TAB -- Teen Advisory Board
TAB is a book discussion group, co-sponsored by Arlington's secondary school and public librarians. Middle and high school students read recently published works of young adult literature and share their reactions about what they read. Their comments follow guidelines about how to talk about books – without giving a “book report” -- and help both library systems make informed choices about what to provide for their teen readers.
Ms. Paula Ruskiewicz of Arlington Public Library and Ms Holly Ousley, Kenmore Librarian, sponsor Kenmore's TAB group that meets every other Thursday during lunch.
At the end of each school year, TAB members vote for their favorites and publish a list of TAB Picks for the year. The list of Kenmore’s TAB Picks for last school year are now available. If you're looking for a good book to read, consider one of the following titles:
Goodman, Alison. Eon: Dragoneye Reborn Sixteen-year-old Eon hopes to become an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune and learn to be its main interpreter, but to do so will require much, including keeping secret that she is a girl.
Hiaasen, Carl. Scat
Nick and his friend Marta decide to investigate when a mysterious fire starts near a Florida wildlife preserve and an unpopular teachergoes missing.
Jinks, Catherine The Reformed Vampire Support Group
Fifteen-year-old Nina has been stuck for fifty-one years in a boring support group for vampires, and nothing exciting has ever happened to them -- until one of them is murdered and the others must try to solve the crime.
Kanno, Aya Otomen, Volume I Asuka is a guy who likes "girly" things like cooking and sewing, but in a culture where boys are expected to act manly, he must hide his passions, even from Ryo, the girl he likes.
Mass, Wendy 11 Birthdays
Until a falling out last year, Amanda and Leo have always shared their same-day birthdays together, but peculiar things happen as the day of their eleventh birthday begins to repeat itself over and over again.
Matsumoto, Nina Yokaiden
Hamachi must venture into the spirit world of the yokai to find the creature who caused his grandmother's death.
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Cricket Man
Thirteen-year-old Kenny secretly calls himself "Cricket Man" after a summer of rescuing creatures from his family's pool, which givwes him more self-confidence and an urge to be a hero, especially for his depressed 16-year-old neighbor, Jodi.
Riordan, Rick. The Last Olympian
While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster, Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.
Tan Shaun. Tales from Outer Suburbia
Fifteen brilliantly illustrated vignettes, some humorous and some haunting, transform the Australian suburbs into a mysterious and magical place.
Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, while on the run from the Clanker Powers, 15-year-old Prince Alek forms an uneasy alliance with Derwyn who, disguised as a boy, is learning to fly the opposition Darwinists' genetically enginerred beasts.
Special TAB Events
TAB's SKYPE visit with author Mitali Perkins
Members of Kenmore’s TAB group have met and shared their insights with editors and authors of young adult literature, such as Jacqueline Woodson, David Lubar and Joan Bauer. They also have the opportunity to read Advance Readers Copies (ARC's) of material not yet published.
Kenmore members at an all-TAB event at Central Library