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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 5/2/2018
5/2/2018 - I am preparing for a teen program about P. T. Barnum and have been reading several biographies about him instead of the Truman Nominees. Hope to be back at the Trumans soon.

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
Completed reading logs must be turned in by 6:00 PM on July 25, 2018 so finish up those books you are reading and turn in your log sheets!

If you have procrastinated but are still interested in participating, you have until July 22, 2018 to sign-up. It is not too late to read 500 pages and turn in a log sheet.
Who: 7-12th grade
When: 1:00-2:00 PM
Where: In the Queen City Room (unless noted otherwise)

July 17 - "Rocking Guitar Maintenance" Eron Harding, with Backwoods Guitar, will be here to teach you how to do basic repairs on guitars.

July 24 - "Not-So-Musical Trivia" Fact or fiction? Can you correctly answer my trivia questions about "The Greatest Showman" and the real P. T. Barnum?
Whats New
Allied - Amy Tintera
Third book in the "Ruined" trilogy. (YA F Tin)
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge - Lisa Jensen
When servant girl Lucie is wronged by Jean-Loup, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate she vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish and transforms Jean-Loup into a terrifying Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside.

But Beast proves to be nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never tend his roses so patiently or attempt poetry...nor express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. (YA F Jen)
Mapping the Bones - Jane Yolen
It is 1942 in Poland, and the world is coming to pieces. At least that is how it seems to Chaim and Gittel, twins whose lives feel like a fairy tale torn apart, with evil witches, forbidden forests, and dangerous ovens looming on the horizon. But in all the darkness there is light, and the twins find it through Chaims poetry and the love they have for each other. Like the bright flame of a Yahrzeit candle, his words become a beacon of memory so that the children and grandchildren of survivors will never forget the atrocities that happened during the Holocaust. (YA F Yol)
The Orphans Wish - Melanie Dickerson
Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the differences in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyns favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break. (YA F Dic)
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