Katrina Yoder loves to sing even though it is considered
vainglory by her parents and community. She knows the time will come when she must not indulge herself.  Katrina’s father becomes seriously ill and musthave surgery, but her family cannot afford it. Enter her best friend who has secretly been watching a singing show onher family’s business computer.  She convinces Katrina to enter the competition and so begins a journey Katrina did not expect.

Katrina, along with her aunt, travels to the show’s destination with her parents blessing as Katrina is still in her Rumspringa (or time to experiment).  The experience is not like she expected.  Not only is she
expected to sing, but to dress and act the part for the screen.  She quickly becomes a fan favorite not only for her voice, but because of her Amish ways. Throughout the show she struggles with who the show wants her to be verses who she has been raised to be.

It is a coming of age story for a sheltered young woman who
must decide whether she wants to be out in the English world or return to her home.

I much more enjoyed this much more than Carlson’s Double Take.  The characters seemed more believable and you can connect with them.  For fans of reality shows or Amish books this may hit the right spot.

Read from review copy courtesy of Netgalley

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OnMonday, March 4, 2013, Connersville, Indiana, will celebrate its official 200th

To celebrate this auspicious occasion the Connersville Bicentennial Committee and the Fayette County Public Library have collaborated to celebrate and host an impressive birthday party starting at 3:30 P.M. at the Fayette County Public Library.  This promises to be an exciting event on a very important occasion.

This Bicentennial event will begin with a welcome and remarks by John Conner (portrayed by Daniel Phelps of FCPL), followed by remarks from Mike Sparks, Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee, and also by Anne Marie Short, new library director, and Melissa Scott, Assist.  Library Director.  A special Bicentennial Invocation will be given.  Mayor Leonard Urban will make a few remarks and read a Bicentennial Proclamation
marking this memorable occasion.

At 4:00 P.M., Ron Wood, Ed Herrell, and CHS Students who are members of the “Team Lead” project (sponsored by The Link), will open a time capsule that was part of the August 15, 1998, 100th birthday celebration of the former Rex Buggy Company.  Ford/Visteon employees made a custom, stainless steel time capsule/receptacle to hold historic material related to the past 100 years of the company.

Around 4:30 P.M. Stan Howard will premier his own especially-written song for the
Bicentennial, and he plans to sing “Thank you, Connersville” by Tom T. Hall.
John Conner, Mike Sparks, and Mayor Urban will present Bicentennial Birthday Certificates to local citizens celebrating birthdays on March 4.  Stan Howard will lead the audience in the singing of “Happy Birthday” followed by the serving of birthday cake, lemonade, popcorn, and fellowship, especially fellowship with John Conner.  There will be special activities available for children in the Children’s Department of the library.  Adults may be interested in visiting the“Indiana Room” while at the library.  Library staff  members will be on hand to assist visitors. Attendees are invited to dress in period clothes for this special festive event.

 Any resident of Fayette County who will be celebrating a birthday on March 4 and
who plans to attend the celebration should contact the Fayette County Public Library at 827-0883, leaving his/her name and the spelling of the name in order to be recognized and to receive a special Bicentennial  Birthday Certificate that day.

Anyone with questions or needing further information may call the library and talk to
Anne Marie Herold-Short or Melissa Scott.

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I’ve been struggling on my favorite books for 2012.  There are too many to choose from…..

