TAB Recommends: August 2020

compilation and summaries by Emma Shacochis; titles recommended by members of the Board

Despite having to miss this month’s meeting, TAB members still decided to share what we’ve been reading and enjoying this August!

The Zeroes trilogy, by Deborah Biancotti, Margo Lanagan, and Scott Westerfeld

Six teenagers, all possessing their own unique superpower, must learn to work as a team to keep the normal world safe – from themselves.

The Candymakers, by Wendy Mass

A boarding school for spies, a boy who speaks backwards, and candy harmonicas abound in this mouthwateringly magical tale of friendship, secrets, and lots of candy.

The Nowhere Girls, by Amy Reed

In a moving tale of female friendship and empowerment, three girls team up to bring change to the passive treatment of sexual assault at their school.

Read Between the Lines, by Jo Knowles

A small-town high school sees its fair share of drama over the course of a single day, through the perspectives of nine very different teenagers.

Things We Know By Heart, by Jessi Kirby

After her boyfriend dies in an accident, Quinn goes out of her way to find the recipients of his organ donations.

Red, White, & Royal Blue, by Casey McQuiston

After rivaling one another for years, the First Son and the prince of England find themselves thrown into a media-friendly friendship that gradually evolves into more.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas

In an action-packed retelling of Beauty and the Beast, a mortal girl, Feyre, finds herself kidnapped to a fighting for survival in the world of faeries after accidentally killing a High Fae.

The Young Elites, by Marie Lu

In a dystopian future ravaged by a plague, the scarred survivor children have the potential to develop magical abilities. Adelina Amouteru, a girl with the ability to create illusions, is invited to join the ranks of the Young Elites, a group who work to protect the rights of malfettos (children who survived the plague), and to put Enzo, another Elite, back on the throne.

An Enchantment of Ravens, by Margaret Rogerson

Isobel makes her living as an artist for the immortal, cursed creatures: the Fair Folk. But when she makes an error in a portrait of Prince Rook, she’s forced to stand trial in his kingdom, which they find to be torn by violence and betrayal.

Place a hold on any of these highly recommended titles at Reston Regional today!

TAB Recommends, 2/27

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 Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin (SF LEG)

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While on a mission to the planet Gethen, earthling Genly Ai is sent by leaders of the nation of Orgoreyn to a concentration camp from which the exiled prime minister of the nation of Karhide tries to rescue him.

One Dark Throne, Kendare Blake (YSF BLA)

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The battle for Fennbirn has begun. The Quickening is behind them, and with the Ascension Year underway all bets are off. Katharine, once the weakest and feeblest of the triplets, is stronger than ever
before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before — ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (822.3 U3)

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A bitter feud between the Montagues and the Capulets keeps the city of Verona, Italy, in a state of constant unrest. Despite the enmity, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet fall passionately in love. Enlisting the help of Friar Laurence, the young lovers wed in secret, hoping that their marriage will finally unite the two families. But things go terribly, tragically wrong.

Body 2.0, Sara Latta (610.28 L)

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Meet scientists who are on the verge of breakthroughs in biomedical engineering. From encouraging the body to regenerate damaged bone and muscle tissue to re-routing visual stimuli to the brain to help blind people see, these discoveries will change medicine radically.

Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly (510.9 S)

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An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA&’s African-American women mathematicians to America’s space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

Hamlet, William Shakespeare (822.3 S7)

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Grieving for the recent death of his beloved father and appalled by his mother’s quick remarriage to his uncle, Hamlet, heir to the Danish throne, struggles with conflicting emotions, particularly after his father’s ghost appeals to him to avenge his death.

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen (839.822 I)

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A Doll’s House (1879), is a masterpiece of theatrical craft which, for the first time portrayed the tragic hypocrisy of Victorian middle class marriage on the stage. The play ushered in a new social era and “exploded like a bomb into contemporary life.”

