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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 8/1/2019
8/1/2019 - I started reading the book "Refugee" by Alan Gratz in July but was so busy, I ended up returning the book without finishing it. Hopefully I will finish a book in August!

7/2/2019 - If you are looking for a good book that is a quick read "Forget Me Not" by Ellie Terry would be a good choice. This book is a Truman Nominee for the 2019-2020 school year and took me 2 days to read. Written in a combination of free verse and chapters it is not a book I would normally pick up but I am very glad I read it.

The free verse portions of the book are for Calliope June. Calliope has Tourette syndrome, a mom who moves every time she looses a boyfriend (this is move number 10), and has been told by her Dr. and mother to never tell anyone about her Tourettes because people "Just do not understand". But the harder Calli tries to hide her tics, the worse the tics become.

Jinsong lives next door to Callis new apartment. He is fascinated with her long golden hair and as the student body president of the school she will attend must greet her. But, when her odd style of clothing (she prefers older baggy clothes that will hide some of her tics), eye rolling, and toe tapping makes the other kids tease Calli, Jinsong does not have the courage to stand up to them. He hides the fact he likes Calli and that they hang out after school.

This is not just your run of the mill, I researched Tourette syndrome books. The author, Ellie Terry, has Tourette syndrome and experienced many of the same things Calli experiences. If you want to find out how things turn out for Calli and Jinsong you will have to read the book.


6/27/2019 - I have actually read 3 books since April but none of them seemed blog worthy. Though this book is a Mark Twain Nominee for the 2019-20 school year, I think young adult readers will enjoy it also. "Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus" by Dusti Bowling is about a young lady named Aven Green. She is headed into 8th grade, has just moved to Arizona from Kansas, and was born with no arms.

Moving to a new school is a challenge, but having a disability and moving from the school you grew up in is worse. Having to explain why you have no arms, the looks of pity, not knowing if the person talking to you really wants to be your friend or just wants information. After several sessions of eating lunch in the bathroom, Aven discovers the library and a classmate with Tourette syndrome named Connor. Connor and Aven become best friends, solve a mystery, and learn that being different may not be so bad.

4/1/2019 - I finished a book in less than 7 day! This book is a blast from the past with a copyright of March 2018 but the second book in the series just came in so I went back to read the first one, "The Traitors Game" by Jennifer A. Nielsen. The book starts slow with a lot of background story setting up the rest of the book, but, once you get into the actual plotline the story takes off.

Kestra Dallisor has been living in the Lava Fields for three years. Some say she is in exile, some say she is in hiding after being kidnapped, but Kestra knows the real reason. Now she has been ordered back to the Kingdom of Antora by her father. On her way back home she is attacked by the Coracks. The Coracks hate the Dallisor family because they enforce the laws of King Endrick (an evil king who killed his own people in order to take their powers so he could live forever). Simon is a Corack, but he also used to be Kestras best friend...until she sent him to the dungeons for stealing her mothers ring. He managed to escape the dungeon and now he wants his revenge. The Coracks want to use Kestra to find the Olden Blade, the only sword that is able to kill King Endrick.

Oh what a tangled web we weave! Did Simon really steal the ring? Why was Kestra really living in the Lava Fields? Will she help Simon find the Olden Blade or will she send him back to the prison? If they find the Olden Blade will they turn it over to the Coracks? And what about the prophecy? Oh, I forgot to mention that! "One to Fall. One to Vanquish, One to Rule."

Mrs. Amy
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Descendant of the Crane - Joan He
Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. (YA F He)
Fake It Till You Break It - Jenn R. Nguyen
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They have endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can not stand to be in the same room together. (YA F Ngu)
Girls of July - Alex Flinn
Britta is the bubbly drama queen. She needs to get away...and a peaceful cabin in the woods sounds like the perfect escape.

Meredith is the overachiever. She has spent her entire life preparing for college, but at what cost? Now she is wondering if that is all there is.

Kate is the reluctant socialite. She is searching for a reason to begin again after fleeing her small Georgia town...and a shameful family secret.

Spider is the quiet intellectual. She is struggling with pain that has isolated her from her peers for much of her life.

When these four very different young women stay together for a month in the mountains, they discover that sometimes getting away from it all can only bring you back to who you really are. (YA F Fli)
Nocturna - Maya Motayne
To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her...and a disguise she shrugs into as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, Finn has not seen her own face in years, and that is exactly how she likes it. But when she gets caught by a powerful mobster, she is forced into an impossible missions: steal a legendary treasure from Castallans royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever. (YA F Mot)
Shadow of the Fox - Julie Kagawa
First book in a new series.

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish, and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn. (YA F Kag)
The Rest of the Story - Sarah Dessen
Emma Saylor does not remember a lot about her mother who died when she was twelve. But she does remember the stories her mom told her about the big lake that went on forever with cold, clear, water and mossy trees at the edge.

Life with dad is good, put predictable, until she is sent to spend the summer with her mothers family in North Lake. Her mother grew up in working class North Lake while her dad spent summers in the wealthier Lake North resort. The more time Emma spends there, the more she feels divided. To her father, she is Emma. But to her new family she is Saylor, the name her mother always called her. (YA F Des)
Theodore Boone: The Accomplice - John Grisham
Theo has been worried about his good friend Woody Lambert. Woody is struggling at school and making bad choices. But when Woody is arrested, and unwitting accomplice to armed robbery, Theo knows he is innocent. Racing the clock, Theo will do everything in his power to help his friend and save Woody from an unforgiving system where justice is not equal for all. (YA F Gri)
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