TAB – The Book Club

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TAB began 25 years ago as a partnership between the Arlington County Public Library and Arlington Public Schools. Begun as a Middle School program, it was designed to get student input and involvement in the selection of books by the libraries and as a resource for committees making recommendations on best books. This successful program now has a High School component which meets at the Central Library once a month. In 2000, we received a national award form the American Library Association honoring our partnership.

TAB students read and review new titles provided by the public library, many of which end up on the annual award lists. The reviews are sometimes posted on the county and school websites, along with profiles of some of our students. (Check out the Arlington PUBLIC Library TAB site). Each year, students spend the school year reading selected novels.  In the Spring, they vote on their Top 10 titles, creating a list for each school. From time to time, we are able to offer special activities, such as author visits or field trips to area conventions. The Middle School club will meet either Fridays or Thursdays at lunchtime throughout the year. (Watch for our schedule coming by the end of September.)  High Schoolers meet for TAB at the Central Library the first Tuesday evening each month at 5 pm.

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THE 2014-2015 TOP 10 PICKS

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
The Blood of Olympus (series) by Rick Riordan
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer Smith

THE 2013-2014 TOP 10 PICKS 

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Everything written by John Green

THE 2012-2013 TOP 10 PICKS

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I am Number 4 (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Marvel Comics
Percy Jackson and Lost Hero series by Rick Riordan
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
Trapped by Michael Northrup

THE 2011-2012 TOP 10 PICKS

The Adventure of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Everything written by Rick Riordan
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine

THE 2010-2011 TOP 10 PICKS

Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Lost Hero and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Red Pyramid and the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Book Thief by Markus Zusak

THE 2009-2010 TOP 10 PICKS

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Witch and Wizard by James Patterson
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

THE 2008-2009 TOP 10 PICKS

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Two Princesses of Bamarre, Fairest and Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
All books by Tamora Pierce
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Hope Was Here, Rules of the Road, and Peeled by Joan Bauer
Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
All books by Terry Pratchett
Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart

THE 2007-2008 TOP 10 PICKS

Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Night by Elie Wiesel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Downsiders by Neal Shusterman
Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
Holes by Louis Sachar
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
Warriors: The New Prophecy series by Erin Hunter

THE 2006-2007 TOP 10 PICKS

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Cat in the Hat and all things Seuss
Calvin & Hobbes books by Bill Watterson
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Curious George series by H.A. Rey
Tintin series by Herge
1984 by George Orwell
Warriors: The New Prophecy series by Erin Hunter
Cirque Du Freak series by Darren Shan
Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Mugglenet.com‘s “What Will Happen in Harry Potter 7: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Falls in Love and How the Adventure Will Finally End” by Ben Shoen, et. al.
Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

 

THE 2005-2006 TOP 10 PICKS

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Charlie Bone and the Hidden King by Jenny Nimmo
Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun
Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson
Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Everything written by Tamora Pierce
Code Orange by Caroline Cooney
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

 

THE 2004-2005 TOP 10 PICKS

Eagle Strike by Anthony Horowitz
Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Double Helix by Nancy Werlin
Never Mind! by Avi and Rachel Vail
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

 

THE 2003-2004 TOP 10 PICKS

All books by Dr. Seuss
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
George W. Bushisms by George W. Bush
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
All books written by Tamora Pierce
All books written by Madeleine L’Engle

 

THE 2002-2003 TOP 10 PICKS

Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
All books written by Tamora Pierce
Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper
Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Lord of the Rings series, including The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
All books written by Terry Pratchett
All books written by Orson Scott Card
Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

THE 2001-2002 TOP 10 PICKS

Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce
All books written by Tamora Pierce
Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
Wayside School series by Louis Sachar
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede
I am Morgan Le Fay by Nancy Springer

 THE 2000-2001 TOP 10 PICKS

Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Ten Little Indians (or And Then There Were None) by Agatha Christie
Nimh series by Robert C. O’Brien and Jane Leslie Conly
Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

 

2016 TAB Calendar

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Nov. 18
Dec. 2
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