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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 7/24/2017
7/24/2017 - Finished another Truman Nominee over the weekend, "What Waits in the Woods" by Kieran Scott. If you are an April Henry or Mary Downing Hahn fan you will enjoy this murder mystery. The book starts out with a recovery journal entry from a patient in a psych ward. Other journal entries are scattered throughout the book giving you tantalizing, yet maddening, clues about who the murderer will be.

Our main character is Callie Velasquez, a 16-year-old, city girl from Chicago who has moved to upstate New York. Her new best friends, Lisa & Penelope have invited her on an all girls camping trip...but Callie has never been camping, let alone hiking in the woods. Even going to the bathroom terrifies her. Along for the trip is Callies boyfried, Jeremy. A last minute addition that the other two girls secretly do not want to come but never protested. After getting spooked by stories of the Skinner (a person who killed people along the trail many years ago), Callie starts finding blood along the trail and hearing laughter in the woods. When part of the group falls into the river ruining most of their food, their compass, and the map things go downhill fast. Will any of them make it back out of the woods alive? You will just have to read the book to find out.

7/10/2017 - I have started reading the Truman Nominees for the 2017-18 school year. "A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen was my first choice. Unlike her other series, this book is a stand alone and it is also historical fiction set in Russian controlled East Berlin, Germany after WWII.

On Sunday, August 13, 1961 8-year-old Gerta and her family are awoken to the sound of sirens screaming throughout East Berlin where her family lives. To their horror, overnight a wall of barbed wire had been built dividing East Berlin from West and is was lined with Grenzers, boarder police trapping Gerta, her older brother Fritz, and her mother in the East. Her father and other brother, Dominic were now stuck in West Berlin where they had traveled to look for work and housing in preparation for moving there. To make matters worse, Gertas father had been involved with a group looking for better treatment of workers and fair pay which put the family under suspicion working against the Russian government. Over the next four years, Gerta watches as the low barbed wire wall is replaced with a tall brick wall topped with barbed wire. Houses along the wall are emptied and boarded up so that the doors and windows cannot be used to escape.

Gerta, now 12-years-old, spots her brother, Dominic on the other side of the wall while walking to school one day. Her mother is terrified Gerta will get in trouble for looking at the wall. What follows is a game of charades with Gertas father doing the motions to a childrens song about digging. But what and where does he want Gerta to dig? And can she dig without attracting the attention of the Grenzers? With her brother, Fritz, due to be drafted into the army very soon, can she figure out what to do soon enough for them both to escape to the West?

7/4/2017 - Took less than a week to finish my last book, "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber. If you like mystery and magic with a little bit of romance on the side you will really like this book.

Scarlett Dragna and her sister, Tella, have lived their whole lives on the Isle of Trisda with a father who is controlling and abusive. Since hearing her grandmothers stories about Caraval, a once-a-year magical mystery game where the audience participates, she has dreamt of attending. Every year she has written the the mastermind of Caraval, Legend, and asked to be sent tickets. But, in order to escape her father, Scarlett has agreed to an arranged marriage and she writes a last letter to Legend explaining why he will not hear from her any more. Much to her surprise, she receives tickets for herself, Tella, and her fiancÚ. What follows is a crazy escape from the island
while drugged, only to wake up at the Isla de los Suenos in a rowboat with the sailor Tella met, with Tella nowhere to be seen. Tella is being held by Legend as the prize you must locate in order to win this years Caraval. With only 5 clues to follow and a cast of actors trying to throw her off track, Scarlett must locate her sister and win the coveted prize of a wish if she ever wants to be free from her father.

6/28/2017 - If you are a young adult looking for Historical Christian Romance, I just finished a book that you might like to try, "The Noble Servant" by Melanie Dickerson. Based loosely off the story of the "Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm, this book is a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.

Magdalen of Mallin has received a proposal of marriage from the Duke of Wolfberg who she met briefly 2 year ago. Her mother insists she must travel to Wolfberg Castle to marry immediately then beg her husband to help support her family because the copper mines that supported the family before her father died are no longer producing. Along the way, Magdalen is forced to switch places with her servant, Agnes, and then sent to tend the geese when they arrive at the castle while her servant marries the duke.

Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, is traveling home from Prague when he is attacked by his uncles guards but escapes. When he arrives at Wolfberg castle in disguise he discovers his uncle has replaced all of his trusted servants and his cousin, Alexander, is pretending to be Steffan. With no way to prove he is the real duke, he must bid his time working as a shepherd and try to find the proof of his true identity a servant hid in the castle.

When Magdalen and Steffan meet and figure out what has happened to each of them, they agree to work together to keep each other safe and find retribution. Filled with sword fights, sneeking around, and falling in love for all the right reasons, this was a great book.

6/20/2017 - During the month of May I finished reading all of the "Maze Runner" series and I just finished reading the book "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to "Six of Crows" and a great read if you like fantasy.

