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Illegal by Eoin Colfer (Graphic Novel)

Now—Ebo and his brother Kwame, along with twelve other men, are on a small balloon boat meant to hold six, crossing from Africa to Greece. They have risked everything to get this far, but it might not be enough.

Then—Ebo learns that Kwame has left their small African village to go to Europe to seek their sister and a better way of life. Desperate to find him, Ebo manages to get a ride into Agadez. But the city is huge and danger lurks at every corner.

This compelling graphic novel is told in alternating views of “Now” and “Then,” showing the desperate sacrifices many have made and continue to make in order to escape war, famine, and poverty. Recommended for readers in middle school and up with an interest in human rights, especially refugees.


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.

Contagion by Erin Bowman (Contagion, Book One)
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies. As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.

The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips
Everyone believes Morgan is sweet, pretty, and put together. But Morgan has a secret. For over a year she’s shoplifted countless pieces of clothing and makeup. When she’s caught her world starts to crumble. Now she’s desperate to keep her friends from finding out, while at the same time developing feelings for Eli, the nephew of the owner of the charity shop where she’s doing community service. Now she must choose between her perfect image and the boy she loves.

Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge (Graphic Novel)
Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else. Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace. But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.

Sometime After Midnight by L. Philips
Nate and Cameron meet in a dingy Los Angeles club and discover they have much more in common than their love of an obscure indie band. Then Nate learns that Cameron is the heir to a soul-sucking record label—the very one that destroyed his father’s life—the only evidence of their connection is the blurry photo Cameron snaps of Nate’s Sharpied Chuck Taylors. When Cameron’s sister Tess posts the photo on Instagram, the internet just about breaks with the news of this modern fairy tale.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Mirage, Book One)
In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek Empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home.

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Losers Bracket by Chris Crutcher

Annie is caught between two worlds. In one she is a Boots, part of a family incapable of escaping poverty and drug addiction and bad life choices. In the other, she’s with her long-term foster family, rescued from the inevitability of following in her family’s footsteps. Her mother lost parental rights some time ago, but Annie can’t seem to stay away from her birth family—even when her foster father threatens to kick Annie out if she sees them again. She uses sports as a go-between, a chance to both make Pops proud and see her family on the sly. But keeping her two worlds separate is getting harder and harder, and sooner or later something is going to have to give.

Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy realistic stories of broken families and strong young women.


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.

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger
In the three years since the Virgil County High School Massacre, a story has grown up around one of the victims, Sarah McHale, that says she died proclaiming her Christian faith. But Leanne Bauer was there, and knows what happened, and she has a choice: stay silent and let people believe in Sarah’s martyrdom, or tell the truth.

This Story is a Lie by Tom Pollock
Seventeen-year-old mathematical genius Peter Blankman battles his lifelong panic attacks as he tries to find his missing twin sister, Bel, and those who nearly assassinated his mother, a famous scientist.

See All the Stars by Kit Frick
Bex, Jenni, and Ret were Ellory’s whole solar system. Now she’s alone, her once inseparable group of friends torn apart by secrets, deception, and a shocking incident that changed their lives forever. She’s returning to Pine Brook to navigate senior year after a two-month suspension and summer away.

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Sixteen-year-old Grace has Asperger’s, a horse, and a best friend who understands her, which is pretty much all she needs, but when she kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it is up to Grace to fix it on her own.

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil (#MurderTrending, Book One)
Falsely accused of murdering her stepsister, seventeen-year-old Dee fights to survive paid assassins on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media.

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The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew

Jessika is a champion ice-skater, a model student, and a dutiful daughter. But more than anything, she’s a good girl. She has to be to survive in the Greater German Reich of the twenty-first century. But really, she’s not. She sees and hears things she knows aren’t good. And the things she feels—especially for her best friend Clementine—are definitely not good. Clem is the opposite of Jess. She is outspoken and passionate, and doesn’t even try to fit in most of the time. Jessika finds herself being pulled in two directions. Can she trade what is safe what is good?

A terrifying look at what might have been if Hitler had won WWII. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy social justice and speculative fiction.

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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.

Scream Site by Justina Ireland
Future investigative reporter Sabrina, fourteen, researches a popular website where people post horror videos, hoping to prove they are not as real as they seem until her sister, a big fan of the site, disappears.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
Michael is an atheist, but that doesn’t stop his father from sending him to St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—after yet another family move. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found a friend. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic, she wants to be a priest. She introduces him to Heretics Anonymous where everyone is allowed their own beliefs. When the group starts to rebel openly, Michael must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Storm-Wake by Lucy Christopher
Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doubt.

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (Grace and Fury, Book One)
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace—someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. Then a girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her.

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Other Broken Things by C. Desir

Natalie is two days out of rehab after a DUI when she goes to her first AA meeting. It’s about as bad as she expects, except maybe for Joe, the older guy who won’t cut her a break. She feels a connection to him for some reason. Back in school after missing a month, Natalie struggles to catch up and stay sober. It isn’t easy, especially with her two former best friends drunk all the time and her ex-boyfriend practically stalking her, demanding they talk. Though at first Natalie only cares about getting through her probation, once she really starts working the steps she discovers a lot about herself she would like to change. And with Joe there to help her, she thinks maybe she really can.

This is an honest and heartbreaking look at the reality of addiction and the toll it places on everyone involved. Recommended for readers in grades 11 and up who enjoy gritty, realistic stories with strong characters.