– Goodreads.com

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (FIC STE)

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The tragic story of two itinerant ranch hands on the run–one is the lifelong companion to the other, a developmentally disabled man.

Heroes of Olympus 1: The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan (JFIC RIO)

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Jason, Piper, and Leo, three students from a school for “bad kids” find themselves at Camp Half-Blood, where they learn that they are demigods and begin a quest to free Hera, who has been imprisoned by Mother Earth herself.

Renegades, Marissa Meyer (YSF MEY)

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In a ruined world where humans with extraordinary abilities have become the world’s champions of justice, a vengeance-seeking girl and a justice-seeking boy team up against a villain who has the power to destroy everything they have worked to protect.

The Martian, Andy Weir (SF WEI)

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Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Dana Simpson (JFIC SIM)

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When Phoebe meets a unicorn named Marigold who grants her one wish, Phoebe wishes Marigold would become her best friend, and the two set off on adventures big and small.

TAB Recommends 2/13

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.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (SF BRA)

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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

 

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Dancing Men, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (MYS DOY)

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Sherlock Holmes investigates the appearance of some strange drawings.

 

Land of Stories, Chris Colfer (JFIC COL)

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An illustrated nursery rhyme and fairy tale collection features the classic tales that Alex and Conner fall into in the Land of Stories series.

 

Lord Of the Flies, William Golding (FIC GOL)

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

 

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (822.3 U)

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Shakespeare’s classic tale about two star-crossed lovers.

 

The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix Harrow (FIC HAR)

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A woman navigating the out-of-place artifacts in her caretaker’s sprawling early 20th-century mansion discovers a mysterious book that reveals impossible truths about the world and her own past.

 

Lincoln at Gettysburg, Garry Wills (973.7 W)

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An account of Lincoln’s revolutionary speech describes how, in the space of 272 words, the President brought to bear the rhetoric of the Greek Revival, the categories of transcendentalism, and the imagery of the Rural Cemetery Movement.

 

The Tyrant’s Tomb, Rick Riordan (JFIC RIO)

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In his penultimate adventure, a devastated but determined Apollo travels to Camp Jupiter, where he must learn what it is to be a hero, or die trying.

 

Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (SF MCG)

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Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions,emerging somewhere … else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. 

 

The Lunar Chronicles: Winter, Marissa Meyer (YSF MEY)

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Cinder and her allies are joined in the plot to overthrow Queen Levana by the queen’s stepdaughter, Winter, who has long been defying her evil stepmother’s wishes by harboring feelings for her personal guard whom she is forbidden from marrying.

 

Challenger Deep, Neal Shusterman (YFIC SHU)

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A teenage boy struggles with schizophrenia.

 

Slay, Brittany Morris (YFIC MOR)

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An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide.

 

The Other Side Of the Sky, Farah Ahmedi (B AHMEDI)

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Born in Kabul, Afghanistan at the peak of the war between the Soviet Union and the mujahideen, a young woman’s memoir intertwines the story of her childhood in the war-torn country with her experiences as a Afghan American adolescent in Chicago.

 

A Great and Terrible Beauty, Libba Bray (YFIC BRA)

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After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

 

Magic, Madness, and Mischief, Kelly McCullough (JFIC MCC)

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A 12-year-old boy uses his new magical powers and the help of a snarky fire hare to defeat his evil stepfather in a magical version of St. Paul.

 

 

Books We Read When We Were Younger (Part 2)

Part two of the books TAB members liked when they were younger!

The Boxcar Children Series

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?

 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….

 

A Bad Case of Stripes

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in…a bad case of stripes!

 

Enemy Pie

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! In this funny yet endearing story one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning a best enemy into a best friend.

 

Miss Nelson Series

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

 

Captain Underpants Series

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

 

Calvin and Hobbes Series

Calvin and Hobbes is a daily American comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson that was syndicated from November 18, 1985 to December 31, 1995. … It also examines Calvin’s relationships with family and classmates, especially the love/hate relationship between him and his classmate Susie Derkins.

