A Librarian Reads…

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Yaichi’s twin brother, Ryoji, left Japan to move to Canada years ago and has recently died. Now his Canadian husband, Mike, is coming to visit, and Yaichi has no idea how to react. His young daughter, Kana, has no such problem. She is excited to learn about her uncle. Through her innocence and enthusiasm, Yaichi begins to question his assumptions and beliefs.

This graphic novel, the first in a series, takes a hard look at how Japanese culture and the queer experience intersect. Recommended for readers in high 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.

Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry
Winona’s father locks the pantry to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them. Lucille’s mother and her drug-dealing brother demand all her time and energy. Finally they realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.

Gut Check by Eric Kester
Wyatt has wanted nothing more than to play football. It’s his last chance to build a relationship with his older brother Brett, the star quarterback, before he leaves for college. A big win could be just what their town needs to rebound from a fishing season devastated by Red Tide. But when Brett suffers a terrible concussion, Wyatt must decide if keeping his brother’s secret is worth risking his scholarship future.

Let’s Call It a Doomsday by Katie Henry
Ellis worries that the world is about to end. When she meets Hannah in her therapist’s waiting room, Hannah calls it fate. Ellis is scared of the end of the world; Hannah knows when it’s going to happen. As Ellis tries to help Hannah decipher the details of her doomsday premonition, she learns there are secrets Hannah isn’t telling her.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee
By day, Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady, “Dear Miss Sweetie.” When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of society’s ills, but she’s not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell (Graphic Novel)
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. They’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world every Autumn. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. Now Josiah and Deja are seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. What if their last shift was an adventure?

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Once & Future, Book One)

Ari is a refugee from Ketch, the planet barricaded from the rest of the universe for daring to speak out against the tyrannical Mercer Company which basically controls the entire galaxy. Rescued outside the barrier as a child, her very existence is a threat to Mercer. When she accidentally crash lands on Old Earth and finds a sword, she takes it, hoping it might be worth enough to allow her and her adoptive brother Kay to hide out a while. But when she pulls the sword from its ancient tree, she awakens ancient forces. Merlin has been waiting for centuries for the next reincarnation of King Arthur, and this time it’s Ari. He hopes she will be the one to complete the cycle and achieve the goal of uniting all of humankind. Along with Merlin and Kay, Ari gathers her knights one by one, fulfilling her destiny. But taking down Mercer won’t be quite so easy.

A compelling blend of fantasy, science fiction, adventure, and comedy, this novel is recommended to readers in seventh grade and up who enjoy those genres and stories that break stereotypes and expectations.

* Book listened to on Audio CD

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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.

Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé
Skye is tired of always having to save her sister, Deirdre. When they move to an isolated new neighborhood, Skye manages to fit in, but Deirdre withdraws. She becomes fixated on the swampy woods behind their house, building monstrous sculptures out of sticks and bones. After Deirdre disappears, something awful comes scratching at Skye’s window in the middle of the night, claiming she’s the only one who can save Deirdre.

Mayhem and Madness: Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillain by J A Dauber
Bailey is pretty average—he runs track, gets decent grades, and has an unrequited crush. When he finds a super-powered flying suit of computerized armor under his home, he needs to know where it came from and if it can help him find his long-missing father. One day he’s getting beat up by the captain of the football team, the next day he’s robbing banks on Fifth Avenue, stealing diamonds from Tiffany’s, and zooming through aerial dogfights. But how much bad is Bailey willing to do to bring his dad home safely?

Skyjacked by Paul Griffin
Six friends who attend Manhattan’s elite Hartwell Academy are returning from an end-of-summer camping trip together on a private plane. Everything seems normal… except one of the regular pilots is sick, so there’s a replacement; Cassie is starting to get violently ill for no clear reason; and they realize the plane is flying west, not east. Soon it’s clear: the plane has been hijacked. Can they make it into the cockpit and overpower the hijacker? And if so, can they land the plane? Emotions are running high, and choosing who to trust is a matter of life or death.

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen (The Merciful Crow, Book One)
Fie’s Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, he offers Fie a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns. But the queen isn’t the only one Jasimir needs protection from.

Mother Tongue by Julie Mayhew
Darya has looked after her little sister, Nika, since she was a baby. Now Nika is starting school. Maybe Darya can find a job with her own tidy desk. Perhaps even a boyfriend. But when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, Darya’s life plans are fractured. Stalled. She is afraid. What if she never knows real love? What if she never finds somewhere she belongs?

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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

Jim and Will have been best friends forever. They live next door and were born only minutes apart. Where Will is cautious, Jim is wild, which is why they make such a great team. One day a lightning rod salesman comes to town, telling the boys a serious storm is headed their way and will strike Jim’s house. He is so convinced, he gives Jim a free lightning rod. But the storm doesn’t hit that night. Instead, a carnival comes to town even though it’s October. And this isn’t just any carnival. It is designed to discover your deepest desires and worst fears to trap you forever. Now the boys must save each other, even if they don’t want to be saved.

This classic from 1962 is featured in the 2019 Illinois Reads to celebrate the many wonderful works of Illinois native Ray Bradbury. Recommended for readers in high school and up.

* Book listened to as e-audiobook through Hoopla.

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.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (The Blood of Stars, Book One)
Maia dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the land, but as a girl, the best she can hope for is to marry well. When a royal messenger summons her ailing father to court, Maia poses as a boy and takes his place as one of twelve tailors vying for the job. Backstabbing and lies run rampant as the tailors compete in challenges to prove their artistry and skill.

Impossible Music by Sean Williams
Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counselled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.

Snowhook by Jo Storm
When a massive ice storm traps Hannah and her family in a remote cabin, it feels like a game to practice the survival skills she’s been learning. When her mother starts running low on insulin and with no way to contact the outside world, Hannah sets out to the nearest cabin to find a working phone and save the day. But a wrong turn and worsening weather will make it hard for her to even save herself.

The Spaces Between Us by Stacia Tolman
Serena and her best friend Melody are dying to get out of their shrinking factory town. Serena begins to fixate on communism, hoping to get a rise out of her blue-collar factory town. Melody decides to try out for cheerleading and get a job. With the future of their friendship and their lives on the line, the stakes have never been so high.

A Slip of a Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
For Anna, the family farm has always been home. But now her mother has died, and her older siblings have emigrated, leaving Anna and her father to care for a young sister with special needs. When a violent encounter with the Lord’s rent collector results in Anna and her father’s arrest, all seems lost. But Anna sees her chance and bolts from the jailhouse. On the run, Anna must rely on her own inner strength to protect her sister–and try to find a way to save her family.

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The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

The residents of the Washington towns of Rome and Carthage have been at war for years. Carthage takes pride in being the setting of the Unicorns Versus Dragons books and movies, while Rome is the hometown of rock sensation Carter Sloat. When the two high schools are merged, no one expects things to go well. But for Billy and Lydia, both outsiders at their respective schools, it’s a chance to experience something brand new—friendship. Only, from the moment they meet weird things start to happen. They hear hooves galloping in the heavy fog. An impossible tornado touches down right between the two towns. Billy’s house is trying to kill him, and Lydia is stuck with a ghost only she can see. And it’s all leading up to something much, much worse.

Taking on serious issues with a healthy dollop of humor, this novel’s magical realism will keep you wondering to the end what is and isn’t real. Billy and Lydia are intriguing characters who learn and grow in unexpected and satisfying ways. Recommended for readers in high school and up.