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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
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
"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
Whats New
Chrysalis - Brandon Reichs
Book 3 in the "Project Nemesis" series (YA F Rei)
Pretend Shes Here - Luanne Rice
15-year-old Emily is still grieving the loss of her best friend, Lizzie Porter, a year ago. Lizzies family took the death very hard and moved away. But one day Chloe, Lizzies younger sister, shows up and lures her into the Porter family car where Mrs. Porter drugs her. Mrs. Porter insists that Emily dress, talk and act like Lizzie. If she does not, they will hurt her family. (YA F Ric)
Rayne & Delilah - Jeff Zentner
Every Friday night Delia and Josie transform into Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show, Midnight Matinee. But with the end of senior year approaching they must both make decisions about their futures. As Josie and Delia work through their options they discover that the future can be both monstrous...and momentous. (YA F Zen)
The Deceivers Heart - Jennifer A. Nielsen
Book 2 in the "Traitors Game" series (YA F Nie)
Wicked King - Holly Black
Book 2 in the "Folk of the Air" series. (YA F Bla)
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