A Librarian Reads…

Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry

This is the story of the four Torres sisters: Ana, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa. Ana died a year ago, but she’s not gone. Starting on the anniversary of her death, she begins to appear to her sisters. Writing on a wall. A hand behind a shower curtain. The smell of oranges. But what does she want? As the sisters deal with their grief, their rage, and their shell of a father, they learn to rely on each other in a way they haven’t done since losing Ana.

Beautiful, lyrical language and a storyline that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Told from the point of view of each remaining sister was well as the collective “boys across the street,” we learn about the Torres sisters’ lives past and present. Highly recommended to all readers in high school and up

Teen Book Review

Treasure Hunters by James Patterson

It is about four kids who are Beck (Rebecca), Bick (Bickford), Storm (Stephine), and Tommy (Thomas) Kidd. They are the kids of famous Treasure Hunters. they’re mom disappears and the dad gets blown of the boat in a storm. the kids are now orphans and the try to pick up the family job, Treasure Hunting. they also live on a boat, travel around the world, eat exciting food, and do things that other kids don’t normally do. on they’re adventure they learn new things like they’re parents are in the CIA. the book is also “Written” by the twins Bick and Beck. It was funny, exciting, and adventurous and was fun to read.

Recommended for: People who like pirates and like to travel.

Review submitted by Carly P.


This book is also available on Overdrive

Books for Tweens

What’s Happening

Registration is now open for our Zoom Cross Stitch program. Once you’re registered, you can pick up a cross stitch kit from the Library through our Curbside Delivery Service. Then you can join us live through Zoom on Tuesday, July 7 to learn how to cross stitch your very own adorable Baby Yoda. You’ll be able to ask questions, see what others are doing, and show off your own work. The kits are limited, so register soon.


Have you signed up for the Summer Reading Program yet? The Teen Summer Reading Program is open to students who are going into 6th grade in the fall through those who graduated from high school this year. Read at least 750 pages and/or minutes by July 31 and you’ll get a packet of prizes. Or you can keep reading, and reach at least 1500 pages and/or minutes and you’ll also get a bonus prize.


Want more chances to win prizes? Write a short review of a book you’ve read this summer. For each review, you’ll get an entry into a drawing and your review may be featured on the library’s blog. Book reviews can be mailed to the Library, submitted electronically, or emailed to molinelibraryteens@gmail.com.


Just because we aren’t open doesn’t mean we aren’t having programs. Call the Library at 309-524-2470 to request a program packet. The first one is available now, and contains instructions and materials to create origami, bracelets, and mini edible books. The next packet will be available starting July 13. Visit this blog for a demonstration of these crafts each Monday.


Feeling creative at home? Send us your Bookface Shelfies and Book Spine Poetry! What on earth does that mean? A Bookface Shelfie is a selfie with a book. Use the cover of a book plus you, your pets, or anything else to create a bigger picture. To create Book Spine Poetry, just grab a stack of books (at least three) and stack them so the titles make a poem.


Submit your photos to molinelibraryteens@gmail.com to be featured on our blog and social media.


Have a question? Looking for a book? Call the Information desk at 309-524-2470 Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. We’ll be happy to help. You can also email us anytime at information@molinelibrary.org.

What else can we do to help you? Is there something you would like to see us do online, like book talks, book readings, etc.? Would anyone be interested in doing a virtual book discussion, either live through a web conference or through the blog? Are you looking for more activities to do at home? Let me know what you need and we will do our best to help.

A Librarian Reads…

All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah Carlson

Danny has lived in Belfast, his home right up against the Peace Wall that divides his Protestant neighborhood from the Catholic one. Fiona has only recently discovered that the father her mother left in Belfast when she was very young has always wanted to contact her. She returns to Northern Ireland to reconnect with him and her two half-brothers. When the two meet, the attraction is instant and intense. But they both have secrets. Danny’s father is a member of the Ulster Volunteer Force, dedicated to fighting against the Catholics, as well as a drunk abuser. And Fiona’s father used to be a member of the IRA. In fact, it may have been one of his bombs that killed Danny’s mother. As each of them struggles to come to terms with their families and histories, they fall deeper and deeper for each other. But will their truths tear them apart?

Set in 2012, just fourteen years after “The Troubles” ended, this novel looks at the continuing violence in Northern Ireland. Fiona and Danny are both interesting and likeable characters with a genuine and believable affection for each other. I recommend this book to readers in high school and up who like history, especially Irish history, as well as anyone who enjoys a really good romance.

Teen Book Review

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying, by Karen M. McManus, tells the story of 4 kids that are suspects of a murder. Simon, founder of an app called About That, is hated by most of the school. After a few tumbler posts were open to the public and police, it became clear that Simon’s death was NOT an accident. This book keeps you on your toes. The final reveal of the killer is so shocking, and wonderfully written!

Recommended for: All Mystery Lovers!

Review submitted by Nishitha M.

This book is also available on Overdrive and eReadIllinois

Books for Teens

A Librarian Reads…

Agent of Chaos by Kami Garcia & Devil’s Advocate by Jonathan Maberry

Have you ever wondered how Fox Mulder became a believer? Or how Dana Scully became a skeptic? Look no further! In Agent of Chaos, a teenage Fox Mulder uncovers a connection between kidnappings happening in his new town of Washington, D.C. and his little sister’s disappearance years ago. As he investigates, he discovers a world he never knew existed. In Devil’s Advocate, a teenage Dana Scully is having dreams and visions that seem to be related to a string of murders happening in her new town. Not yet the skeptic she will later become, she seeks guidance from a group of local mystics.

If you’re a fan of The X-Files, you may enjoy looking at these portrayals of younger versions of your favorite FBI agents. In both stories, there is more going on behind the scenes than the main characters know. And even if you’re not familiar with the show, these books are a good mystery. Recommended readers in high school and up who are fans of The X-Files and like mysteries with a side of magic.

Teen Book Review

The Case of the Left Handed Lady by Nancy Springer

It was about the sister of Sherlock Holmes who was hiding from her brothers. She escaped to London and is solving mysteries of her own. As she tries to hide from her brothers, she tries to solve a missing persons report of a left-handed lady, who she feels is connected to her. Enola Holmes is an awesome heroine, who solves mysteries and tries to follow in the footsteps of her big brother, the great detective.

Recommended for: Mystery lovers and Sherlock Holmes lovers.

Review submitted by Anne A.

Books for Tweens