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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 2/12/2019
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 become 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

Due to the weather, the Winter Reading Program deadline has been extended to February 26, 2019. All log sheets and BINGO cards must be turned in before the library closes at 6:00 PM.

One Grand Prize ticket will be drawn on February 17, 2019 and the winner will receive a Family Game Pack. Winner will be called.
Whats New
Boots on the Ground: Americas War in Vietnam - Elizabeth Partridge
Exploration of the Vietnam War from many different perspectives including an American soldier, a nurse and a Vietnamese refugee. (YA 959.704 Par)
Hey, Kiddo - Jerrett Krosoczka
In kindergarten, Jerrett Krosoczkas teacher asks him to draw a family, with a mommy and daddy. But Jerretts family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict who is in and out of rehab. And his dad is a mystery. He does not even know his name. Jerrett lives with his grandparents who thought they were done parenting...until he came to live with them.

Graphic Novel (YA 362.29 KRO)
The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm - Christopher Paolini
Three new stories of Eragon set a year after he left Alagaesia to find a new home to train the newest generation of Dragon Riders. (YA F Pao)
Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus
Ellery had heard all about Echo Ridge. Her aunt went missing at 17 and only 5 years ago a homecoming queen was killed. Now Ellery is living there with a grandma she barely knows. Another girl goes missing and it seems that everyone in Echo Ridge is hiding something. Ellery is discovering that secrets are dangerous, and most people are not good at keeping them. (YA F McM)
Undying - Amie Kaufman & Megan Spooner
Trapped aboard the Undyings spaceship and reeling from what they have learned there, scanvenger Mia and academic Jules are plunged into a desperate race to warn their home planet of the danger humanitys greed has unleashed. (YA F Kau)
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