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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 6/20/2017
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.

5/15/2017 - Over the last month I have been reading the rest of the "Maze Runner" series by James Dashner. I had read the first 2 books several years ago, but the last ones were constantly checked out so I gave up until now. "Death Cure" took me three weeks to finish, not because it was a poor book but because I have been busy! I really enjoyed the book and it is open ended enough he could decide to write a new trilogy based off of it. I am just a few chapters away from finishing "The Kill Order", which is the prequel to the series. It has answered a lot of the questions that I had about how the Flare started in the first place. I cannot wait to finish it tonight. Next up will be "The Fever Code".

4/7/2017 - Newest book by Victoria Aveyard is my latest read, "King.s Cage", third book in the "Red Queen" series. Though I loved the ending, and if she writes any more books in this series I will read them, for me this book had many parts that were predictable and overly drawn out. I kept catching myself skipping paragraphs to get to the action.

The story picks up where Aveyard stopped in the last book, Mare is a prisoner in Maven.s court. With a collar around her neck, and a leash that Maven holds. She is in the constant company of 4 Arvens (their power works like silent stone and suppresses other talents). A toy for Maven to show off and force to do, and say, what he wants in order to protect her family. Though kept in a comfortable room, Mares every thought is how to get revenge on Maven and how to escape. How can she use his twisted love of her to create chaos?

Meanwhile, through the eyes of Cameron and Cal you are shown that the Scarlett Guard is not just a small group trying to overthrow one country. They are a large, well organized group working with other kingdoms to bring about the end of Silver rule in all of the kingdoms. And part of that plan is destroying Maven.

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 on June 6, 20, 27 & July 18, 25. Each week I have a different activity planned for you to enjoy(program details will be announced in mid-May).

June 6 - "Logo Yourself" - design a business logo that reflects who you are or want to be

June 20 - "Tiny House Design" - work in teams to design the floor plans for a tiny house

June 27 - "Build a Better Mousetrap" - design a Rube Goldburg machine using provided supplies

July 18 - "Building Community" - use old t-shirts to make toys for a local animal rescue

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

On June 13 and July 11 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, bring a sack lunch to the Queen City Room on the second floor of the library. Talk with other teens about the books you are reading and get a sneak peek at "soon to be printed Young Adult titles" from Mrs. Amy.

Pick up a log packet at the June 6th TUESDAY TEEN program or come to the Childrens Department anytime on June 7th or after to sign up.

*Read 500 pages for each log sheet you return(minimum book size of 100 pages). Adapted reading logs area available for students with reading disabilities. Please talk to the Childrens Librarian.

*Books must be checked out from the library to count

*Prize drawing at the end of the program.
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
"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
"Zeroboxer" by Fonda Lee - has arrived
"Under a Painted Sky" by Stacey Lee
"A Madness So Discreet" by Mindy McGinnis
"Inherit Midnight" by Kate Kae Myers (YA F Mye)- has arrived
"All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
"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
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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