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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 3/31/2020
3/30/2020 - Finished my first book during the corvid-19 shut down, "The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle" written by Leslie Connor. The book is a Mark Twain nominee for the 2020-21 school year.

Mason Buttle is a very sweaty, very large 7th grader. He has a severe case of dyslexia and synesthesia. He lives with his uncle and grandma in the crumbledown surrounded by the apple orchard his family used to make their living off of. His best friend, Benny, died in a fall from a tree house they had built in the orchard 2 years ago. About once a month the detective in charge of the case stops by his house to ask him questions. Mason always tells him the truth but it never seems to make the detective happy.

Ms. Blinny, the school counselor, lets Mason eat his lunch in her office and introduces him to "The Dragon" (a computer that records what is spoken into it). She wants him to talk about what his life is like...tell his story.
While there he meets a new student, Calvin, who lives up the road from him. They hit it off and become friends. Both have to deal with neighborhood bullies who ride their bus and go to school with them.

This book is not for the faint of heart! I admit, I had to pull the tissues out at the end of the book. But, this was a very well written book that would make a great conversation starter about how to deal with bullies and being kind to others. Also a good book to start a conversation about when you should keep a friends secret and when you should tell an adult.

3/4/2020 - Finished the book "War Girls" by Tochi Onyebuchi. This book spent several weeks on the New York Times Young Adult Best Seller list in the fall and I understand why. Though the book is set in the year 2172, Onyebuchi based her story off of her mothers experiences during the Nigerian Civil War and events that happened during the wars in Africa during the 1990s and 2000s. During all of these conflicts young children where kidnapped and forced to join the military.

Climate change and a nuclear disaster have made much of the earth unlivable. Those who survived either moved into space or were left to fight over the resources that were still availble. Onyii runs a camp for former War Girls and orphans of the war. Ify is her little sister, rescued from a village Onyii was sent to sack. When the camp is discovered and attacked Ify is "rescued" by the Nigerians while Onyii returns to Biafra thinking the Nigerians have killed the little sister she swore to protect.

2/7/2020 - Stayed up late last night to finish "The Queen of Nothing" by Holly Black. This is...the third (and final) book in "The Fold of the Air" series. If you enjoyed the first two books I guarantee this last one will make you happy.

The book opens with Jude still exiled to the human world trying to figure out how to get back to Faerie. Her twin sister, Taryn, shows up and announces she is pregnant and has killer her husband. Not knowing that Jude cannot be glamoured, Taryn wants Jude to go back to Fairie and take her place at her trial so Jude can truthfully tell the inquest she did not kill Locke. Jude will do anything to get back into Fairie and agrees to the deception. All seems to be going well until Cardan asks to have a private work with Taryn/Jude. Does he know it is her? What will he do?

Full of deception, twists and turns, and a lot of surprise confessions this book was a great ending to a great older teen series.

1/27/2020 - Continuing my string of second books in series, I just finished "Steel Tide" by Natalie C. Parker. This is the...second book in the "Seafire" series. Like the first book, I recommend this book for 10th and up.

Caledonia survived her encounter with Lir and was rescued by a group of Blades (Bullets who ran away and are in hiding). Though she does not trust them, and they do not trust her, they heal her using stolen tech. Their good deed puts their whole group in danger and now they must flee again to find safety. But Caledonia has other plans. She needs to find her crew and apologize for deserting them but she can not do it alone. She makes a deal with the Blades, in return for helping her capture a boat, she will take the Blades through the Net and to safety while looking for her crew. Of course things never go as planned with Caledonia, but you will have to read the book to find out what happens to her.

1/6/2020 - Finished "Starsight" by Brandon Sanderson last night. If you enjoyed the first book, you will love the second book. Be prepared for a cliffhanger ending!

Spensa is trying to figure out how to use M-Bots cytonic hyperdrive when an alien space ship crashes on Detritus. The pilot is seriously injured but is also cytonic and passes critical information to Spensa before passing out. Spensa must decide within minutes if she is going to take the information M-Bot retrieves from the crashed ship and the pilot and jump into Krell territory and attempt to steal their hyperdrive technology. Using holographic technology, Spensa, now looking like the crashed pilot Alanik, and M-Bot disguised as her ship along with a stowaway, Doomslug, do exactly that.

1/2/2020 - I finished the three books in my adult series and am now reading "Starsight" by Brandon Sanderson. It is the sequel to "Skyward"

Mrs. Amy

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