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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 2/20/2018
2/20/2018 - Though this is not a Young Adult book, it is in a series that I have enjoyed and recommend to readers of all ages. I just finished "Mr. Lemonchello.s Great Library Race" by Chris Grabenstein. It is the third book in the series and just as fun as the others.

Kyle Keeley, and the rest of the Lemonchello library board of trustees, are invited to play "Mr. Lemonchellos Fabulous Fact-Finding Frenzy". If they win, they will get to travel to each of the new library exhibits that are using his newest technology, the Nonfictionator, and receive an advanced copy of his newest game, set to release before Christmas. When Kyle and Abia Sulayman are paired up to work at a team they both groan. Abia feels Kyle is going to loose the game for her because he jumps to conclusions without doing his research. Kyle feels Abia is going to loose the game for him because she takes too long doing her research and double checking her facts.

Just as Abia and Kyle are learning the importance of both their styles of playing, a twist... it seems Mr. Lemoncello may have stolen the idea for his first game from a sweet, little old lady. Can the game players prove that Mr. Lemoncello is innocent and that his greatest competition, the Krinkle Brothers, set him up? Can they research fast enough to find the facts that will save their hero?

2/8/2018 - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner have done it again! Another fantastic first book in their new sci-fi series "Unearthed" (also the title of the first book). Full of twists and turns, action and adventure, and with a cliff hanger ending...it is a must read!

Earth is overcrowded and the climate has changed leaving whole cities uninhabitable desserts. Running out of resources, they turn to the stars and the hopes of finding a new home. An intercepted message from space leads the way to a long abandoned planet named Gaia, and a treasure of technology waiting to be found.

Amelia Radcliffe dropped out of school and started scavenging through the remains of Chicago in order to buy the bondage contract of her younger (and illegal) sister. The chance of being smuggled to Gaia and bringing back technology for huge rewards is too hard to resist.

Jules Addison is the son of the man who originally translated the message from Gaia inviting us to visit. When his father discovered another message hidden inside the first one, a message that warns about danger, he is ignored. In an attempt to get the warning out, he commits treason by releasing classified information during an interview and is imprisoned for it. Jules is determined to travel to Gaia and find the proof he needs to clear his fathers name.

Forced together because of attacks by other groups of scavengers, Jules and Amelia must learn to trust each other as they try to navigate their way through one of the temples of trials and traps left behind by the Undying.

1/29/2018 - Finished the 3rd and final book in the "Embassy Row" series by Ally Carter, "Take the Key and Lock Her Up". If you are looking for a modern day Nancy Drew, who always get in trouble, I would definitely suggest this series.

Grace is on the run from whomever is trying to kill her family. Dominic used all of his influence to whisk Grace, Jamie & Alexie away from Adria and into hiding. Jamie is slowly recovering from almost dying, but the constant moving from place to place has caused complications. After finding information her late mother had hidden about baby Amelia, Grace decides she must go to the Society and try to figure out if they are willing to keep her family safe if she promises to not cause any more problems. But many in the Society think they only way to keep the world safe and stable is by getting ride of the problem. Will Grace every be able to stop running?

1/22/2018 - I was finally able to check out the second book in the Embassy Row series by Ally Carter "See How They Run". I am very impressed with her writing and will be hunting down the third book to read next. If you like mysteries with a little bit of teen romance in them, I would definitely recommend this author.

Grace Blakely has discovered the truth about her mothers death. But instead of giving her peace, it has made her a target and opened a whole new can of Embassy Row secrets. Her family is so worried about her, her brother Jamie comes home from West Point and brings a friend, Spencer, with him. When the friend ends up dead after a party and Alexei is the main suspect, Grace decides to prove Alex is innocent. But was Spencer just in the wrong place at the wrong time or was something much worse the cause of his death.


1/8/2018 - Finished my first book for 2018! I read "Michael Vey: The Final Spark" by Richard Paul Evans, book 7 in the series. Wow! What a strong finish to a great series.

The Electroclan is devastated, Michael is gone. After the explosion on Hades, there is no sign of him. David Welch loads the remainder of the Clan onto the Joule (The custom built submarine designed by Hatch to hold his gold)and heads for what they hope will be a safe port, Fiji. Enele Saluni and the other Tuvaluan prisoners pack all of the Elgen weapons and ammunition they can find into the boats left by Welch and set sail for the agricultural island of Nanumaga. They hope to free as many of their people as possible and raise an army to go up against Hatch.

After 26 hours in an escape pod, Hatch arrives back at Nike stinging from his defeat. He has already begun to plot his revenge on the Electroclan, when he discovers they have taken the Joule.

What follows is a plot twist of great proportions. If you have read the other 6 books...you have to read the last one!

12/28/2017 - Just finished what they are saying is the last book in the "Adventurers Wanted" series by M. L. Forman "The Axe of Sundering". After a 4 year gap between this book and "The Sands of Nezza", I must say I was very excited to see this book and I will tell you it is just as action packed as all of the others! If you are a lover of J. R. Tolkien, Rick Riordan, or John Flanagan I would definitely suggest your read this series.

Alexander Taylor, adventurer, wizard, and dragon lord has been waiting impatiently for news from his wizard friend and teacher, Whalen Vankin. Whalen refused to tell Alex where he was going and what he was doing when he asked Alex to wait for a message. When Whalen finally shows up, he tells Alex the story of his only other apprentice wizard, his nephew Jabez, who has turned into a dark wizard. Whalen enlists Alex help in defeating him. He fears Jabez is working for the Brotherhood and trying to take over all of their magical world. In order to hide from Jabez, Whalen cannot use any of his magical powers because he is connected to Jabez. Alex agrees to travel with Whalen and try to defeat Jabez and so another exciting adventure begins.

Mrs. Amy
READING OLYMPICS-PROGRAM EXTENDED
7-12 graders...due to the crazy weather we have had over the last week, I am giving you one more day to turn in those reading logs! All reading logs are due by 6:00 PM today, February 21, 2018. Return your logs and check out some more books to read during our next potential round of bad weather.

Drawing will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018.
Whats New
Batman: Nightwalker - Marie Lu
Book 2 in the "DC Icons" series.

Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City. The citys elites are being taken out one by one as their mansions security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey.

Bruce Wayne is next on their list. (YA F Lu)
Chasing Kings Killer - James L. Swanson
On the evening of April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. stepped onto the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. What happened next...a man in a window, a rifle, and a single shot...was one of the most horrific and tragic events on the twentieth century. (YA 323.092 SWA)
Cruel Prince - Holly Black
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sister were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him...and face the consequences. (YA F Bla)
Night of Cake & Puppets - Laini Taylor
Companion book to the "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" trilogy.

Life does not need magic to be magical.
(But a little bit sure does not hurt.)

Petite though she may be, Zuzana is not known for her timidity. Her best friend, Karou, calls her "rabid fairy". But when it comes to the simple matter of talking to her crush, Mik, also known as Violin Boy, her courage deserts her. (YA F Tay)
Zero Day - Jan Gangsei
Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the Oval Office after a tumultuous first term. Then the unthinkable happens: the presidents daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family fold...but who is the sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the administration who find her timely return suspicious. (YA F Gan)
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