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.
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.
Scythe, Neil Shusterman (YSF SHU)
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.
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.
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.
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.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares (YFIC BRA)
Four best girlfriends spend the biggest summer of their lives enchanted by a magical pair of pants.
The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri (FIC LAH)
A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
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.
She-Wolves, Helen Castor (942 C)
Explores women and power in England, as witnessed through the lives of six females who exercised power against the odds—and one who never got the chance.