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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 10/22/2020
10/22/2020- Just in time for Halloween I finished reading the 2020-21 Truman award nominee book "Nightbooks" by J. A. White. If you are looking for a creepy read, this book should hit the spot.

Alex loves to write creepy, scary stories but one night he decides to take his nightbooks to the basement and burn them. When the elevator stops on the wrong floor he is drawn into apartment 4E by the magic of Natacha, the witch who lives there. Trapped, he is forced to tell a new scary story each night to keep the apartment and Natacha satisfied. Slowly he gets to know the apartments other occupants, Yasmin, the very grumpy girl in charge of Natachas plants and mixing her potions, and Lenore, Natachas cat who is in charge of keeping an eye on the children. Will he be able to continue to placate the house and Natacha? Can he figure out how to escape the witch or is something even more evil happening? And why did he want to destroy his nightbooks to begin with!?

9/8/2020 - Took a few days off and had time to read! I have been wanting to read "The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan" by Sherry Thomas since it arrived and with the new movie coming out, now was the perfect time. Following the basic story line of the classic tale, Thomas has crafted a fantastic version using the history of the sword Mulans father gave her. I finished the book in 2 days, that is how good it is.

Two swords, the Heart Sea and Sky Blade, owned by a family of martial artists were passed down from generation to generation until the master had no children. Instead he entrusted each sword into the family of his two best students. Each generation must prove their worthiness by having a "discourse in dueling". If they cannot prove their worth, they must hand over their sword to the other family. And so the families duel, generation after generation training up one promising warrior to duel for the right to hold both swords. Mulan, whos father has disguised her as her deceased twin brother, has been in training for the duel since she was very young and the date set for the duel is coming soon. But war breaks out and China conscripts one male from each family to fight. Knowing that no one from her house is able to fight, Mulan responds to the call and ends up in an elite team commanded by a royal dukes son...a son who happens to have the other sword.

Hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I did!

Mrs. Amy
Whats New
A Sky Beyond the Storm - Sabaa Tahir
Book 4, the final chapter of the "Ember in the Ashes" series. (YA F Tah)
The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep: Voices from the Donner Party - Allan Wolf
Dangerous and powerful, Hunger stalks the Donner party at every turn through the unpredictable wilderness as they make their pivotal decision to leave the trail on their journey across the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847.

Based off of letters, diaries and historical research about the Donner party this book recounts one of the most horrifying tales of survival in American history. (YA F Wol)
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