TAB Recommends, 12/13

Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently. We’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless otherwise noted.


One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus (YMYS MCM)

When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates—including a brainy intellectual, a popular beauty, a drug dealer on probation and an all-star athlete—are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.


A Mercy, Toni Morrison (FIC MOR)

In exchange for a bad debt, an Anglo-Dutch trader takes on Florens, a young slave girl, who feels abandoned by her slave mother and who searches for love–first from an older servant woman at her master’s new home, and then from a handsome free blacksmith, in a novel set in late seventeenth-century America.


The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (YSF COL)

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.


Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt (JFIC BAB)

A family accidentally stumbles upon a spring with water endowing them with the gift of eternal life. Seventy years later, without having grown a day older, a young girl discovers them and learns their secret.


Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson (JFIC JAM)

A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.


Uprooted, Naomi Novik (SF NOV)

Once every ten years, a powerful wizard known as the Dragon chooses one young woman from Agnieszka’s valley and spirits her away to his enchanted tower. Agnieszka expects him to take her best friend, Kasia, who’s beautiful, clever, and brave. However, when Agnieszka is chosen instead of Kasia, she discovers untapped talents, challenges the Dragon’s rules (and patience), and battles the malevolent influence of the nearby enchanted Wood in order to save the people she loves. Based on Polish folklore, this stand-alone novel by Temeraire series author Naomi Novik, is a fantastical coming-of-age tale combining magic, warfare, politics, and romance. — Description by Gillian Speace.


All Out, editor Saundra Mitchell (YFIC 808.83 A)

A collection of historical fiction featuring a transgender soldier, two girls falling in love while mourning Kurt Cobain, and forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent.

Book Review: Hearts Unbroken, Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hearts Unbroken

Cynthia Leitich Smith


Everyone has their thing. Being a football player, an all A student, a baker, whatever it is, you’re proud of it. For Louise, it’s being a Native American journalist. She is very conscious of the fact that she is Native in an almost all white community. So when her boyfriend Cam makes fun of Native people, she’s had enough. Louise barely misses him. She has her new group of journalist friends, and there’s that one boy who catches Louise’s eye: Joey.

When their drama teacher casts the spring musical – The Wizard of Oz – colorblind, the whole community is in an uproar. Joey and Louise go around town and capture different sides of the story for their school newspaper. In doing so, they spend a lot of time together. As the controversy of the play rises, so does the heat between Joey and Louise. Although, maybe dating isn’t the best thing to do at the moment…

Follow the story of a brave young lady fighting for what she thinks is right. Cheer Louise on as she helps her society think differently and as she discovers what’s right for herself in the process. Hearts Unbroken is a beautiful story of turning a public scandal into something to be proud of. Reading this book, you will learn how to fight against controversy and how to be proud of who you are, no matter what anyone says.

Book Review: A Heart in a Body in the World, Deb Caletti

A Heart in a Body in the World

Deb Caletti


Annabelle Agnelli has a good life. She has good friends and a good family. She has all she needs in life. So, when tragedy strikes, Annabelle doesn’t know what to do but run. What else can she do when everything she cares about has been taken from her? For 2700 miles she runs. From Seattle to DC. For five months she runs away from the tragedy that follows her.  From The Taker, the boy who haunts her. From everything that she feels inside.

When Annabelle starts running, she doesn’t do it for the publicity or the attention. She does it for herself. When her run starts getting more attention, she is seen as an activist. she meets with people to show them her side of the story. Accompanied by her grandfather and backed by her self-appointed publicity team, Annabelle becomes a national icon. This would all be nice if Annabelle could escape from her past. Of course, it isn’t her fault…right?

A Heart in a Body in the World is a beautiful story about a girl who runs for self-preservation, but her story becomes so much more.

Grendel by John Gardner Book Review

Book Review by Esha

Grendel is a book following a monster that is one of the few antagonists in a well known epic poem called Beowulf. It goes around his story, explaining why he is the way he is and shows his side of the story that opposes the way that the poem was so quick to denounce him as a monster. However, this isn’t the only thing the book is doing as it follows along in the story. Every chapter uses different philosophies and all of the zodiac signs, and in each chapter, it would bring in themes from both. Sometimes it would be in the dialogue or in the description. Sometimes it would be in the way that the characters behave which reflect both the zodiac sign and the philosophy. It introduces not only the well-known philosophies such as Nihilism and Existentialism, but it also introduces ones that might be new to the readers such as process philosophy or Sophism. In this way, it not only brings an interesting spin to a poem that’s been around for nearly a thousand years, but it also introduces topics that the reader might find interesting and could possibly even change the way that they view the world. Aside from these, it pulls in elements from the time period that the poem was written in, and shows what kind of society they lived in. It shows the beliefs of the characters, how important religion was to them, and the roles of the different people in the community. In many ways this story can be educative- from the themes that are present throughout and the way that it ties in the time period that the original poem was written in, it is an interesting read that ties in well to the writing that inspired it.

Events for Teens in FCPS Area


Join us for a showing of the Addams Family Movie and some Halloween treats. Movie is rated PG-13. Teens and Adults.
Monday, October 29, 2018
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Thomas Jefferson Meeting Room 1 , Thomas Jefferson Meeting Room 2 , Thomas Jefferson Library


Come to the library for an escape room experience. Can you solve the clues in time to find a cure for the zombie virus and save the world? Grades 7-12. R.
Monday, October 29, 2018
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Martha Washington Meeting Room 104A , Martha Washington Meeting Room 104B, Martha Washington Library


Library staff will demonstrate and guide you in printing out a small 3D project on our 3D printer. Adults, teens, ages 9-14 with adult.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Kings Park Library


Calling all ghouls and boys….join us for a Spooktacular Halloween Party! Come dressed in your favorite costume, play some games and decorate mini pumpkins. Light refreshments and music. Please register all ad…
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Burke Centre Meeting Room 116, Burke Centre Meeting Room 117, Burke Centre Library


Look out for these 3 new YA books!

  1. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins
    1. A book, telling the stories of six different teenagers who share one common thing- facing gun violence. All of the teenagers immerse themselves into risky situations, but only one of them will die by the hands of a gun.
  2.  Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll
    1. Doris, Nell, and Grant are three people from three different backgrounds but all meet together while working one summer at Unclaimed Baggage and discover hilarious items and establish a friendship.
  3. Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
    1. Darius, who struggles with weight and bullying, can never feel like he fits in at home. But when his grandfather’s illness prompts him to travel to Iran, he sees life in a whole another way.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Book Review

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Set in a present-day dystopian society, the United States underwent a regime and was renamed Gilead; the purged country became a theocracy, a society ruled by religion, and the entire country has to abide by God’s laws. In what used to be near Boston, a Handmaid named Offred experiences dark thoughts about society and observes and recalls her story of living in the terrifying society. Throughout the book, Offred tells shocking moments that could indicate her rebellion against such a totalitarian society.

The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985 and has hints of Fahrenheit 451 and George Orwell’s 1984; all of them resembling an almost unrealistic future dystopian society, but still seems scarily accurate. Made into a Hulu TV show just last year, the Handmaid’s Tale is an excellent read and a great show to binge-watch. Atwood does a great job of writing a novel in her own style. With a lot of proverbs and wise sayings, she creates a sense of a sort of “propaganda” by incorporating religion greatly. I would highly recommend both the book and the show- they’re both outstanding!

Book review by Diana Ho