1.  Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Hey, its a two for one deal)

2.  Ashfall and Ashen Winter  by Mike Mullin.  (Another two for one deal – can’t beat that)

3.  Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

4.  Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

5.  Girl in the Wall  by Daphne Bender-Grab

Books to look out for in 2013

1.  Yet to be named book 3 in the Divergent Series.  I’m so excited!!!!!!

2.  The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson – I’ve already read this and it is a sequel to The Name of the Star

3. Requiem by Lauren Oliver – loved the first two in the series.

Check other books expected in 2013 at http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/7362.YA_Novels_of_2013

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2012 is winding down and soon we will be ringing in 2013.  With the holiday’s approaching the library will be closed on the following days:

December 24 – Closed Christmas Eve
December 25 – Closed Christmas Day
December 31 – Close at 1:00 PM
January 1 – Closed New Years Day

In the event of a weather closing it will be noted on WIFE/WCNB, Kicks96, Channel 3, Facebook, and Channel 8.  If it is Fayette County is under a no travel emergency then the library will be close to comply with the law.  If in doubt call 827-0883 before traveling.  Any materials due on a closed day will be due on the next open day.  We are concerned about all of our patrons safety.

Thank you,

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Alex and Darla are tired of sitting around waiting for Alex’s parents to show up.  After six months, of being cooped up and helping Alex’s uncle they decide it is time for them hit the road and begin a search for Alex’s parents.  Along the way they meet perils that will test their strength and Alex must find a way to push through.

The author shares a lot of knowledge and you can tell his research was well done.  New key characters show up that become an important part of the book.  It is action packed, although at times you think it is too hollywood.  There is no way a person would survive everything Alex survives, but you root for him to pull through.

A great read for someone who likes a lot of action! I’m happy to say there is no Zombies in the series.  There are the more believable cannibals in the series. I enjoyed every minute it and look forward to reading the third book when it is released next year.

Sidenote: Mr. Mullin is from Indianapolis, Indiana.  It is great to see a fellow Hoosier with such great success.

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Channel One News is a news network written and produced for teens.  Watch each day’s videos online at www.channelone.com

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Ethan Chase just wants to avoid Them – the Fey.  All they
bring is misery and destruction.  Being
the half-brother of the Iron Queen herself does not help.  After all he has already been made a pawn of
their game when he was kidnapped years earlier.

The problem is he sees them and they know he sees them. Even
moving to another school after being expelled does not seem to help.  Trouble seems to find him the high school
star quarterback to the bully magnet – half human/half Phouka.

Ethan wants to maintain his bad boy persona, but it is a
really a deception to keep people from getting too close.  To save himself and his classmate he returns
to a place he promised he would never go back.

For fans of the Iron Fey series it is a natural progression
of the storyline.  Ms. Kagawa keeps her
readers entranced.  You never know what
you will find around the next corner.
One thing you can trust is that you cannot trust the fey.  Returning favorites (Ethan, Puck, Ash,
Grimalkin, Meghan) and new favorites (Kenzie and Keirran) meld together in
harmony.  Looking forward to see where
the story continues in The Traitor Son in
Fall 2013.

*Review of The
Lost Price
is from Galley.  Title and
release of second book is from Goodreads.com*

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The Book Sale will be the following days:

Tuesday, October 23, 5:00-7:00 pm (Friends Members Only.  Become a member today!)

Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 25, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Friday, October 26, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, October 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Every year Young Adult Library Services Association announces the top ten favorite books chosen by teens like you.  Here is this year’s list!

Divergent – Veronica Roth
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
Legend – Lu Marie
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen
Across the Universe – Beth Revis
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater
Where She Went – Gayle Forman
Abandon – Meg Cabot

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The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series, the Mark of Athena does not disappoint.  Annabeth is reunited with her love, Percy, at Camp Jupiter and the reunion is anything but simple.  Anything dealing with the Gods is rarely simple.  Now that the Gods are torn shifting back and forth between the Greek and Roman persona’s it is even more difficult.  And when children of the Greek and Roman Gods are put together it is inevitable that it will become a combustible situation.

The prophesied team of seven demigods must leave in a hurry, as things suddenly go haywire when one of its’ members (under the influence of spirits) fire upon the camp.  Not only does the team of seven have to fulfill the prophecy before I is too late, they must take on other challenges.  Without the successful completion of these missions, the Quest to defeat Gaea itself will not be a success.

This page turner leaves you wanting more.  Book four is scheduled to be released in Fall 2013.

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