TAB stands for “Teens and Books” or “Teen Advisory Board.”
We are a book discussion club, co-sponsored by Arlington’s middle school and public librarians.
TAB meets during lunch every other week to discuss what we’ve read. TAB members get the chance to read brand new books that are supposed to be the best books written in the last year for young adults and give thumbs up or down on the selections. At the end of the year, TAB members vote for their favorites. Lists of each middle school’s favorites are available at each school and at the public libraries and are marked with a gold star in the Young Adult areas of each Arlington Public Library.
TAB Club Sponsors: Mr. Nelson from Shirlington Library, Ms. Wall and Ms. Miller
We are always looking for members who like to read, and enjoy talking about what they are reading in a group. The only requirements are that you try to read and review at least one book a month, and attend the meetings on a regular basis.
This year we are looking forward to seeing some movies that have been made from some our favorite young adult novels.
Find out more about TAB by visiting the Arlington Public Library TAB page. There are recommendations of favorite TAB books from all the TABs in Arlington.
Contact Ms. Wall or Ms. Miller if you are interested–we begin in late September and go through May. We meet every other Wednesday during each of the lunches. Membership is open all year.
2018 TAB PICKS
Bardugo, Leigh. Wonder Woman: Warbringer — “Diana, Princess of the Amazons, journeys to the World of Man in this coming-of-age young adult story” –Provided by publisher.
Gratz, Alan. Refugee — “Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy livng in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.” –Provided by publisher.
Hale, Shannon. Real Friends — “Follow Shannon’s life from kindergarten through fifth grade where she experiences the joy of making first friends while navigating the tricky waters of cliques, bullies, and the popular crowd.” — Provided by publisher
Jamieson, Victoira. All’s Faire in Middle School — “Homeschooled by Renaissance Fair enthusiasts, eleven-year-old Imogene has a hard time fitting in when her wish to enroll in public school is granted.” — Provided by publisher
Korman, Gordon. Restart — “Chase does not remember falling off the roof; in fact, he does not remember anything about himself. When he gets back to middle school, he begins to learn who he was through the reactions of the other kids–trouble is, he really is not sure he likes the Chase that is being revealed. Can he take the opportunity amnesia has provided and restart his life?” — Provided by publisher
Lu, Marie. War Cross — “Warcross–an online video game phenomenon–is a way of life for millions of players around the globe. For impoverished teenage hacker Emika Chen, working as a bounty hunter to track down players who place illegal bets on the game, it’s her only means of survival. However, when she tries to hack the opening game of the International Warcross Championships just to make some quick cash, she accidentally glitches herself into the game. Becoming an overnight sensation, Emika is sure she will be arrested, but then she gets a call from the game’s creator who offers her a job as an undercover security agent. Whisked off to Tokyo, Emika quickly uncovers a sinister plot that could bring down the whole Warcross empire.” — Provided by Publisher
Meyer, Marissa. Renegades — “The Renegades are human, but with extraordinary abilities. They emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and is on a mission for vengeance. Adrian is a Renegade boy who believes in justice– and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.”–Provided by publisher.
Reynolds, Jason. Long Way Down — “As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.” — Provided by publisher
Renynolds, Jason. Patina — “A newbie to the track team, Patina “Patty” Jones must learn to rely on her family and teammates as she tries to outrun her personal demons”–Provided by publisher.
Slater, Dashka. The 57 Bus — “If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes”–Jacket flap.
Great Resources to Help You Find Your Next Book
- Check Out Other TAB Favorites
- TALTAL – Teens at the Arlington Library — a blog for middle and high school students
- ALA Youth Media Awards – links to winner and honor books for annual awards like the Newbery, Printz, Coretta Scott King Award, etc.
- Best Fiction for Young Adults (American Library Association)