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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 10/11/2018
10/11/2018 - In my quest to read the Truman Nominees I have finished another book,"Mayday" by Karen Harrington. The book is divided into 3 sections, Before, After & Now.

Before: Wayne Kovak was a fact-spewing, nerd who was sort of dating one of the prettiest girls in middle school. But, home was not great. His grandpa was a former drill-sergeant who ordered him around and always seemed disappointed. His dad was a deadbeat who was always late and never there when he needed him. His uncle, Reed,was being deployed overseas and he was worried about him. His facts protect him from his fears.

After: Waynes uncle is killed overseas and on the way back from the funeral the airplane he and his mom are riding in crashes. During the crash his throat is hit by flying debris which makes him loose his voice. With no voice he feels powerless.

Now: Well, you will need to read the book to find out if Wayne found his voice or not. I will tell you that if you are prone to tears you might need tissues at the end of the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it for any student.

10-1-18 - April Henry has written another great mystery book that is a Truman Nominee for 2018-19, "The Girl I Used to Be".

17-year-old Ariel Benson, now known as Olivia Reinhart, was three years old when she witnessed her mom being murdered by her father...or at least that is what she has believed her whole life. After her mother was discovered dead in the woods, she was found abandoned in a WalMart unable to remember what happened. Her fathers car was found miles away abandoned in a long term parking lot at an airport. When the police show up at her apartment door, she discovers her fathers jawbone was discovered in the same woods where her mothers body was found. The police now believe he was murdered at the same time as her mother. Olivia decides to return to the town she spent her childhood in and attend the funeral in hopes of finding out what really happened.

Full of interesting suspects, a boy who could be more than a friend, and an old neighbor who is more like family than Olivia has had in years, I would recommend this book to any teen.

9/21/2018 - Whoohoo, I am back to reading the Truman Nominees for 2018-29. I just finished the book "Ruined" by Amy Tintera and I loved it! Packed with action and a plot line that flows along smoothly, this book is well worth reading. The only part I am sad about is I am moving on to another Truman Nominee instead of reading the next book in the series. Because of the mature teen content, I would not recommend giving this book to high level younger readers (6th & under). Actually, I have only read one Truman so far that I would recommend for advanced readers, "Things to Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry".

Emeline Flores, Em, has lost her parents, her home, and her sister. She does not have the magical powers most of her fellow Ruined posses. Her parents were murdered and her sister was kidnapped while she watched helplessly. But having nothing to lose can be freeing. Driven by the desire for revenge, she enters the kingdom of Lera posing at the princes bride-to-be, Mary. She hopes to find out where they are holding Olivia so that she can free her and then kill the royal family. A brilliant plan until she actually has to marry Prince Casimir and discovers he is not as ruthless as his father. Mater of fact, Em may actually be falling in love with Cas.

4/23/2018 - "The Imposter Queen" by Sarah Fine is my newest Truman Nominee to finish. Another excellent selection for readers who prefer fantasy books.

Elli was only a child when she was taken away from her parents and brought to the temple, destined to be the next Valtia, Queen and protector of her people, able to control both fire and ice magic. A flame shaped mark on her leg and an age old prophecy declaring her the most powerful Valtia ever has sealed her destiny. But when the current Valtia dies something terrible happens. Ellie cannot access the power that should have come to her. The elders try to force Elli to use the power by almost killing her but it does not work. Knowing that her life is in danger, Elli is smuggled out of the temple by her handmaid, Mim.

If you want to know more about the prophecy and what happens to Elli, you will have to read the book.

4/16/2018 - Managed to find enough time to finish the book "Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry" by Susan Vaught. This is a Truman Nominee and I would recommend it as a must read for next school year. Set in modern day Oxford, Mississippi, the book is a work of historical fiction that deals with having a grandmother in the late stages of Alzheimers, a father with PTSD, and looking into the history of Ole Miss during the time of the race riots and desegregation.

