks it is the best chance to regain his father’s esteem and get him out of the mail room. When Juneau and Miles meet, they each see the other as a means to an end. But the secrets they are keeping from each other could ruin everything.

Full of adventure, intrigue, and magic, this story will appeal to readers in middle school and up.

* Book listened to as e-audio through Overdrive

 

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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.

Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
Alena never knew her political activist mother, who died when she was a baby. She has grown up with her older half-brother Danny and his boyfriend Nick in the east end of London. Now the area is threatened by a bomber leaving explosive devices in supermarkets. As Alena seeks to discover more about her past, Danny takes a job working for a controversial politician, and tension rises all around.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

Boomerang by Helene Dunbar
When Michael disappeared five years ago, everyone assumed he was kidnapped. Now he’s back—calling himself Sean—but “home” is the last place he wants to be. He’s only there to claim the inheritance his grandparents promised him when he graduated high school so he can save Trip, the boy he developed an intense and complicated relationship with while he was away.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
Mila and her best friend Riley have always been inseparable. So when Riley and two other girls die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe it was a suicide pact. Armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life. Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders, but they do have unfinished business to attend to.

A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt (Bookish Boyfriends, Book One)
Merrilee thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences.

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The New Super-Man, Vol. 1: Made in China by Gene Luen Yang (Graphic Novel)

Kong Kenan isn’t your typical superhero. In fact, he’s something of a bully. But he stands up to Blue Condor and prevents his classmate (the one he bullies) from being kidnapped. That catches the attention of The Ministry of Self-Reliance, who decide Kenan is worthy to inherit the American Super-Man’s powers. Now he’s part of the Justice League of China. Only, he doesn’t really like his teammates, they’re in competition with The Great Ten superheroes, and the Freedom Fighters of China are terrorizing the country.

A fresh take on superheroes and a look at Chinese culture. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who are fans of DC Comics and those who like to learn about foreign countries and cultures.

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