 

Sideways Stories From Wayside School

There was a terrible mistake-Wayside School was built with one classroom on top of another, thirty stories high! (The builder said he was sorry.) Maybe that’s why all kinds of funny things happened at Wayside-especially on the thirteenth floor.

 

My Weird School Series

In the first My Weird School book ever, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn’t even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!

 

The Magic School Bus Series

An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus. In a small grade school, one class has a unique way of learning about the world with their teacher, Ms. Frizzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books We Read When We Were Younger (Part 1)

Here are some books TAB members read when they were younger! Fell free to check them out from Reston Regional Library!

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

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Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (and other Roald Dahl books)

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Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last! But only five lucky children will be allowed inside. And the winners are: Augustus Gloop, an enormously fat boy whose hobby is eating; Veruca Salt, a spoiled-rotten brat whose parents are wrapped around her little finger; Violet Beauregarde, a dim-witted gum-chewer with the fastest jaws around; Mike Teavee, a toy pistol-toting gangster-in-training who is obsessed with television; and Charlie Bucket, Our Hero, a boy who is honest and kind, brave and true, and good and ready for the wildest time of his life!

 

The Incredible Journey

An inquisitive Labrador retriever, friendly bull terrier, and courageous Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to find their owner in this truly “incredible” adventure.
Instinct tells them that the way home lies to the west and together the three house pets face hunger, the natural elements, and wild forest animals as they make their way home to the family they love.

 

Magic Treehouse Series

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Meet Jack and Annie! Jack and his younger sister, Annie, are just regular kids. But when they discover a tree house in the woods, something magical happens. Jack and Annie are whisked back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs, a medieval castle, ancient pyramids, and treasure-seeking pirates. Every visit to the magic tree house leads to adventure!

 

Geronimo Stilton Series

Geronimo Stilton #1: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by [Geronimo Stilton]

Who Is Geronimo Stilton?
That’s me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! What’s that? You’ve never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that’s a promise!

 

Animorph Series

The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they’re given an incredible power — they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet.

And the enemies they’re fighting could be anyone . . . even the people closest to them.

 

Goosebumps Series

These classic horror books for children will scare you for sure!

 

Rainbow Magic

 

Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don’t return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever!

 

Have a good day, and read a book!

 

TAB Recommends 1/16

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.

Heartless, Marissa Meyer (YFIC MEY)

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In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept
a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

Shuri 1. The Search for Black Panther, Nnedi Okorafor (YFIC OKO, graphic novels)

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T’Challa has disappeared, and everyone is looking at the next in line for the throne. Wakanda expects
Shuri to take on the mantle of Black Panther once more and lead their great nation — but she’s happiest
in a lab, surrounded by her own inventions. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them down!
So it’s time for Shuri to go rescue her brother yet again. (Summary from Goodreads)

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

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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.

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi (B KALANITHI)

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A young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal diagnosis describes his examination into what truly makes
a meaningful life.

Educated, Tara Westover (B WESTOVER)

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Traces the author’s experiences as a child born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, describing her
participation in her family’s paranoid stockpiling activities and her resolve to educate herself well
enough to earn an acceptance into a prestigious university and the unfamiliar world beyond.

Spirit Animals: Wild Born, Brandon Mull (JFIC MUL)

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Discovering when they come of age that they share a bond with special spirit animals who wield great
powers, four children become lone protectors of their world against a dark force that threatens to
destroy everyone they love, in a debut installment in a role-playing action adventure series by the best-
selling author of the Fablehaven books.

The Land of Stories, Chris Colfer (JFIC COL)

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An illustrated nursery rhyme and fairy tale collection features the classic tales that Alex and Conner fall
into in the Land of Stories series.

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (SF BRA)

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A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag,
suddenly realizes their merit.

