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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 4/7/2017
4/7/2017 - Newest book by Victoria Aveyard is my latest read, "King.s Cage", third book in the "Red Queen" series. Though I loved the ending, and if she writes any more books in this series I will read them, for me this book had many parts that were predictable and overly drawn out. I kept catching myself skipping paragraphs to get to the action.

The story picks up where Aveyard stopped in the last book, Mare is a prisoner in Maven.s court. With a collar around her neck, and a leash that Maven holds. She is in the constant company of 4 Arvens (their power works like silent stone and suppresses other talents). A toy for Maven to show off and force to do, and say, what he wants in order to protect her family. Though kept in a comfortable room, Mares every thought is how to get revenge on Maven and how to escape. How can she use his twisted love of her to create chaos?

Meanwhile, through the eyes of Cameron and Cal you are shown that the Scarlett Guard is not just a small group trying to overthrow one country. They are a large, well organized group working with other kingdoms to bring about the end of Silver rule in all of the kingdoms. And part of that plan is destroying Maven.

3/28/2017 - The last 2 weeks have been really busy, but I did manage to finish another book. I read "Exo" by Fonda Lee. She is one of the new authors I have been trying and one of her other books "Zeroboxer" is a Gateway nominee for 2017-18. Set on Earth somewhere in our future, the book is a blend of sci-fi and dystrophic.

Over a century ago, Earth was invaded by an advanced race called the zhree looking for an outpost to help protect their home planet. The war that followed almost destroyed humankind until a peace treaty was brokered. A peace treaty that allowed the zhree to stay as long as they shared some of their technology and protected humankind from their enemy, the Rii. Unfortunately, not all of humankind agreed with the peace treaty. A revolutionary group, Sapience, is determined to end all alien control and take back the planet.

Donovan Reyes is the only son of the Prime Liaison. At the age of 5, his father allowed him to undergo a treatment that gave him an exoskeleton (exo) much like the zhree. Skin he can harden to protect and defend himself. He, and the others who were hardened with him, were taught how to use their exo and trained to work with the zhree as scientists, administrators or soldiers. When Donovan is kidnapped by the Sapience to use as a bargaining chip, he discovers his mother is one of the leaders of the Sapience.

On Donovans shoulders rests the survival of earth. Can he show the Sapience leaders that the zhree are not the worst thing in the universe? Or will he turn against the zhree and help the Sapience free the planet and protect themselves? You will have to read the book to find out.

3/13/2017 - Over the weekend I finished the last book in the "Mark of a Thief" series by Jennifer A. Nielsen, "Wrath of the Storm". Another fantastic final book from Nielsen!

Nicolas Calva manages to escape the temple that he pulled down on his head in an attempt to kill or trap the Mistress. But now, the Mistress is on the loose and his grandfather, Radulf, is being held by her in exchange for the Nic creating a Jupiter Stone that she can use to destroy the Roman empire. Can Nic figure out how to destroy the Mistress without risking the lives of all the people he loves? You will have to read the book to find out.

3/1/2017 - Jessica recommended I read the new book by Traci Chee, "The Reader: Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold" because she really liked it. I completely agree with her! Chee has created her own unique world where reading is forbidden because it is full of magic.

Sefia has been living on the run since she discovered her father murdered in their home. She is protected by a family friend, Nin. An old lock smith and thief who promised to protect her from whatever evil was chasing her parents. Sefias parents had kept her safe in a secret room under the house where her toys and bed were kept. In the secret room was a secret door out that she was only to open if she was truly in danger. The night her father died was the first time she opened it and a leather wrapped bundle landed at her feet. Not knowing what it is, she takes the bundle with her to Nin who tells her to hide it and never take it out again.

