2019 Hugo Award Winners

The Hugo Awards, science fiction’s most prestigious award, announced their 2019 winners last week. We were very excited to see some of our favorites on the list!

Click on the images below to place a copy on hold or see the titles in our catalog here.

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Best Novel: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

A feminist, alternate history of the 1950s and the space race, which begins with a huge meteorite obliterating much of the eastern United States, accelerating efforts to colonize space. Also a 2018 Nebula Award Winner.

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Best Series: Wayfarers by Becky Chambers

Wayfarers follows the crew of the Wayfarer, a spaceship, which has seen better days, and its mostly alien crew … if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

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Best Graphic Story: Monstress, Volume 3: Haven by Marjorie Liu with art by Sana Takeda

Maika Halfwolf has begun to unlock the mysteries of her past–but the challenges of the present are only growing. As the impending war between humans and Arcanics creeps ever closer, and powerful players fight for the chance to control her future, Maika finds she must work with Zinn, the Monstrum that lives inside her, in order to ensure their mutual survival. 

Find the whole Monstress series here.

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Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic, but everything changed the night magic disappeared. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and she must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is determined to eradicate magic for good.

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Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Versescreenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman

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Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: The Good Place, “Janet(s)” (season 3, episode 9), written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett

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Book Review: Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods

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Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods by Tania del Rio, Illustrations by Will Staehle

What begins as a “Sleeping Beauty” tale transforms into an enchanting fantasy. Warren the 13th is not your average twelve-year-old; he is a caring, responsible, and honest orphan. As the naive groundskeeper, bellhop, and manager of the family hotel, he guides the staff as they tend the guests in his cruising hotel, “where every stay is a go!” Indeed, these traveling hotel guests encounter fanciful settings ranging from the Malwoods captivating forest to raging rivers.

Slippery Sid operates a Sundry Shoppe with magical potions, special oils, notions, and assorted products. This old-fashioned haberdashery is complete as a men’s outfitters and tailor; the shopkeeper also serves as a dentist. Read how the elusive Sid becomes Warren’s imposter and calls himself Warrin.

Ordinary animals with magnificent alterations mesmerize readers in grades four through ten. Those who appreciate Tim Burton’s artistic interpretations and stories will enjoy this book. More than a comic book, the literary elements engage the reader with alliteration, simile, metaphor, and onomatopoeia with clever-sounding words and expressions. The descriptive scenes of formidable quicksand, sticky sap, venomous snakes, and supernatural forests leave the reader bewildered and astonished. Stylish fonts and imaginative shading enhance unique drawings.

Learn how Warren faces the obstacles Warrin creates. After continued failed attempts to repair the hotel and redirect the course, can Warren transform the walking hotel into a cruise ship and save the guests and employees? Will Mr. Friggs’ experiences in reading and tutoring aid the passengers? Will the evil tattooed witches plague the course? Will Petula, the perfumier in training, portend the future? Will Warren’s fondness for and knowledge of Jacques Rustybooks piratology properly guide him?

Although the sinister characters in this fable may startle a young reader, the persistence of Warren provide hope that good will prevail over evil. The book is dark without causing nightmares and comical without being preposterous. Read Warren the 13th, solve the riddles, and appreciate the decorative, gothic illustrations. The book is a sequel; nonetheless, books in this series do not need to be read chronologically.

Also check out the first book in the series: Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye.

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter

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KanShare

Our new library system KanShare comes on line August 19, bringing with it changes.  In this consortium, you may borrow books and movies from both Derby and Park City public libraries.  You can get the items sent here for you to pick up, or you could travel there and use your library card. You may return them at a participating library.

All books now check out for 3 weeks, including the newest releases.  You will also be able to renew items up to 2 times, if they are not on hold for anyone else. Fines are now .25 cents a day.  You will still be able to check out items as long as your fines are under $10.  In the past, one’s account had to be clear in order to borrow any materials. We’re excited about sharing our collections.  You now have access to more books, magazines and movies than before.

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to update your library card number the next time you come into the Library.  You will also need to set a new password for your account. We can do that for you over the phone.

More Libraries are scheduled to participate.  Goddard will join in December, with Augusta, Rose Hill, El Dorado and Mulvane coming on board in 2020.

*Dolls and games are not renewable and will still have a $1 a day fine.

