TAB Recommends 4/11

Now I Rise, Kiersten White (YFIC WHI)
A sequel to the best-selling And I Darken finds a vengeful Lada striking out at anyone who stands in her way and finding herself unexpectedly rejected by her skillful brother, Radu, who reluctantly works as a spy for a power-hungry Mehmed.

Lovely War, Julie Berry (YFIC BER)
A sweeping, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates–and the hearts–of four mortals in their hands.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (FIC TWA)
Retells the classic story of the adventures of a nineteenth-century boy and a runaway slave as they float down the Mississippi River on a raft.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (FIC FIT)
Newly rich Jay Gatsby tries to recapture the past and win back Daisy Buchanan, his former love, despite the fact she has married.

Frankenstein, Mary Shelley (FIC SHE)
Obsessed by creating life itself, Victor Frankenstein plunders graveyards for the material to fashion a new being, which he shocks into life by electricity. But his botched creature, rejected by Frankenstein and denied human companionship, sets out to destroy his maker and all that he holds dear.

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (FIC LEE)
Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.

Matched, Allyson Condie (YSF CON)

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her, so when Xander appears on- screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate–until Ky Markham's face appears for an instant before the screen fades to black.

London Calling, Edward Bloor (YFIC BLO)
Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.

A Northern Light, Jennifer Donnelly (YFIC DON)
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to attend college and be a writer against the wishes of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer inn where she discovers the truth about the death of a guest.
Based on a true story.

Nothing But the Truth, Avi (JFIC AVI)
A ninth-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller (812 M)
As a wave of anti-communist investigations swept across American society during the 1950s, Miller exposed the horror of such witch-hunts by retelling the story of the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts in 1692.

Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur (811 K)
Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. – from Goodreads

Night, Elie Wiesel (940.531 W)
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family.

Finding Baba Yaga, Jane Yolen (YFIC YOL)

A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: a house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself.

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (FIC ACH)
Traces the growing friction between village leaders and Europeans determined to save the heathen souls of Africa. But its hero, a noble man who is driven by destructive forces, speaks a universal tongue.

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