When Nin is kidnapped, Sefia makes the decision that the only way to protect herself and rescue Nin is to hunt down the people who took her. From what she overheard when they took Nin, she knows that they are looking for something that she has with her, the leather bound thing that dropped from the secret door when she opened it. Sefia decides she must examine the bundle to see why it is so valuable just in case she can use it. It is just a bunch of paper bound together with line after line of pattern on them. But after studying it for a while she realizes her mother taught her what the patterns meant when she was little and for the first time...she reads, "This is a book".

When you are reading the book, make sure you look for the hidden message.

Mrs. Amy
Truman Award Nominees for 2017-18
The Truman Award Nominees for next school year have been announced. I will update the list as they arrive in the library.

"Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard (YA F Ave)- has arrived
"The Fixer" by Jennifer Barnes (YA F Bar)- has arrived
"All Fall Down" by Ally Carter (YA F Car)- has arrived
"Forget Tomorrow" by Pintip Dunn (YA F Dun)- has arrived
"The Leveller" by Julia Durango
"The Honest Truth" by Dan Gemeinhart (YA F Gem) - has arrived
"Code of Honor" by Alan Gratz (YA F Gra)- has arrived
"A Night Divided" by Jennifer A. Nielsen (YA F Nie)- has arrived
"I am Princess X" by Cherie Priest and Cali Ciesemier (YA F Pri)- has arrived
"Orbiting Jupiter" by Gary Schmidt (YA F Sch)- has arrived
"What Waits in the Woods" by Kieran Scott (YA F Sco)- has arrived
"Rebel Mechanics" by Shanna Swendson (YA F Swe)- has arrived
Gateway Award Nominees for 2017-18
The Gateway Award Nominees for next school year have been announced. As more books arrive I will update the list.

"Ruthless" by Carolyn Lee Adams (YA F Ada)- has arrived
"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo (YA F Bar)- has arrived
"Emmy & Oliver" by Robin Benway
"The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak" by Brian Katcher (YA F Kat)- has arrived
"Losers Take All" by David Klass (YA F Kla)- has arrived
"This Raging Light" by Estelle Laure
"Zeroboxer" by Fonda Lee
"Under a Painted Sky" by Stacey Lee
"A Madness So Discreet" by Mindy McGinnis
"Inherit Midnight" by Kate Kae Myers (YA F Mye)- has arrived
"All the Bright Places" by Jennifer Niven
"Extraordinary Means" by Robiyn Schneider (YA F Sch)- has arrived
"An Ember in the Ashes" by Sabaa Tahir (YA F Tah)- has arrived
"Everything Everything" by Nicola Yoon (YA F Yoo)- has arrived
"Made You Up" by Francesca Zappia
Whats New
A Natural History of Us - Rachel Harris
In her senior year of high school, Peyton is forced to deal with her feelings for Justin, the boy who broke her heart, when they are assigned to work on a project together. (YA F Har)
Just Another Girl - Elizabeth Eulberg
Hope knows there is only one thing coming between her and her longtime crush: his girlfriend, Parker. She has to sit on the sidelines and watch as the perfect girl gets the prefect boy...because that is how the universe works, even though it is so completely wrong.

Parker does not feel perfect. She knows if everyone knew the truth about her, they would never be able to get past it. So she keeps quiet. She focuses on making it through the day with her secret safe...even as this becomes harder and harder to do. And Hope is not making it any easier... (YA F Eul)
Lost in a Book - Jennifer Donnelly
Disney Beauty and the Beast (YA F Don)
Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around...and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever. (YA F Tay)
Stranger Than FanFiction - Chris Colfer
Four fans invite Cash Carter, the young, world-famous lead actor of the TV show Wiz Kids, on a trip and are shocked when he accepts. They discover being watched by paparazzi is not fun and that Cash has some big secrets. (YA F Col)
The Adjustment - Suzanne Young
Book 5 in "The Program" series. (YA F You)
The Maddie Diaries - Maddie Ziegler
I want people to know the real me...the silly stuff, the serious stuff, and everything in between. (YA B Ziegler)
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