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Book Review: Becoming

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Available in audio, large print, and regular print

The elusive “Middle C” did not prevent Michelle Robinson Obama from performing at her first piano recital under the guidance of her prim, sensible Great Aunt Robbie who demanded a great deal from her students. Discipline, responsibility, music, and laughter were expectations and elements of Michele’s childhood that continued through her adulthood. Her humble South Side Chicago upbringing did not restrain her imagination nor deter her from completing her homework and contributing to her neighborhood. Although the Robinson family did not possess property or wealth, they were rich in conversation, faith, fulfilling promises, helping others, and family commitment. Unfortunately, those children who “felt devalued” were often caught in a vicious, depraved cycle resulting in poor decision making, theft, lack of education, or addiction.

Fraser and Marian Robinson worked hard, contributed to their community, and invested in their children, Craig and Michelle, raising them to be accountable for their actions. “Basketball unlocked a frontier for Craig” earning him a scholarship to Princeton, while Michelle was “quietly collecting bits of data” on a ninety-minute one-way bus ride during high school. When an educator informed Michelle, “I’m not sure…you are Princeton material,” she increased her efforts and energy to “rise to the challenge!” Being wheelchair-bound due to multiple sclerosis, Fraser did not ask for assistance nor did he miss work. Stoic Marian welcomed and accommodated countless guests into their quaint home. Michelle credits her accomplishments to her nurturing parents due to their wisdom, expectations, and sacrifices.

While attending Princeton University, Michelle connected with the Third World Center and other organizations raising awareness about cultural understanding providing encouragement and educational resources. In an effort to build equitable relationships, she forged community connections. With an Ivy League degree in sociology, she was accepted to Harvard Law School where she continued to “climb ladders” and be substantive. When she returned to Chicago, Michelle worked for a law firm “parsing abstract intellectual property issues for big corporations.” When she was asked to interview potential interns, Michelle met Barack Obama who had earned degrees from Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School. She later remarked, “Barack was a deep thinker and spent money on books.”

Together, Barack and Michelle visited community groups listening to ordinary people suffering to keep jobs, earn a living, provide for their families, and face adversity. Barack asked the participants, “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” to help them identify their goals. Both were committed to guiding Chicagoans to the resources they needed to become successful.

After careful planning, Michelle became pregnant, yet faced a miscarriage, “a lonely, painful, and demoralizing almost on a cellular level.” When she conceived again, she was delighted to deliver Malia Ann then almost three years later Natasha Marian “Sasha” was born. Michelle was a single parent during the week while Barack spent time in Springfield serving three terms as an Illinois Senator. Juggling professional responsibilities, motherhood, campaign commitments, and community health care collaborations consumed Michelle’s life. She pledged to routinely give her girls their nightly bath, read to them, and spend precious time together. This Mary Tyler Moore fan was steadfast in her “you’re gonna make it” resolution and determined “most likely to succeed!”

Through the trials and tribulations of the Presidential campaign, Michelle remained focused on family values despite criticism from opposing forces. Promises to improve the economy, health care, and the criminal justice landscape, end Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and raise awareness about climate change were some of Barack’s key conversations. Living in the White House presented a unique paradigm since the Obama family was under attentive scrutiny and surveillance. Nonetheless, Michelle’s efforts to raise her daughters to be responsible for making their beds, completing their homework, and eating their vegetables was a mainstay.

As First Lady, her initiatives comprised being a role model for women, an advocate for healthy lifestyles including “Let’s Move” to reduce childhood obesity and “American Grown: The Story of the White House Garden.” She visited veterans across the nation and felt dedicated to the lives of service members and their families. “Let Girls Learn” and “Reach Higher” are examples of her educational endeavors. Along this journey, Michelle emerged as a welcoming and inclusive First Lady balancing the demands of motherhood, work, community, and service with a sense of style and personality.

Her reflections make memorable storytelling and leave the reader astounded and engaged without bewilderment or disappointment. If you wish to read an account of a child who lived in a financially challenged neighborhood, rose beyond a life of crime or gang affiliation, earned university degrees, and committed her life to making a difference, you will appreciate Becoming.

Writing is a craft Michelle Obama has mastered in her personal story concentrating on overcoming obstacles with sincerity, charm, wisdom, and humor.

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter

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