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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

As Dill begins his senior year, he’s facing a lot of changes. Most notably, Lydia, one of his two best (and only) friends will be leaving for college in a year while Dill and Travis are stuck where they are. Travis seems content to work at his Dad’s lumber yard and escape through his favorite fantasy books. But Dill isn’t sure where he belongs any more. With his father in prison and his mother injured from a car accident, it’s up to him to support his family—even though they don’t support him. Is he resisting Lydia’s encouragement to go to college and focus on his music because it’s not possible? Or because he wants it too much?

Set in a small, rural town in Tennessee, this book paints a vivid picture of what it’s like to feel trapped by circumstances. But it also sends a powerful message of hope, friendship, and faith. Highly 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.

The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan
Mattie hides her obsession with Harry Houdini and Dorothy Dietrich from everyone. But when her anxieties become overwhelming, she distracts herself by seeking out Miyu, the reclusive daughter of a world-renowned escape artist. With Miyu’s help, Mattie secretly transforms herself into a burgeoning escapologist and performance artist. But when a classmate discovers her secret, they both learn that not all secrets can remain secret forever.

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan
Ronney is the kid with the dad who tried to kill himself and the pill-popping mom. When a local eccentric open up all the cages of his exotic zoo, Ronney is left tending to his sister’s mounting fears of roaming lions, stopping his best friend from going on a suburban safari, and shaking loose a lonely boy who follows Ronney wherever he goes. Can Ronney figure out a way to hold it together as all his worlds fall apart?

The Fall of Innocence by Jenny Torres Sanchez
For the past eight years, Emilia has done her best to move on from the traumatic attack she suffered in the woods behind her elementary school. Most of all, she’s tried to forget about Jeremy Lance, the boy responsible. But when a startling discovery about her attacker’s identity comes to light, and the memories of that day break through the mental box in which she’d shut them away, Emilia is forced to confront her new reality and make sense of shifting truths about her past, her family, and herself.

The 11th Hour by Kristine Scarrow
After weeks of planning, Annika leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, Dylan. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but seeing as they all seem set against the relationship. But not everything goes according to plan, and soon Dylan’s behaviour becomes unsettling, and Annika realizes that her safety is at stake. She finally admits to herself that Dylan needs help she can’t provide.

Archival Quality by Ivy Noelle Weir (Graphic Novel)
After losing her job at the library, Cel starts working at the Logan Museum as an archivist. But the job may not be the second chance she was hoping for. As her mental health slips, she begins to dream of a young woman she’s never met, but feels strangely drawn to. As Cel attempts to learn more about the woman, she begins losing time, misplacing things, and passing out.

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

For the last few years, Cas has been following in his late father’s footsteps, taking up the work he left unfinished when he was killed. It means moving around a lot, staying on the outside, never making friends. Because Cas is a ghost hunter. He finds and puts to rest the dead who linger, causing harm to the living. When he learns of Anna Dressed in Blood, he thinks she’ll be just like any other case. But nothing about Anna is what he expected. Soon Cas finds himself with a ghost he can’t handle on his own, and a host of people who insist on helping him.

Recommended to readers in high school and up who enjoy paranormal and horror, especially fans of the TV show Supernatural.

 

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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.

The Foreseeable Future by Emily Adrian
Audrey’s plan is to move to Seattle rather than attend Whedon College in the fall, where both of her parents work. To earn the money, she’s working the night shift at the local nursing home. Seth works there, too, and a romance quickly blossoms between them. But things get complicated when Audrey saves the life of Cameron Suzuki, Seth’s ex. Just as she’s learning to love life where she is, her newfound fame opens the door to Seattle.

The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger
Ray knows everything about the peculiar legends and lore of his rural Connecticut hometown—from green cow sightings to human groundhogs. But the new girl, Jane Doe, is a mystery. Jane seems as determined to hide her past as Ray is to uncover it. Fascination turns to friendship and then to something more. But when the unthinkable happens, Ray is forced to acknowledge that perhaps history can only tell us so much.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Laila’s creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Pulitzer Prize–winning Nadiya Nazarenko. At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Can she choose between perfection and sanity?

Always Forever Maybe by Anica Mrose Rissi
When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling. She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas and Molly Muldoon (Graphic Novel)
Camp Bloom is a weight-loss camp in the deep wilderness of Oregon. Jesse, Noah, Tony, and Kate think it’s just another boring summer. Until one night, when Jesse and Noah witness a beloved counselor’s murder. The body’s gone by the next morning, but a blurry photo leads to one clue—the murderer is one of the camp’s staff members!

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The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Alice and her mother have spent her entire life on the run, trying to escape the fame and fans of Alice’s grandmother. Althea’s collection of twisted tales, “Tales from the Hinterland,” didn’t sell many copies, but quickly became a cult hit. When word reaches Alice and her mother that Althea has died, they think it’s safe to try to live a normal life. Alice even breaks her vow to avoid fans and befriends Ellery Finch. And then one day it all crashes down, and Alice realizes she’ll never be safe, never live a normal life, until she discovers the truth about her grandmother and the hinterland for herself.

A strange blend of contemporary and fantasy, this book can be a bit confusing at times. But Alice is a strong and likeable character and Albert has created a creepy and believable world. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy books that blend genres, especially fantasy and fairy tales.

*Book listened to on 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.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Raised to be a warrior, Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, who supposedly died five years ago, fighting with the enemy. Forced to join the Riki to survive the winter, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family.

All the Little Lights by Jamie McGuire
Year ago, Elliott and Catherine became friends, joined as fellow outcasts. But when Catherine needed him most, Elliott was forced to leave town. Now he’s back, a star high school athlete determined to win Catherine’s forgiveness. But just as Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy.

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker
Mira has always been more concerned with playing trumpet in the jazz band than anything else. She only goes to the warehouse party to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek. Now her old life seems so unimportant. But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister.

Screenshot by Donna Cooner
Skye’s social media game is always on point. Until an embarrassing video of Skye at a sleepover is posted online. The post is quickly deleted, but then Skye gets an anonymous message—a screenshot from the video. This person threatens to share the shocking photo online . . . unless Skye does whatever they say. What will Skye do to keep the screenshot under wraps? And who is trying to ruin her life?

Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki (Graphic Novel)
Kara is concerned about winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday and surviving her latest mega-zit. The superpowers and not knowing where she came from she can handle. Then an earthquake shatters her small town of Midvale. Now Kara’s powers are kicking into high gear, and people she trusted are revealing creepy ulterior motives.

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Hiding by Henry Turner

Since being dumped by his girlfriend, Laura, a teenage boy has been ghosting through his life. His mother has also left his dad, who sits around watching TV all day. He’s always been very good at hiding in plain sight—the kind of hiding where you’re in the middle of a crowded room but no one sees you. So being left on his own now isn’t so different. In fact, it allows him to wander the town unnoticed. So when he winds up in Laura’s backyard and notices the unlocked basement window, he knows he can get in without being discovered. Only once he’s there, nothing is what he expected. It turns out Laura’s family has a secret of their own. He’s not sure why, but he knows he must figure out what it is.

Written in a very casual style, this story takes a while to get used to. But the characters are vividly drawn, and the mystery unfolds at a slow but steady pace. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy psychological mysteries.

 

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