The Newest and Best YA Books Reston Has to Offer!

compiled by Emma Shacochis

Are you eager to pick up some of the most recent and most buzzed-about young adult titles? If so, Reston Regional’s Teen Section’s shelves are packed with options for your reading appetite. Here are a few that you can head over and check out for yourself!

When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey

Alexis and her five best friends are your typical, close-knit group of high school girls. Oh, except for the magical powers that they share. And the fact that they have to help cover up an accidental murder on prom night.

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Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters, by Emily Roberson

For fans of Greek mythology comes a retelling of the myth of Theseus and the minotaur…by way of reality television and The Hunger Games. Princess Ariadne agrees to help contestant Theseus win her family’s competition show, The Labyrinth Contest, but will helping him bring her family’s empire to ruins?

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Someday We Will Fly, by Rachel DeWoskin

In 1940, teenage Lillia flees with her father and sister from Shanghai to escape persecution that Jewish people were facing in her home of Warsaw, Poland. Lillia embarks on a journey to help raise her sister, learn Chinese, make a living – and find her missing mother.

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Freaky in Fresno, by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Cousins Ricki and Lana find themselves Freaky Friday-d during an unfortunately electrifying argument. Their journey to returning to their own bodies (as well as saving Ricki’s beloved drive-in theatre and Lana’s appearance at an online convention) is paved with crushes, convertibles, and chihuahuas.

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Little Universes, by Heather Demetrios

Sisters Mae and Hannah winters are made to move from one coast to the other for their senior year of high school after a tropical storm claims the lives of their parents. Both struggle to deal with their losses, as well as stay tied to one another even as their circumstances pull them apart.

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Place a hold or come check out these new titles today!

Missing The Teen Section at Reston? Check Out What’s On Display Now!

by Emma Shacochis

For the past few months, it’s been hard to get out of the house – even for something essential as finding summer reading! Luckily, if you feel like spending your last month before the online-school-year begins, Reston Regional’s Teen Advisory Board has plenty of recommendations to keep your imagination busy all August long.

On our displays, you get the chance to judge a book by its cover – or at least its cover’s color palette. If you want to spice up your reading and get your heart beating, try Steampunk!, Puddin’, or All of This is True. If you’d prefer to slow down and relax by the pool, The Names They Gave Us, Hush, or The Chaos of Standing Still may be more your speed.

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On our little board, you can see the results of an incredibly important poll: Reston reader’s favorite books! There’s still time to visit the teen section and have your voice heard by submitting your own pick. Here are a few of the hit books that Reston’s readers are revering:

Check back later this week to see the newest YA books that have hit Reston Regional’s shelves! Until then, happy reading, and some words of wisdom that can be found among the teen section’s shelves:

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Fall Favorites

I’ve compiled a list of our TAB members fall picks! Make sure to stop by and check some out!

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Children Of Blood And Bone

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha Book 1) by [Adeyemi, Tomi]

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Caraval

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

And I Darken

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NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Simon VS The Homosapiens Agenda

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Three Dark Crowns

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In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

Red Queen

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Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

Heartless

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Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

The Way You Make Me Feel

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Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Clockwork Angel

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In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever.

Calling all writers!

Calling all writers!
Do you have a story inside you, clawing to get out? Do you like making up worlds and characters and setting them loose on each other? Do you want to share your writing with the world?
Well, we want to see it. Submit your work to the Reston Regional Library Teen Advisory Board’s writing contest!

Submission Guidelines:
1) Write a story or poem inspired by our prompt, the image below. Stories and poems should be no longer than two thousand words.
2) Submit your work to restonlibtab@gmail.com by August 1st, 2019. Please attach your work as a Word document (not a Googledoc). Please also use the subject line “TAB Writing Contest: [Title of Work]” and include your name and contact information in the body of the email.
3) We’ll contact you by August 15th to tell you if you’ve won!
4) (Optional) Let us know in your submission email if you’d like feedback on your work. We’ll give that to you by August 15th as well.

