A Librarian Reads…

The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu (The Cronus Chronicles, Book One)

Charlotte’s life changes dramatically when two new people enter it. Well, the first is actually a kitten who follows her home and demands to stay. The second is her cousin Zee from England. Of course, Mr. Metos, her eighth grade English teacher is also new. And maybe these things are not unrelated. The kitten, Mew (short for Bartholomew even though she’s a girl), takes to Zee right away. And Zee and Mr. Metos seem to know each other. When Charlotte’s best friend gets sick, Zee finally admits the truth: the same sickness has been following him wherever he goes, turning the children around him into shells of their former selves. Zee knows the cause. Mr. Metos knows the cure. Mew is adorable. And it will take all of them to help Charlotte make things right again.

Highly recommended for fans of mythology, fantasy, and adventure in middle school and up.

 

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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.

Who’s That Girl by Blair Thornburgh
Nattie is totally OK with her place in life. She has her close friends, great parents, and is a Latin whiz. So what if she’s never been kissed? She almost kissed Sebastian Delaxroix last summer, after all. When he shows up back in town and his band’s song starts to skyrocket through the charts, Nattie’s life becomes a lot more confusing. Because the song is called Natalie, and it might be about her.

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill
Six years ago, Daniel Tate disappeared. Now he’s back. But he’s no longer the same boy. His sandy hair is darker, the freckles are gone, and he’s too traumatized to speak. But he’s alive, and that’s all that matters to his family. The only problem is, he’s not Daniel Tate. He’s a con artist. And the harder he works to hide his secret, the more he learns about the secrets the Tate family is keeping as well.

The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Now the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them—her family, her friends, her home, and her freedom. But Eden knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano
Tori and her family moved to Chaptico, Maryland after inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. Now they are at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family, who feel the land was stolen from them. Then Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave, and he tells a different story of what happened all those years ago. Something dark happened in Chaptico, and it’s happening again.

The Girl in Between by Sarah Carroll
A girl and her ma take shelter in an old, abandoned mill. It’s far better than their life on the streets. Then developers show up, and the girl seeks out the ghosts of the mill to save her home.
With only Caretaker, the old man who’s slept outside the mill for decades, around to answer her questions, she begins to wonder what kind of ghosts are haunting both the mill and her mother.

A Librarian Reads…

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

The day Jack’s parents take Joseph into their home, the social worker tells them three things they need to know. One is that Joseph tried to kill a teacher because he swallowed something bad and didn’t know what he was doing. Two is that after being sent to Stone Mountain and what happened to him there, Joseph won’t wear orange, let anyone touch him or stand behind him, or eat canned peaches. And three is that Joseph has a daughter. Jack and Joseph have many classes together, even though Jack is in sixth grade and Joseph is in eighth, and they spend a lot of time together milking the family’s cows, and eventually Joseph learns to trust Jack and his parents. They discover he is a boy who loves deeply, and decide to do whatever they can to help him find his daughter Jupiter.

Gentle, but unflinching in the face of harsh realities, this book is highly recommended for readers in middle school and up.

 

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Breaking by Danielle Rollins
Never as daring as her friend Ariel or as beautiful as Devon, Charlotte has survived the prestigious Weston Preparatory Institute with them by her side. Then Ariel commits suicide, and less than a month later, so does Devon. Everyone accepts the suicides as tragic coincidences, but when Charlotte finds mysterious clues left behind by Ariel, she discovers a dangerous secret about Weston Prep.

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard
What Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. Also her freedom. Now a resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her, Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

Kale, My Ex, and Other Things to Toss in a Blender by Lisa Greenwald
After an epic breakup, Mia is sure her summer will be miserable. Then her best friend, Justine, comes up with a plan. They will use their summer job driving a snow cone truck to keep tabs on Mia’s ex and create a fake persona to connect with him ex online. What could possibly go wrong?

The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari (Windy City Magic, Book One)
Unlike the rest of her family, Amber is not a witch. But she can see true love. After five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. When handsome and popular Charlie comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber.

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
When Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril, she never expected the footage of her impromptu good deed would go viral. Or that she would receive an invitation to a lunch honoring teen homegrown heroes. Soon these unlikely heroes embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but they might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend.

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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Lea Saldana is a killer. In the kingdom of Lovero, however, this is an envious position. As worshipers of Safraella, the goddess of death and resurrection, people do not fear death, and respect those who bring it about. A member of the first of the nine Families of clippers, Lea is very good at what she does. So is her suitor, Val Da Via. They would make a great team, if not for the feud between their families. When Lea wakes in the middle of the night to find her home on fire and her family slaughtered, she knows she has been betrayed by Val. Now she is completely alone and on the run. The only thing that keeps her going is her vow to avenge her family’s murders and atone for her guilt. And that means seeking out her uncle, exiled years before she was born.

Lea is a strong and intelligent character who is dedicated to her family, her way of life, and her faith. With adventure, mystery, and romance, this book has something for everyone. Recommended for high school and up.

 

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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.

Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau (Dividing Eden, Book One)
Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. But when their father and older brother are assassinated, one of them will have to assume the crown. In order to decide who, they will have to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom.

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky
All Gregor wants to do is feed all of the starving children. A chance to attend Camp Save the World is his ticket to becoming Someone Great. But the announcement of a prize for the activist who shows the most promise in their campaign turns a summer of hanging with fellow do-gooders into cutthroat warfare.

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
Everyone in New Avon, Massachusetts believes Tess is a saint. After her sudden and tragic death, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Then a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. Only Tess’s sister Callie doesn’t believe everything is what it seems. And she, along with Tess’s secret boyfriend, are determined to uncover the truth.

Behind Closed Doors by Miriam Halahmy
Josie has a secret: her mother is a hoarder. Tasha has a secret, too: her mother’s new boyfriend keeps trying to sneak into her room and seduce her. The two girls don’t get along at school, but one night Tasha finds herself at Josie’s door. As they get to know and support each other, they begin to see a way to save themselves from their parents’ demons.

A Librarian Reads…

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

When Sierra is asked to paint a mural on the side of a building in her neighborhood, she’s happy for the chance to both show her skills and take her mind off things. Her abuela died recently, and her abuelo has had a stroke, leaving him unable to talk. Her neighborhood is full of art, but it’s been fading recently, like something is sucking the life out of it. Sierra thinks it’s just her imagination, until her abuelo suddenly talks, giving her a riddle to solve. When she asks handsome Robbie to help her with the mural, it’s only because she’s been asked to finish as soon as possible. But it turns out he knows something about her abuelo, and the riddle, and the mysterious Shadowshapers no one wants to talk about. At first Sierra is just curious about the family history she’s been left out of. But when she’s attacked by a dead man and shadowy creatures, discovering the truth becomes a matter of life and death.

Sierra is a strong and confident woman, proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and unwilling to accept that she can’t do anything she wants. Recommended for high school and up.

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