Here are some books our TAB members have read and loved recently!
I’ve included the call number so you can come and get them at Reston Regional Library! All summaries are taken from Novelist unless
The Queen’s Assassin, Melissa de la Cruz (YSF DEL)
Caledon Holt is the kingdom’s deadliest weapon. Shadow of the Honey Glade has been training all her life to join the Guild, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Cal. But Shadow’s mother and aunts expect her to serve the crown as a lady of the Renovian Court. When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice.
Thunderhead, Neal Shusterman (first book Scythe) (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.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (FIC JAC)
A deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family and the dramatic struggle that ensues when an unexpected visitor interrupts their unusual way of life.
The Selection, Kiera Cass (YSF CAS)
Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illea, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.
Reflection, Elizabeth Lim (YFIC LIM)
When Shang is grievously harmed by a blow meant for her, Mulan, still disguised as Ping, travels to the Underworld with Shang’s lion guardian to bring him back.
The Last Magician, Lisa Maxwell (YSF MAX)
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic–the Mageus–live in the shadows, hiding who they are from the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power–and often their lives. Esta is a talented thief. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order–and the Brink–before the Magician can destroy it and doom the
Mageus to a hopeless future.
The Witches, Roald Dahl (JFIC DAH)
A young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who is an expert on witches, together foil a witches’ plot to destroy the world’s children by turning them into mice.
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (305.896 BALDWIN JAMES)
A plea and a warning to citizens to examine the actual state of America after a century of emancipation.
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.
Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (YFIC ROW)
Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, two seasonal best friends organize ultimate Halloween plans to celebrate their last working year together.
The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner (YFIC TUR)
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.