Prizes:
1st Prize: 75$ Amazon gift card
2nd Prize: 50$ Amazon gift card
3rd Prize: 25$ Amazon gift card

Prompt:

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Image Description: A girl with brown hair tied up in a bun, sitting at a booth in a restaurant with four beverages on her table. She is bent over with slumped shoulders and head drooping down.
The floor has checkered tiles and the booths are red and black with tables.

 

New March Releases Available at Reston Regional!

by Emma Shacochis

Going into spring break, you’re definitely looking for a new book to read as you enjoy time off from school. Reston Regional’s Teen Section has you covered! Here are five books released this March that you can place a hold on at Reston Regional today!

All summaries are taken from Goodreads.

  1. Field Notes on Love, by Jennifer E. Smith

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Having just been dumped by his girlfriend, British-born Hugo is still determined to take his last-hurrah-before-college train trip across the United States. One snag: the companion ticket is already booked under the name of his ex, Margaret Campbell. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Enter the new Margaret C. (Mae for short), an aspiring filmmaker with big dreams. After finding Hugo’s spare ticket offer online, she’s convinced it’s the perfect opportunity to expand her horizons.

When the two meet, the attraction is undeniable, and both find more than they bargained for. As Mae pushes Hugo to explore his dreams for his future, he’ll encourage her to channel a new, vulnerable side of her art. But when life off the train threatens the bubble they’ve created for themselves, will they manage to keep their love on track?

  1. Small Town Hearts, by Lillie Vale

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Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

  1. Heroine, by Mindy McGinnis

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When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there. The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends—fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill—Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control. 

  1. Internment, by Samira Ahmed

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Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.

  1. Once & Future, by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

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When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.

April’s Upcoming Events

Posted by Diana Ho

Welcome to the month of April! In this post, we’ll be including upcoming events for teens that will be held at the Reston Regional Library (unless otherwise stated.)

STARTING MONDAY, APRIL 2ND…

Calling All Artists:

Come bring your artwork for the library! Submissions must be 2-dimensional and the forms can be found in the Children’s Area. Ages 2-18.

MONDAY, APRIL 9TH

Get Organized! For Teens:

Join Lizzie’s Organizational Workshops to strengthen your organizational skills! This workshop can help anyone who has trouble with studying, time management, organization, and more! 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH

Family History Research:

Research your family history with a library staff member using local history and genealogy resources. Adults, teen. 2:00pm – 3:30pm.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH

Teen Advisory Board Meeting:

Join TAB to gain leadership and volunteer experience and share your ideas about how to make the library a wonderful place for teens! Volunteer hours granted. Age 13-18. 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH

Chess Club For Teens:

Learn openings, tactics, and endgame strategies. Players will be able to play against players at their strength. Age 8-16. 2:00pm – 4:00pm

MONDAY, APRIL 16TH

Get Organized! For Teens:

Join Lizzie’s Organizational Workshops to strengthen your organizational skills! This workshop can help anyone who has trouble with studying, time management, organization, and more! 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH

Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale:

Come and browse thousands upon thousands of great books in great condition! From the latest popular titles and classic favorites to the rare and unexpected fiction and non-fiction. The Reston Friends have something for everyone! Yes, we do restock for as long as supplies last. Book Sale open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All Ages. 10:00am – 8:00pm.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26TH

Teen Advisory Board Meeting:

Join TAB to gain leadership and volunteer experience and share your ideas about how to make the library a wonderful place for teens! Volunteer hours granted. Age 13-18. 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27TH

Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale:

Come and browse thousands upon thousands of great books in great condition! From the latest popular titles and classic favorites to the rare and unexpected fiction and non-fiction. The Reston Friends have something for everyone! Yes, we do restock for as long as supplies last. All Ages. 10:00am – 5:00pm.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH

Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale:

Come and browse thousands upon thousands of great books in great condition! From the latest popular titles and classic favorites to the rare and unexpected fiction and non-fiction. The Reston Friends have something for everyone! Yes, we do restock for as long as supplies last. All Ages. 10:00am – 4:00pm.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29TH

Reston Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale:

Come and browse thousands upon thousands of great books in great condition! From the latest popular titles and classic favorites to the rare and unexpected fiction and non-fiction. The Reston Friends have something for everyone! Yes, we do restock for as long as supplies last. All Ages. 1:00pm – 3:30pm.