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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 4/1/2019
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."

3/25/2019 - Finished "Wicked King" by Holly Black during my lunch. This is the second book in the "Folk of the Air" series.

Cardan has been the High King of Faerie for five months now and Jude Duarte is his seneschal, his most trusted advisor, but she also has the power to control what he does and says for a year and a day. Playing a game of move and countermove she is trying to give her brother Oak time to grow up before he becomes the High King of Faerie. But her list of enemies is growing, Madoc the Faerie who raised her, Balekin the brother she tricked out of a crown, and now the Queen of the Ocean is making a bid for the Crown of Fairie. Will she be able to keep Cardan and Oak safe? Or should she really be worried about keeping herself safe?

I enjoyed reading this book. It is a worthy follow up to the book "Cruel Prince" and the twist at the end sets up a third book. Too bad I have to wait until 2020 to read the next book!

3/6/2019 - Sooo... I admit I read my latest book with reluctance because I have watched most of the Marvel movies and I just could not see how a book could compare. Boy was I wrong. I just finished "Thanos: Titan Consumed" by Barry Lyga and I really enjoyed it. In "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Marvel Studios, 2014) we are introduced to Thanos, Gamora & Nebula but the movie gives very little background information on those three characters. This book definitely fills you in! From his birth on Titan to his search for the Infinity Stones, this book shows how Thanos went from an isolated young child to someone who believes he knows the only way to save the universe. A must read for anyone who loves all things Marvel.

2/12/2019 - Finished another pretty good book. If you are a fan of historical fiction you should read "Resistance" by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Set in Poland during World War II, Nielsen researched the journals and letters of Akiva, resistance members, and couriers who traveled between Jewish ghettos and fought for freedom in the ghettos between September 1941 and April 1943.

Chaya Lindner was 13 when the Germans invaded Poland. She lived with her brother, Yitzchak, sister, Sara and her parents in Krakow, Poland where her father owned a shoe repair shop. At first all Jews were required to register, then their houses were raided, followed by loosing their businesses. In 1941 the family was forced to move into the Podgorze District and Chayas name was put on a list to be transported. Her family made the difficult decision to try to send her to her grandmothers. Unable to make it to her grandmother, Chaya ended up finding her Akiva scout leaders, Shimshon and Gusta Draenger, who took her and many other Jews into their farm. Unsure how long they can hide at the farm the group decides to start fighting back by creating fake documents so they can smuggle food and medicine into the ghettoes. Chaya is also involved in smuggling babies out of the ghetto to be adopted by Polish families.

Follow the story of Chaya as she smuggles food, babies and weapons into and out of the ghettoes. Learn about the Cyganeria Café bombing by the Jewish resistance. Travel to the Lodz ghetto just before it is liquidated and join the fighting in the Warsaw Ghetto as Chaya and the other resistance fighters preparer to fight back.

1/29/2019 - Wow! Just...Wow! Brandon Sanderson has written another fantastic SciFi book for Young Adult!!! "Skyward: Claim the Stars" was one of the best books for 9-12th graders in the SciFi genre that I have read in a long time.

The book opens with a prologue. A young Spensa is traveling through the cave systems of their planet to visit the surface with her father. Her father is a famous pilot, the best in the fleet, protecting their home from the Krell. But after they reach the surface the Krell attack and her father is called away to defend Alta leaving Spensa to find her way home. When she finally arrives home, her father is gone and she is labeled the daughter of a coward.

Shamed and shunned because of her fathers cowardly act, she spends her time hunting rats, exploring caves and waiting until she can avenge her fathers name by becoming an even better pilot than he was. But she does not know that the military leadership will never accept the child of a coward as a pilot and there is more to the death of her father than she knows. When a teacher calls her aside and tells her not to bother taking the pilots test, she is devastated and goes cave exploring to try to overcome her disappointment and anger. What she finds in the caves will change the future of her life drastically.

1/15/2019 - New year, new book finished. I finally finished reading all of the Trumans and am now reading for fun. First book of 2019 is "Furyborn" by Claire Legrand book one in the Empirium Trilogy. I absolutely loved this book BUT there are two small portions of mature content so this book recommendation is for 10-12th graders.

The book alternates between two very powerful young women. Rielle Dardenne lives at the palace and grew up playing with Prince Audric and his cousin Ludivine. But, she has a secret. In a world where each person can control one power from the empirium (sun, air, fire, shadow, water, metal or earth), Rielle can control them all. A thousand years later, Eliana Ferracora is the Dread of Orline. At the age of 10 her mother started training her in the family business of "taking care of problems" for the Lord of Orline and after her mother was injured she took over the business in order to keep her family safe. But, she also has a secret. Her body heals itself within hours of being damaged. No scars from knife wounds, no broken bones a fact she keeps hidden because since the rule of Queen Rielle there has been no one connected to the empirium in the world.