Kaz Brekker and his crew are back in Ketterdam, but instead of enjoying their reward for bringing Kuwei (the son of the creator of parem jurda) and all of his fathers notes back, they have been double crossed and are now hiding in a cemetery trying to figure out how to get their revenge. Van Eck has accused the crew of kidnapping Wylan so they must sneak around the city to get anything accomplished.

Jespers father shows up, lured to the city because the bank is calling in his loan and he will loose the farm if Jesper can not figure out how to pay it. Inej discovers someone has hired a mercenary who actually comes close to defeating her. Nina is still craving the parem and is scared because she can no longer use her power. Kuwie just wants to escape the city and be safe. Kaz is tormented by memories of his brother and how he feels about Inej. Wylan still looks like Kuwie and is torn between wanting revenge on his father and being a loyal son. Matthias is in love with Nina and will do almost anything to ensure her safety.

If you are looking for a book with unpredictable plot twists and lots of action, this will definitely be one to read.

Mrs. Amy
Who: 7th - 12th graders

Join Mrs. Amy from 1:00-2:00 PM in the Queen City Room on the second floor of the library for our last teen program of the summer.

July 25 - "Recycle/Reinvent" - create artwork out of old stuff



Grand prize winner will be drawn before we open on July 27, 2017 followed by the other prizes. Prizes may be picked up after 2:00 PM that day.
Truman Award Nominees for 2017-18
The Truman Award Nominees for next school year have been announced. I will update the list as they arrive in the library.

"Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard (YA F Ave)- has arrived
"The Fixer" by Jennifer Barnes (YA F Bar)- has arrived
"All Fall Down" by Ally Carter (YA F Car)- has arrived
"Forget Tomorrow" by Pintip Dunn (YA F Dun)- has arrived
"The Leveller" by Julia Durango (YA F Dur)- has arrived
"The Honest Truth" by Dan Gemeinhart (YA F Gem) - has arrived
"Code of Honor" by Alan Gratz (YA F Gra)- has arrived
"A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen (YA F Nie)- has arrived
"I am Princess X" by Cherie Priest and Cali Ciesemier (YA F Pri)- has arrived
"Orbiting Jupiter" by Gary Schmidt (YA F Sch)- has arrived
"What Waits in the Woods" by Kieran Scott (YA F Sco)- has arrived
"Rebel Mechanics" by Shanna Swendson (YA F Swe)- has arrived
Gateway Award Nominees for 2017-18
The Gateway Award Nominees for next school year have been announced. As more books arrive I will update the list.

"Ruthless" by Carolyn Lee Adams (YA F Ada)- has arrived
"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo (YA F Bar)- has arrived
"Emmy & Oliver" by Robin Benway (YA F Ben) - has arrived
"The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak" by Brian Katcher (YA F Kat)- has arrived
"Losers Take All" by David Klass (YA F Kla)- has arrived
"This Raging Light" by Estelle Laure (YA F Lau)- has arrived
"Zeroboxer" by Fonda Lee (YA F Lee)- has arrived
"Under a Painted Sky" by Stacey Lee (YA F Lee)- has arrived
"A Madness So Discreet" by Mindy McGinnis (YA F McG)- has arrived
"Inherit Midnight" by Kate Kae Myers (YA F Mye)- has arrived
"All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven (YA F Niv)- has arrived
"Extraordinary Means" by Robiyn Schneider (YA F Sch)- has arrived
"An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir (YA F Tah)- has arrived
"Everything Everything" by Nicola Yoon (YA F Yoo)- has arrived
"Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia (YA F Zap)- has arrived
Whats New
Beauty and the Beast - Jennifer Donnelly
Based off the new movie! (YA F Don)
Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Scarlett has never left the tiny island she lives on with her sister, Tella and their ruthless father. Scarletts father has arranged a marriage for her, so her dream of attending the Caraval has ended. But when her invitation arrives, with the help of a mysterious pirate and her sister, she sneaks away to attend with them. As soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped and Scarlett discovers the mastermind game planner is using her as the centerpiece for this years Caraval. Who ever finds Tella first will be the winner. (YA F Gar)
Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray
Teenaged soldier, Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey all of her commands, set out to save her home plant, the Earth Colony Genesis. (YA F Gra)
Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh
The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she had been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just 17, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko.s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who have been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace. The lone survivor, Mariko dresses as a peasant boy and plots her revenge. (YA F Ahd)
Frogkisser - Garth Nix
Princess Anya has big problems. Duke Rikard, her step-father, is an evil wizard who changes people into frogs. Her older sister and the heir to the throne, Morven, is a wimp. With the help of the castle librarian, Gotfried and the royal dogs, Anya must figure out a way to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and turn Prince Denholm back into a human. (YA F Nix)
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
The Dream Chooses the Dreamer, Not the Other Way Around--

and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. (YA F Tay)
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