Top 3 Right Now: Abby from Arlington

This week we’re featuring Abby, the teen librarian at the Arlington community library.

Abby would like to note that this photo was taken on the 4th of July, when you are legally allowed to light off fireworks and wear ridiculous, spangly headbands.

So, Abby, what have you been reading that you think others should pick up?

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Alex Puvilland

I tore through this graphic novel in one intense sitting, and instantly went online afterward to find out when the next volume will come out. I’m a fan of graphic novels, strong female protagonists, and dystopian fiction, and this book had all of these elements blended together into a perfect smoothie of artistic deliciousness. (BTW, according to the Spill Zone blog, it’s slated to be released in July 2018… which feels like practically forever… but they’re also going to be releasing it on their blog in serial form starting in October! Yay for not having to wait a whole year!)

But, if you prefer your graphic novels to be more cheerful and colorful, try:

Goldie Vance, Vol. 1 by Hope Larson

Marigold “Goldie” Vance is a smart, sassy private eye who happens to also work as a valet at the fancy hotel her father runs.  She doesn’t let her day job stop her from solving crimes that happen at her resort, though, and I would love to see her incredible driving skills pitted up against the Fast and Furious crew.  (Ah, if only book character mashups with Hollywood films were a thing!) The art is intriguing and more complex than you’d notice at first glance, and the plots are really inventive and fun.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

So, I checked this book out in e-audiobook format, and I love the narration… but the first day I started listening to this book, I regretted not getting it in a text version because I wanted to just tear into the book and read it all even faster. I read faster than most narrators do, and even though this audiobook only clocks in at around 7.5 hours, I still wanted to know what happened to the characters almost immediately. Nicola Yoon writes fantastic, thoughtful, soulful characters, and Natasha and Daniel are absolutely enthralling. I’m not a big reader of romances, but this was a truly unique story and I still find myself smiling when I think about it days later.


If you would like to be featured on our T3RN, email and include:

  • The titles of the three books that teens would enjoy (they can be published for any age group).
  • One or two sentences describing what it is about each book that has you in its grip right now.
  • A photo of yourself.  We like wacky!

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