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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 7/5/2020
7/5/2020 - Finished another one of next years Truman Award Nominees, "Lifeboat 12" by Susan Hood. Using her research of diaries, letters, and interviews with survivors of the bombing of the SS City of Benares, Hood has recreated what happened to 13-year-old Ken Sparks. Ken was one of 90 British children who were being sent from England to Canada to keep them safe from the German bombings of England. He and 45 other Benares employees and passengers board lifeboat 12 when the Germans bomb and sink the ship.

This book is a work of fiction, but at the end of the book, Susan Hood cites her resources. The book also includes pictures of the real Ken Sparks and the other 5 children who were in lifeboat 12. This book was a really quick read and if you enjoy historical fiction I would definitely recommend you read it.

6/16/2020 - Last night I finished the newest book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes". If you are a Collins fan, this is a worthy addition to the series that will explain a lot of the background of how the Hunger Games started and why president Snow hates Katniss so very much.

It is time for the 10th annual Hunger Games and this year Coriolanus Snow age 18 has been picked for a new position, mentor, and his tribute is the girl from District 12! Coriolanus lives with his Grandmaam and cousin Tigris in the family apartment barely surviving due to the families impoverished state. In an attempt to return the Snow family to glory he is determined to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students. But will his feelings for his tribute and fellow classmates destroy the opportunity, or will he destroy his friends?

Mrs. Amy
SUMMER READING CLUB-updated 7/27/2020

YOUTH READERS 7-12TH GRADE you are not too old to participate!

The Youth Reader goal this year is to read 500 pages per log sheet! You may turn in logs from now until August 5th. On August 6th I will draw for prizes and call the winners.
7th-12th graders we are trying something new this year.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM will be our last Summer Reading Facebook program. We will be reading "Cat & Mouse Keep House" followed by how to make Cosplay horns.
Whats New
Break the Fall - Jennifer Iacopelli
Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics. A year ago, she could barely do a push-up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She has made the United States gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they have dreamed about since they were kids. She is on top of the world. (YA F Iac)
Elysium Girls - Kate Pentecost
Elysium, Oklahoma is a town like any other. Respectable. God-fearing. Praying for an end to the drought and the dust storms.

Until the day the Dust Soldiers arrive: until the people of Elysium learn it is all a lie. You see, there is not only one god...there are two Sisters: Life and Death. And the Sisters like to gamble against each other with things like time and space and human lives. (YA F Pen)
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - Suzanne Collins
It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once might house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. (YA F Col)
The Betrothed - Kiera Cass
The young King of Coroa has never been the type to settle down...that is, until he meets Hollis Brite. (YA F Cas)
The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan - Sherry Thomas
China, 484 AD

A warrior in disguise. All her life Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel.

Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulans father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man. (YA F Tho)
They Went Left - Monica Hesse
Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said that the war was over, but nothing feels over to 18-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body and mind have barely begun to heal, and her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else...her parents, grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja...they went left.

Zofias last words to her brother were a promise "Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet." Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, searching through a wall of secrets for one boy in a sea of the missing. (YA F Hes)
Tunnel of Bones - Victoria Schwab
Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake...even more than usual!

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob) is in Paris, where Cass parents are filming their show about the worlds most haunted cities. Sure, it is fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there is true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. (YA F Sch)
Yes, No, Maybe So - Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate...as long as he is behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to stranger (or, lets face it, speaking at all to almost anyone). Jamie is a choke artist. There is no way he would ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes...until he meets Maya.

Maya Rechman is having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvasing...with some awkward dude she hardly knows...is beyond her. (YA F Alb)
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