How are two young ladies living a thousand years apart connected? Are they the answer to a prophecy from long ago? One the Blood Queen, the other the Sun Queen. One destined to destroy the world, the other destined to save the world? And which one is which?

Mrs. Amy
Summer Reading Club is not just for kids! Teen have their own programs and are challenged to investigate a UNIVERSE OF STORIES by joining the SUMMER READING CLUB for 7th-12th grade.

Sign-up starts June 4, 2019 (This is also the first day for teen programs!) and a library card is required.

YOUTH READERS (7-12th) - must read chapter books that are at least 100 pages long. Every 500 pages read = a full reading log. (graphic novels do not count)

*Adapted reading logs are available for students with disabilities. Please talk to the Childrens Librarian.

At sign-up you will receive a packet with your first log sheet, a calendar, Summer Reading Event program, and a book mark.


3. RETURN your completed log sheet to receive a free paperback book from the library and enter into the prize drawing at the end of the program.

NEW THIS YEAR! Instead of one grand prize per age level, multiple prizes will be drawn for at the end of the program. Prizes may be picked up on Friday, July 26 during our "LAST BLAST" (more details later).

Truman Award Nominees for 2019-2020
The Truman Award Nominee list from the Missouri Association of School Librarians has been released for the 2019-2020 school year. The list contains books that are considered to be outstanding reads for 6-8th graders. Students will be able to vote on which ones they like the best in their local schools during March of 2020.

And the nominees are:

"Rosemarked" by Liva Blackburne - has arrived
"Greetings from Witness Protection" by Jake Burt - has arrived
"Refugee" by Alan Gratz
"The Trail" by Meika Hashimoto - has arrived
"Hideout" by Watt Key - has arrived
"Renegades" by Marissa Meyer - has arrived
"Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds - has arrivd
"Lost Boys" by Darcey Rosenblatt
"To Catch a Killer" by Sheryl Scarborough - has arrived
"Clickd" by Tamara Ireland Stone - has arrived
"Forget Me Not" by Ellie Terry
"Piecing Me Together" by Renee Watson - has arrived
Gateway Award Nominees for 2019-2020
The Gateway Award Nominee list from the Missouri Association of School Librarians has been released for the 2019-2020 school year. The list contains books that are considered to be outstanding reads for 9-12th graders. Students will be able to vote on which ones they like the best in their local schools during March of 2020.

And the nominees are:

"A List of Cages" by Robin Roe - has arrived
"A Short History of the Girl Next Door" by Jared Reck
"Dear Martin" by Nic Stone - has arrived
"Defy the Stars" by Claudia Gray - has arrived
"Dreamland Burning" by Jennifer Latham
"Eliza and Her Monsters" by Francesca Zappia - has arrived
"Far From the Tree" by Robin Benway - has arrived
"Goodbye Days, A Novel" by Jeff Zentner - has arrived
"Invictus" by Ryan Graudin - has arrived
"Moxie" by Jennifer Mathieu - has arrived
"Nyxia" by Scott Reintgen - has arrived
"One of Us is Lying" by Karen McManus - has arrived
"Soldier Boy" by Keely Hutton
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas - has arrived
"The Names They Gave Us" by Emery Lord - has arrived
Take a look at our "Out of this World" programs for 7-12th grade!

TUESDAY TEENS - 1:00 PM - Queen City Room
(Check back for more details!)

June 4 "1,000 Word Pictures" Kevin Walker, Walker Photography will be here to talk about photography. Bring your camera if you have one.

June 18 "Introducing Yoga" Irene Renauld, Body Retreat 2, will be here to introduce you to yoga.

June 25 "In the Dark" Learn how to make Chinese Shadow Puppets.

July 2 "A Galaxy of Trivia" Sci-Fi franchise, planets, ships, alien pets, villains, and alien races. Can you answer the questions?

July 16 "In the Light" Create a galaxy of art

July 23 "The Room" 45 minutes, hidden clues, puzzles to solve. Can you conquer the last puzzle and outsmart "The Room"?

LUNCH WITH A LIBRARIAN - 11:00 AM - Queen City Room
June 11 & July 9
Bring a sack lunch, drink, and the books you are reading. Talk with other teens and get a sneak peak at book titles arriving in late summer/early fall.
Whats New
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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