Chevy Chase Teen Reads!
Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:39am
Chevy Chase teens and tweens have waded into our snowy winter reading program, and they want you to know what they are checking out! Several YA readers have written entertaining book reviews, and we decided to share their thoughts and book picks with the Chevy Chase community.
One reviewer was working on a project about gentrification in D.C. and picked up The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu. The reader liked the book for its honest narration, the humility and courage of the protagonist, and the immigration theme. As an Ethiopian immigrant, the reader felt the depiction of feeling "stuck between two worlds - one being academic and the other [social]" was true and relatable. "I would recommend The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears to anyone interested in immigrant's stories, D.C. gentrification, and/or a heartwarming tale of an unexpected friendship between a young son and older foreigner."
Unsurprisingly, The Book Thief remains very popular, in part due to the recent announcement that author Markus Zusak has been awarded the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. According to one reader, "Liesel's story is so touching, it warms death's heart. Literally...once you get to the end and finish crying, you'll thank me!" Even if you saw the movie, this WWII-era novel is worth checking out.
Other popular reads include the newest Ruby Redfort title, Ruby Redfort, Take Your Last Breath by Lauren Child. According to our reviewer, "If you like spies this is a good book for you." Our reader also notes that the tale is "action packed with Ruby Redfort, a secret agent super-smart kid who is not afraid of the ocean or tentacled sea monsters."
Speaking of monsters, Doug Tennapel's Bad Island was also recommended for lovers of suspense. In this graphic novel, "a family gets stuck on an island and can't get off" while battling monsters and saving animals.
Lastly, if you like a story chock full of drama, jokes, and misadventure, check out Withering Tights by Louise Rennison, the "Queen of Comedy." The first book of the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey series, the story follows our heroine Tallulah as she looks for summer adventures at a performing arts school. Our reviewer loved the book for being hilarious, with "a laugh in every chapter."
Stay tuned for more YA reviews from our February program, Blind Date with a Book. YA patrons can check out a wrapped mystery book - no peeking! - and "rate their date" with our teen book picks. Sometimes it's a good thing to judge a book by its cover, but not in February.
Take a chance on our Blind Dates!