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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 9/20/2017
9/20/2017 - "Code of Honor" by Alan Gratz is the book I finished yesterday. A good book if you like action and excitement.

Kamran Smith is a high school football star, dates the most popular girl in school, and can not wait to enlist in the army just like his big brother, Darius. Even though Kamrans mother is from Iran and his dad is American, Kamran has always felt 100% American. Accepted. But then his world comes crashing down when his brother is accused of leaving the army in Afghanistan and joining a terrorist cell.

Hounded by the press and rejected by his classmates, Kamran is sure his brother would never turn against America. Darius would never break the code of honor that they created as children. When he finds a hidden message in the videos that Darius is making using the stories they made up as children, he tries to convince the government agency that has taken him into "protective" custody that his brother is innocent. When it seems like the agents are not listening to Kamran, he decides he must escape, find his brother, and rescue him. Even if it means putting himself in harms way.

9/7/2017 - Another Truman Nominee finished and this one called for a box of tissues! My latest book is "The Honest Truth" by Dan Gemeinhart.

The main character in the book is Mark. A normal boy, about 6th grade (the book never says his age), with a dog named Beau, and a best friend named Jesse. But Marks life has not always been normal. He has survived several rounds of cancer and treatments. Each time he has gone into remission, his family has hoped it would be the time the cancer did not return...but after several very bad headaches and more test at the hospital, Mark knows the cancer is back. Tired of treatments, tired of being sick, he decides to leave home with Beau and climb Mount Rainier before it is too late. Along the way he meets all types of people. People who do not care, who show concern, bullies, people who are angry, and people who have also suffered loss. And along the way he learns about himself.

I really enjoyed this book but like I said...have the tissues ready.

8/24/2017 - Starting a book at the beginning of a busy vacation is never a good idea! I persisted and finished my latest Truman Nominee, "The Leveller" by Julia Durango. Futuristic Fantasy with a little bit of Dystropic on the side is how I would classify this book.

"Nixy Bauer, Home in an Hour"

Nixy is a high school bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP play entirely with their minds, while their parents sit looking for a way to wrench them back to reality. For $100 they can hire Nixy to illegally jump into their childs game and retrieve them. Luckily for Nixy, she is the best leveller out there. Nixys dad designs components for MeaParadisus so she gets to test the mini games and any new technology they develop looking for gliches. Her mom writes scripts for the programmers to follow.

When the son of the game developer, Wyn Salvador, disappears into the MEEP and leaves behind a suicide note, Nixy is called in to track him down. Wyn not only left behind a note, but he also designed traps to keep anyone from following him. Will Nixy be able to battle through all the traps and bring Wyn back? Or is their something more sinister lurking on the MEEP?

8/11/2017 - This is not a Young Adult book or a Truman Nominee. I just finished the book "Making Bombs for Hitler" by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Based off of the stories of work camp survivors during WWII, she has crafted a fantastic picture of what life was like for Nazi slaves captured from the eastern front and forced to work in factories during the war.

Lida thought she was safe, she was not Jewish, but at the age of 9 she and her younger sister, Larissa, are picked up by the Nazis, separated, and Lida is put in a cattle car headed into German territory. The train is full of other young Ukrainian children who are being sent to Germany to work in factories as forced labor. To stay alive Lida must lie about her age and prove her usefulness. Anyone who is not useful disappears.

This book is a fascinating work of historical fiction that deals with a topic that is not often covered in our history books. Worth a trip to the Childrens Department to check-out.

8/8/2017 - Another Truman Nominee finished during lunch today. This time I read "Forget Tomorrow" by Pintip Dunn. A fantastic fantasy book that will keep you turning the pages to see if the future will come true.

In Callies world, when you turn seventeen you receive a vision from your future self of what will happen to you. The vision is recorded and planted into a chip in your arm for future employers and spouses to check. But what happens when your future self is a criminal? That is Callies predicament. She sees herself killing her sister and will do anything to avoid that future. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, she manages to escape from a government testing facility where they are trying to ensure all future events happen in order to find "the key" to sending future memories back.

Can Callie figure out who "the key" is before it is too late? Can she change her future enough to stop the hunting (and sometimes killing) of psychics?


7/28/2017 - My latest Truman Nominee book was "The Fixer" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. An action adventure mystery this time around that I would recommend for fans of the "Virals" series by Kathy Reichs.

16-year-old Tess Kendrick lost her parents when she was four and every since then, has been living with her grandpa in Montana. Out of the blue her sister, Ivy shows up and realizes Tess has been hiding grandas memory issues and taking care of both grandpa and the ranch by herself. Tess is whisked off to Washington DC to live with a sister she barely talks to and knows almost nothing about. Her first day of school Tess learns about what her sister does for a living (she fixes other peoples problems) from the other students and after rescuing the vice presidents daughter from utter embarrassment, they expect her to be a fixer also. Through a series of tragic deaths, Tess becomes involved in a game of cat and mouse with some of Washington DCs most influential people. Can she figure out who is guilty before anyone else dies?


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?

Mrs. Amy
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
Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary - Martha Brockenbrough
He was born out of wedlock on a small island in the West Indies and orphaned as a teenager. From those inauspicious circumstances, he rose to a position of power and influence in colonial America (YA 973.4092 Bro)
Genuine Fraud - E. Lockhart
Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.

Julie is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.

An instant friendship. A disappearance. A murder, maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. (YA F Loc)
Golden Braid - Malanie Dickerson
Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry. (YA F Dic)
Jane, Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, Kiran Thrash, blows into Janes life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: "If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you will go."

What Jane does not know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change: the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her newly untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. (YA F Cas)
Lucky In Love - Kasie West
Maddie is not impulsive. She is all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment...she wins!

In a flash, Maddies life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly she is talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun...until rumors start flying, and random people begin asking her for loans. Now Maddie is not sure who she can trust. (YA F Wes)
Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine
Second book in "The Great Library" series. (YA F Cai)
Shadowcaster - Cinda Williams Chima
Book 2 in the "Shattered Realms" series. (YA F Chi)
Warcross - Marie Lu
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross is not just a game...it is a way of life. (YA F Lu)
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