TAB Recommends, 10/26

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.

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Animal Farm, George Orwell (FIC ORW)
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own
government.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events – The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket (JFIC SNI)
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and
their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to
use any means necessary to get their fortune.

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The Odyssey, Homer (883 H)
The Trojan War is over. Odysseus, the cunning King of Ithaca, sets out to return home to his wife
Penelope and his son Telemachus. It proves a long journey, fraught with dangers, from Polyphemus the
Cyclops, and the seductive Sirens, to the love of Calypso on her all-too-comfortable isle.

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Scorpions, Walter Dean Myers (YFIC MYE)
After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his
enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun until a tragedy occurs.

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Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder (FIC GAA)
Finding two thought-inducing philosophical questions in her mailbox, Sophie enrolls in a correspondence
course with a mysterious philosopher, and begins receiving some equally strange letters.

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur – BFF, Brandon Montclare (YSF MON)
When a red-scaled beast teleported from the past meets Lunella Lafayette, a preteen super genius with
Inhuman genes, the duo quickly become the best of friends, but there are certain problems involved
with having a T-rex as a pet in New York City.

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Warriors Don’t Cry, Melba Beals (370.19 B)

The author describes the threats and emotional abuse she endured from white students and adults
along with her fears of endangering her family as she committed to being one of the first African
American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957.

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The Leaving, Tara Altebrando (YFIC ALT)
Six kindergartners were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.
No one remembers the sixth victim, Max. Avery, Max's sister, needs to find her brother–dead or alive–
and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

TAB Recommends, 10/10

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.

The Odyssey, Homer (883 H)
The Trojan War is over. Odysseus, the cunning King of Ithaca, sets out to return home to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus. It proves a long journey, fraught with dangers, from Polyphemus the Cyclops, and the seductive Sirens, to the love of Calypso on her all-too-comfortable isle.

 

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Refugee, Alan Gratz (JFIC GRA)
Separated by decades, Josef, a Jew living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a girl trying to escape unrest in 1994 Cuba; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence, embark on journeys in search of refuge.

Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo (YSF BAR)
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

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Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson (JFIC AND)
After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.

Ophelia, Lisa Klein (YFIC KLE)
In a story based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Ophelia tells of her life in the court at Elsinore, her love for Prince Hamlet, and her escape from the violence in Denmark.

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1984, George Orwell (FIC ORW)
Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.

Spin, Lamar Giles (YIFC GIL)
When DJ ParSec (Paris Secord), rising star of the local music scene, is found dead over her turntables, the two girls who found her, Kya (her pre-fame best friend) and Fuse (her current chief groupie) are torn between grief for Paris and hatred for each other–but when the lack of obvious suspects stalls the investigation, and the police seem to lose interest, despite pressure from social media and ParSec’s loyal fans, the two girls unite, determined to find out who murdered their friend.

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Hamlet, William Shakespeare (822.3 S7S)
Considered one of Shakespeare’s most rich and enduring plays, the depiction of its hero Hamlet as he vows to avenge the murder of his father by his brother Claudius is both powerful and complex. As Hamlet tries to find out the truth of the situation, his troubled relationship with his mother comes to the fore, as do the paradoxes in his personality. A play of carefully crafted conflict and tragedy, Shakespeare’s intricate dialogue continues to fascinate audiences to this day.

Ishmael, Daniel Quinn (FIC QUI)
A man and a great ape conduct a series of philosophical conversations in a work that presents a new vision of evolution and humankind and asks the question: does the Earth belong to humans, or do humans belong to the Earth?

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Warcross, Marie Lu (YSF LU)
After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to go undercover to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.

Julius Caeser, William Shakespeare (822.3 T1S)
Shakespeare’s play about political intrigue, personal betrayal, and the aftermath of a brutal assassination.

This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone (SF ELM)
Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters—and soon fall in love.

Spooky Books

With Halloween fast approaching here are a couple of spooky books for some late night reads!

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  1. Three Dark Crowns – A dark fantasy about three sisters—triplets—each with her own magic, will meet again on their 16th birthday to fight to the death to be Queen.

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2. This Savage Song – A dark and fast-paced adventure that looks at the monsters we face every day—including the monster within. 

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3. The Stranger Game – A twisty YA novel about fifteen-year-old Nico, who questions whether the girl who has returned home after a three-year disappearance is really her sister.

Enjoy!

 

YA Book Club Featuring Serpent & Dove

Serpent & Dove (Barnes & Noble YA Book Club Edition) (Serpent & Dove Duology Series #1)

The YA Book Club continues on the second Thursday of every month. Join us to discuss Serpent & Dove, a story about witchcraft and the perils of forbidden love. Plus, get a coupon for $2 Teavana teas (Café stores only). Contact your local store or visit bn.com/yabookclub for details.

This event will be at the Barnes and Nobles in the Tysons Corner Mall on Thursday October 10, 2019 7:00 PM.

*description taken from B&N website*

McKay Used Books

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Do you like to read? Do you like to hold real books in your hands, but don’t want to pay almost $20 for it? Try McKay Used Books!

McKay Used Books is unlike any other bookstore you’ve been to. They have hundreds of thousands of different items on our shelves on any given day for your browsing pleasure. A lot of the items they sell are brought in by the customers, and almost always have a reduced price.

But books aren’t the only thing on their shelves. They have vinyl records, video games, and much much more!

There address: 8345 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109 in the Manaport Shopping Center across from the Manassas Mall.

Their website: http://mckayusedbooks.com/

TAB Recommends 9/12

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.

 

Children of Blood and Bone, Toni Adeyemi (YSF ADE)

Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king’s guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zelie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people’s magical abilities.

 

Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (YSF BAR)

Kaz and his crew find their loyalties tested after pulling off an impossible heist and are forced to fight for their lives when powerful enemies descend on Ketterdam in pursuit of knowledge about a dangerous drug. Sequel to Six of Crows.

 

Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman (YSF SHU)

Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the chilling sequel to the Printz Honor Book Scythe from New York Times bestseller Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology. 

 

Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer (YFIC PFE)

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

 

Warriors, Erin Hunter (JFIC HUN)

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

 

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King (813 KING 2000)

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999 — and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. – From Goodreads

 

Lord of the Flies, William Golding (FIC GOL)

The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

 

Fresh Ink: An Anthology, ed. Lamar Giles (YFIC 808.83 F)

Offers a diverse collection of YA authors writing stories about such topics as gentrification, acceptance, coming out, and poverty.

 

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Gregory Maguire (FIC MAG)

Set in an Oz where a morose Wizard battles suicidal thoughts, the story of the green-skinned Elphaba, otherwise known as the Wicked Witch of the West, profiles her as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her dear sister’s death.