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Life Uploaded by Sierra Furtado 

Harper’s life is falling apart after she finds out that the boy she likes doesn’t like her the same way. After taking advice from mom and going out shopping after a heartbreak, she starts a YouTube channel that shows girls how to choose a great outfit and giving other advice that could make a girl feel better about herself. Her fame starts building up and soon she is invited to Adam Levine’s party. She finds herself in another twist. See how Harper gets through her fame life by reading Life Uploaded by Sierra Furtado, a YouTube vlogger.

–Review by Kylie H.

 

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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.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
In the wake of a family tragedy, Petula sees danger in everything, from airplanes to ground beef. The worst part of her week is her mandatory art therapy class. She has nothing in common with this small band of teenage misfits. When Jacob joins their ranks, Petula wants nothing to do with him, or his prosthetic arm. But when they’re forced to collaborate on a unique school project, she slowly opens up, and he inspires her to face her fears.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (The Bone Witch, Book One)
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. She’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. An older, wiser bone witch takes in Tea and her brother. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Exo by Fonda Lee
Donovan is the son of the Prime Liaison between the humans and aliens that now rule them. That, along with his exocel, guarantees him a bright future in the security forces. Until he is abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control. But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival.

Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
It’s 1945, and Lorna’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. When Paul, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
Bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable for Mel. Her latest struggle is balancing her new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium. Mel fears her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can she bring herself to risk everything to find out?

A Librarian Reads…

Scythe by Neal Shusterman 

Humanity’s intellect has solved every problem to be solved. The Thunderhead, a massive semi-sentient computer system takes care of everything. No one ever gets sick or hurt and no one ever dies. Except when they are chosen for gleaning. In order to keep the population under control, a select few, known as scythes, take a certain number of lives. Most, like Scythe Faraday, are good. They choose impartially, glean mercifully, and take no pleasure in their task. When Citra and Rowen are both chosen to be his apprentices, they possess the number one quality for becoming a scythe—they don’t want to be. But as they learn more, they come to understand the necessity of not only gleaning, but doing so in a compassionate manner. Unfortunately, not all scythes are good. Soon, Citra and Rowen find their reluctant friendship and apprenticeship under attack.

Recommended for high school and up.

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Freya by Matthew Laurence
Sara Vanadi was once Freya, the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war, and death. Her power comes from belief, and for an ancient goddess in the 21st century, true believers are hard to come by. Then a shadowy corporation extends an offer: join them and receive unlimited strength and believers—or refuse and be destroyed.

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
All Carver did was send a text. He had no idea it would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident—and neither can the police. Blake’s grandmother wants Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together, but not everyone is so willing to forgive. Can the goodbye days really help?

Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
Gracie falls hard for A.J. A.J. likes Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! So happy, she helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.’s surprisingly funny and appealing texts, just as if she were Sienna. What could go wrong?

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief. Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
Anya is plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. When her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own, she is forced to go on the run. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on her Quest.

 

A Librarian Reads…

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

When James moves from his new home in London back to Connecticut to attend boarding school on a rugby scholarship, he knows he’s going to have one friend there. After all, Watsons and Holmes have been friends for generations. Even though he’s never met Charlotte Holmes, he’s followed her crime solving career and imagined himself along on all her great adventures. In real life, however, Charlotte turns out to be as stand-offish as her great-ancestor Sherlock. When a boy at their school is murdered, however, Watson and Holmes become prime suspects and best friends in one fell swoop. As they race to discover the truth, clear their names, and try to stay alive, they discover that the true meaning of friendship might be the greatest mystery of them all.

Recommended for fans of mystery, especially Sherlockians, in grades 8 and up.

 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. Then Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. As protests erupt, everyone takes a side. Everyone wants answers. What Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth (Carve the Mark, Book One)
Cyra, sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people, has a currentgift—something her brother exploits to torture his enemies. Akos, son of a farmer and an oracle from Thuvhe, also has a currentgift. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack
Lawrence is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. Norwegian exchange student Spencer Knudsen has Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying Homecoming floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. But Spencer seems to have some answers.

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the century-old murder will lead to painful discoveries. One hundred years earlier, a violent encounter propels Will into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey toward self-discovery.

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. Then Tommy vanished—erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Except Ozzie, who soon suspects that the universe is shrinking. Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as possible.

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All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely 

All Rashad wanted to do was buy some chips and gum before heading to the party that Friday night. But when a lady tripped over him, the store clerk thought he was stealing and the cop there thought he was assaulting the lady. The next thing Rashad knew he was face first on the sidewalk being beaten bloody. All Quinn wanted to do was find a bum to buy him some beer before heading to the party that Friday night. Then he saw the cop beating some kid. And not just any cop, but his best friend’s brother—the guy who practically raised Quinn after his dad died. The town and school quickly take sides. Was this a case of a cop just doing his job? Or was it yet another case of racism in action? Now both boys find themselves caught up in a battle they never wanted but cannot ignore.

Highly recommended for readers in high school and up due to language and violence.

 

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