Grandma Bean and Avadelle Richardson had been best friends until the night of the Meredith riot. What happened that night changed both of their lives and in the months after the riot their friendship turned into a feud. One night Grandma Bean tells Dani to go look for a secret key and envelope that she had hidden for her that will explain why the feud started. With the help of her best friends Indri, and the boy who is no longer her friend, Mac (he also happens to be Avadelles grandson), Dani starts digging to try to find the truth about what happened that night and why it tore two friends apart. At the same time, she learns how sheltered from the true history of that time she and her friends have been at school.

Are there things that happen that are unforgivable? Is the true history of the US being lost over time? You must read the Authors Note at the end of the book! The author challenges her readers to look closely at the "then" and "now" to see how things have changed and what still needs to be changed. How can you be a positive influence in our current history?

4/3/2018 - I have started my quest to read all of the 2018-19 Truman awards. The first book on my list is "The Forgetting" by Sharon Cameron.

Nadia has grown up inside the city of Canaan surrounded by its safe white walls. But Nadia does not feel safe, she feels trapped. Trapped by the horror of the Forgetting that happens every 12 years and will be returning soon. A Forgetting that no one else in the city seems to remember but that she cannot forget. To escape, she has been sneaking over the wall while everyone else is sleeping. She brings back much needed supplies of food to share with her mother, sisters, and neighbors. Enough to make a difference, but not be noticed. Until she gets caught by one of her classmates, Gray the glassmakers son, and he wants her to take him over the wall.

I really enjoyed this book. Look for the answers to these questions. Why is it not safe to go over the wall? Why does Nadia not forget and is there anyone else in the city who remembers? How long has the Forgetting been going on? Is there a way to stop it?

Mrs. Amy
Whats New
Bridge of Clay - Markus Zusak
The five Dunbar brothers are living with their menagerie of pets in the perfect chaos of a house made by their won rules. Today, the father who walked out on them long ago walks back in.

And so the life of Clay, the quiet on with a harrowing secret, is about to change forever. He is the one who will build a bridge...for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins. A miracle and nothing less. (YA F Zus)
I Am Still Alive - Kate Alice Marshall
After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she does not act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive...for now.

Before: Jess had not seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But she was still healing from the car crash that killed her mother when she had to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.

After: With only her fathers dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for good, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she is stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father. (YA F Mar)
Light Years - Kass Morgan
Hotshot pilot, Vesper, dreams of becoming a captain, but when she loses her spot to the wisecracking boy from the wrong side of the asteroid belt, she begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Trapped on the toxic planet Deva, Cormak will take any chance he can to join the Academy...even if he has to steal someones identity to get there.

Arran was always an outcast on icy Chetire and is looking for a place to belong. He just never thought it would be in the arms of the hottest guy in the galaxy.

And Orelia had infiltrated the fleet to complete a mission, one that threatens the security of everyone abound her. But if anyone finds out who she really is, it will be her life on the line. (YA F Mor)
Muse of Nightmares - Laini Taylor
Sequel to "Strange the Dreamer"

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong. (YA F Tay)
Resistance - Jennifer A. Nielsen
Chaya Lindner is a Jewish teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in ever-present danger of being killed or sent to the camps. After her little sister is taken away to a death camp, her younger brother disappears, and her parents all but give up hope. Chaya is determined to make a difference. Using forged papers and her fair features, Chaya becomes a courier, able to travel between the isolated Jewish ghettos of Poland and smuggling food, documents, and even people. (YA F Nie)
Runaways: Find Your Way Home - Rainbow Rowell & Kris Anka
Graphic Novel

Rainbow Rowell teams with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka to revive the series "Runaways". Did Chase and Gerts love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nicos feelings made their friendship impossible? And should you be more worried about the emotional land mines lying in wait...or the shadowy scientist watching the ragtag group from a distance? Plus: What is in Chases backpack? And what is up with Princess Powerful, A.K.A. the best Marvel character of all time, Molly Hayes?! (YA F Row)
Tales From the Inner City - Shaun Tan
"Tales from the Inner City" is a collection of original stories about the relationships between animals and human beings. (YA F Tan)
Zenith: The Andoma Saga - Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Most knew Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however she is just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauders all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation-and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andis past.

(YA F Als)
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