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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 12/05/2018
12/5/2018 - Took a break from the Trumans to read the second book in the "Rosemarked" series. If you loved the first book, you will adore the second one "Umbertouched". Still full of action, plots and surprise events this book will keep you turning pages until the end.

Zivah and Dineas have been on the run for a month after escaping Sehmar City trying to make it back to Dara to warn their people of the oncoming army. But at each turn they are pinned down by the army trying to control the Rose plague and enforcing quarantines. After Dineas is almost captured by the army again, they discover Baruva is in the area and Zivah decides they must take the risk of discovery and search his tent for evidence against Baruva and Prince Kiran. Following a trail of clues, they travel across Ampara in hopes of tracking down a cure for the Rose plague then sneaking back into Monyar with the army hot on their trail.

10/29/2018 - Finished "Zero Day" by Jan Gangsei over the weekend. I can totally understand why it is a Truman Nominee. If you are a fan of April Henry, you will love this book. Action, plot twists, deception, and a smidge of romance.

Addie Webster was kidnapped eight years ago from the Govenors Mansion. After years of searching her family and best friend, Darrow, moved on...or at least tried to move on. Then out of nowhere, Addie is found at a truck stop claiming she escaped from the family that had held her captive. But for some, the timing of her return makes them question the truth of her story. Her father, now the President of the United States, is dealing with a home grown terrorist group named Cerberus who insists he take the cyber security of the United States more seriously and threatens more attacks. Is Addie involved or is it just a coincidence?

Darrow was the last person to see Addie. If he had just told an adult sooner or gone after her sooner maybe she would not have been kidnapped! He has kept track of every sighting of Addie over the last eight years. He is in shock when she shows up and he wants to believe her story, but, their is just something about her behavior that has him questioning what is going on.

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
A Teen Gingerbread House Challenge
7th-12th graders
December 28, 2018
1:00-2:30 PM
in the Queen City Room (second floor of the library)

Sign-up in the Childrens Department, space is limited.
House, frosting and basic decorations will be provided. You may bring your own supplies if you wish.
Whats New
Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott
Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control...even though her totally out-of-control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is her distance from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possiblili8ty of the lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of the hospital. He could not care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical trial. In one week he will turn eighteen, and then he will be able to unplug himself from all theses machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will is exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. But suddenly six feet does not feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

Read the book before the movie comes out! (YA F Lip)
Surviving Adam Meade - Shannon Klare
17-year-old Claire Collins has a plan, get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she does not have is an idea for how to get rid of local football star and womanizer extraordinaire Adam Meade, who she can not even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claires dad is the high school football coach.

17-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants...until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there is something about her that he just can not resist... (YA F Kla)
Thanos: Titan Consumed - Barry Lyga
Exiled from his home world, Thanos is determined to find the means to return to Titan and implement his plan...whatever the cost. His journey through the galaxy is a desperate race to save everything. Thanos will be successful...no matter how many billions have to die to bring balance to the universe. (YA F Lyg)
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Graphic Novel version of the classic story adapted and illustrated by Fred Fordham. (YA F Lee)
Umbertouched - Livia Blackburne
Next book in the Rosemarked series.

The Mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their people. (YA F Bla)
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