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (YFIC ZUS)

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Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel–a young German
girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are
hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Books We Read As Young Teens

Here are some books TAB members read when they were young teens!

 

Escape From Mr. Limoncello’s Library

When Kyle learns that the world’s most famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, has designed the town’s new library and is having an invitation-only lock-in on opening night, he’s determined to be there! But the tricky part isn’t getting into the library—it’s getting out. Because when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

 

Keeper Of The Lost Cities

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit into her life. She’s skipped multiple grades and doesn’t really connect with the older kids at school, but she’s not comfortable with her family, either. The reason? Sophie’s a Telepath, someone who can read minds. No one knows her secret—at least, that’s what she thinks…

 

Fairy- Tale Detectives

Orphaned sisters Sabrina and Daphne  are sent to live with their newly discovered grandmother, Relda Grimm, in the strange town of Ferryport Landing. The girls soon learn a family secret: that they are descendants of the famous Brothers Grimm, whose book of fairy tales is actually a history book. When a terrorizing giant goes on a rampage through the town, it’s up to the Sisters Grimm to stop him and to solve the mystery of who set the giant loose in the first place. Was it Mayor Charming, formerly Prince Charming, who desperately wants his kingdom back? The Three Not-So-Little Pigs, the shifty town cops? Or one of the many other fairy-tale characters who seem to have it out for the Grimms?

 

Wonder

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. 

 

The Ruins Of Gorlan (Ranger’s Apprentice, Book 1)

They have always scared him in the past—the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing.

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

TAB Recommends 12/12

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..

 

The Inferno, Dante Alighieri (851 D)

Dante’s poetic masterpiece.

 

The Martian, Andy Weir (SF WEI)

Stranded on Mars by a duststorm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.

 

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.

 

Animal Farm, George Orwell (FIC ORW)

A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

 

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, Chris Grabenstein (JFIC GRA)

Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS… but someone is trying to censor what the kids are reading.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JK Rowling (JFIC ROW)

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (JFIC RIO)

After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

 

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (B FRANK)

A timeless story that stands without peer, this definitive edition brings to life the world of a brilliant young girl who, for a time, survived the worst horrors the modern world has ever seen–and who remained triumphantly and heartbreakingly human throughout her ordeal.

 

Uprooted, Naomi Novik (SF NOV)

A tale inspired by the “Beauty and the Beast” story follows the experiences of Agnieszka, who becomes the latest girl chosen to serve an immortal wizard who protects their village from the malevolent forces of a nearby forest.

 

Othello, William Shakespeare (822.3 T7)

The destructive effects of jealousy underlie this tale. Othello, a man of quality and superior intelligence, is brought down by his suspicions of his wife, Desdemona.

 

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (SF BRA)

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners, Guy Montag, suddenly realizes their merit.

 

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.

TAB Recommends, 11/14

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)

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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. 

 

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones (JFIC JON)

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Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

 

Animal Farm, George Orwell (FIC ORW)

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A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.

 

The Outlaws of Sherwood, Robin McKinley (YFIC MCK)

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The author retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws who live in Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England.

 

The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (SF ROT)

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A hero named Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.

 

Spy Camp, Stuart Gibbs (JFIC GIB)

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As almost thirteen-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA’s academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER.

 

Hamlet, William Shakespeare (822.3 S7S)

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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.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (FIC ATW)

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Offred, a Handmaid, describes life in what was once the United States, now the Republic of Gilead, a shockingly repressive and intolerant monotheocracy, in a satirical tour de force set in the near future.

 

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition, Paul Watson (998 W 2017)

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of Where War Lives and expedition member describes how an unlikely combination of marine science and Inuit knowledge helped solve the mystery of the lost Franklin expedition of 1845.

 

Jane, April Lindner (YFIC LIN)

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In this contemporary retelling of “Jane Eyre,” an orphaned nanny becomes entranced with her magnetic and brooding employer, a rock star with a torturous secret from his past.

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.