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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 3/28/2017
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.

2/15/2017 - After reading a couple of new juvenile chapter books, I finally picked up another Young Adult book to read, "Carve the Mark" by Veronica Roth (the author of the Divergent series). Once again she has created a new world full of power struggles, unexpected friendships, and the power of love.

Thuvhe is a frozen planet on the fringe of a galaxy of inhabited planets, each with its own group of people who are drawn together by the current. The current is a glowing stream of power that gives the people different gifts, called currentgifts. Some are healers, some can give a sense of peace, some are oracles, each person develops their own gift. Sometimes the oracles see visions of what will happen, called a fate, when a child is born. This book is about two of those fated children and the war between the two nations living on their planet, the Thuvhe and the Shotet.

Cyra is the sister of the ruler of the Shotet people. Her currentgift gives her almost constant pain, but it is also a pain that she can direct into other people...something her brother uses to torture his enemies. Akos is the son of a farmer and the oracle of Thuvhe. His gift is the ability to block currentgifts just by touching you. When Akos and his brother, Eijeh, are kidnapped by the Shotet because of their fates, Akos and Cyra are eventually thrown together because he can help her deal with her pain. As they get to know each other they build a friendship that Cyra decides she must protect at any expense...even if it means finally standing up to her brutal, cruel brother.

2/3/2017 - Finally got a chance to read Sabaa Tahir.s second book "A Tourch Against the Night". Picking up where she dropped us in the first book, Tahir has crafted another edge of your seat adventure.

Laia and Elias are on the run from both Marcus and the wrath of the Commandant. Chased by Helene, they seek shelter with the Tribeswoman who owes Elias a favor. A favor that might just take them all the way to Kauf prison where Laia.s brother is being held. But oh the tangled web...lies and deceit threaten to ruin all of their plans.

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 Lie for a Lie - Robin Maccready
Seventeen-year-old amateur photographer, Kendra, discovers her father is leading a double life when she finds out he has a second family. (YA F Mac)
Blazing Bridge - Carter Roy
Blood Guard book 3.

Ronan and his friends must protect the pure from Ronans evil father. (YA F Roy)
EXO - Fonda Lee
It has been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose their rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes in not one of them. His dad holds the prestigious government position of Prime Liason, and Donovans high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan is abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience, determined to end alien control. (YA F Lee)
Inherit Midnight - Kate Myers
Avery is the black sheep of the wealthy VanDemere clan, the ostracized, illegitimate daughter. So she is less than excited when her grandmother ropes her into a competition to determine which VanDemere is most worthy of inheriting the family fortune. (YA F Mye)
King.s Cage - Victoria Aveyard
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives a the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mothers web in an attempt to maintain control over his country...and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mares heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back. (YA F Ave)
Lois Lane: Double Down - Gwenda Bond
Lois Lane is back in her second book! (YA F Bon)
Romeo & What.s Her Name - Shani Petroff
Understudies NEVER get to perform...which is why being the understudy for Juliet in the schools yearly Shakespeare production is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school. And she meant to learn her lines, really, it is just:
a. Shakespeare is HARD
b. Amanda (the real Juliet) makes her run errands instead of lines, and
c. There is no point, since Amanda would never miss her chance to be the star of the show.
Then Amanda ends up in the hospital, and Emily, as the understudy, has to star in the most famous scene from "Romeo and Juliet" opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops? (YA F Pet)
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