Book Lists by Category: Texas Reading Lists

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Cover of the book The diviners
By Libba Bray.
Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.
Cover of the book The fault in our stars
By John Green.
Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.
Cover of the book I hunt killers
By Barry Lyga.
Seventeen-year-old Jazz learned all about being a serial killer from his notorious "Dear Old Dad," but believes he has a conscience that will help fight his own urges and right some of his father's wrongs, so he secretly helps the police apprehend the town's newest murderer, "The Impressionist."
Cover of the book Never fall down : a novel
By Patricia McCormick.
Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge. When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock n roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Arn is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp: working in the rice paddies under a blazing sun, he sees the other children, weak from hunger, malaria, or sheer exhaustion, dying before his eyes. He sees prisoners marched to a nearby mango grove, never to return. And he learns to be invisible to the sadistic Khmer Rouge, who can give or take away life on a whim. One day, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn's never played a note in his life, but he volunteers. In order to survive, he must quickly master the strange revolutionary songs the soldiers demand, and steal food to keep the other kids alive. This decision saves his life, but it puts him into the very center of what we know today as the Killing Fields. And just as the country is about to be liberated from the Khmer Rouge, Arn is handed a gun and forced to become a soldier. He lives by the simple credo: Over and over I tell myself one thing: never fall down. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace,
Cover of the book The Raven Boys
By Maggie Stiefvater.
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Cover of the book Daughter of smoke & bone
By Laini Taylor.
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.
Cover of the book Code name Verity
By Elizabeth Wein.
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.
Cover of the book Stickman Odyssey : an epic doodle
By Christopher Ford.
In this humorous take on the Odyssey, Zozimos, banished from his country by his evil stepmother, has many adventures as he prepares to return home to reclaim the throne that is rightfully his.
Cover of the book Giants beware!
By written by Jorge Aguirre ; illustrated by Rafael Rosado.
Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
Cover of the book Cardboard
By Doug TenNapel.
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
Cover of the book One dead spy : the life, times, and last words of Nathan Hale, America's most famous spy
By [Nathan Hale].
Nathan Hale, the author's historical namesake, was America's first spy, a Revolutionary War hero who famously said 'I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country" before being hanged by the British. In the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series, author Nathan Hale channels his namesake to present history's roughest, toughest, and craziest stories in the graphic novel format.
Cover of the book Shadow and bone
By Leigh Bardugo.
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.
Cover of the book Every other day
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
Every other day, sixteen-year-old high school student Kali transforms into an invincible demon hunter, but when she sees that a popular fellow-student is marked for death in the next twenty-four hours, unfortunately it is the wrong day for Kali.
Cover of the book How they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous
By Georgia Bragg ; illustrated by Kevin O'Malley.
A look at the deaths of several famous people throughout history and the circumstances surrounding those deaths.
Cover of the book Cinder
By written by Marissa Meyer.
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Cover of the book Legend
By Marie Lu.
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Cover of the book The false prince
By Jennifer A. Nielsen.
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.
Cover of the book Giants beware!
By written by Jorge Aguirre ; illustrated by Rafael Rosado.
Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.
Cover of the book The one and only Ivan
By Katherine Applegate.
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Cover of the book Laugh with the moon
By Shana Burg.
Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother's recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.
Cover of the book Coral reefs
By Jason Chin.
A young girl gets quite a surprise when the text of a library book she is reading transforms her surroundings into those of a teeming-with-life coral reef!
Cover of the book Freaky Fast Frankie Joe
By Lutricia Clifton.
Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her.
Cover of the book Barnum's bones : how Barnum Brown discovered the most famous dinosaur in the world
By Tracey Fern ; pictures by Boris Kulikov.
Documents the work of an early twentieth-century paleontologist, named after the famous circus icon by his ambitious parents, who grew up to work for the American Museum of Natural History and discovered the first documented skeletons of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other noteworthy species.
Cover of the book Ten rules you absolutely must not break if you want to survive the school bus
By by John Grandits ; illustrated by Michael Allen Austin.
Before Kyle rides a school bus for the first time, his older brother gives him a list of rules he must follow but after breaking every single one the first day, Kyle discovers the rule his brother left out.
Cover of the book Tua and the elephant
By by R.P. Harris ; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.
In Chiang Mai, Thailand, nine-year-old Tua releases an abused elephant from its chains--can she complete the rescue by getting it to an elephant refuge without being caught herself?
Cover of the book Looking at Lincoln
By Maira Kalman.
A brief look at the life of United States president Abraham Lincoln.
Cover of the book Flying the dragon
By Natalie Dias Lorenzi.
When Skye's cousin Hiroshi and his family move to Virginia from Japan, the cultural differences lead to misunderstandings and both children are unhappy at the changes in their lives--will flying the dragon kite finally bring them together?
Cover of the book Waiting for the magic
By Patricia MacLachlan ; illustrated by Amy June Bates.
When Papa goes away for a little while, his family tries to cope with the separation by adopting four dogs and a cat.
Cover of the book Fairest of all
By Sarah Mlynowski.
After moving to a new house, ten-year-old Abby and her younger brother Jonah discover an antique mirror that transports them into the Snow White fairy tale.
Cover of the book Ghetto cowboy : a novel
By by G. Neri ; illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson.
Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.
Cover of the book Wonder
By R.J. Palacio.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.
Cover of the book The humming room
By Ellen Potter.
Twelve-year-old orphan Roo Fanshaw is sent to live with an uncle she never knew in a largely uninhabited mansion on Cough Rock Island and discovers a wild river boy, an invalid cousin, and the mysteries of a hidden garden.
Cover of the book Glory be
By Augusta Scattergood.
In the summer of 1964 as she is about to turn twelve, Glory's town of Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is beset by racial tension when town leaders close her beloved public pool rather than desegregating it.
Cover of the book Jangles : a big fish story
By David Shannon.
A father relates to his son the tale of his encounter--and friendship--with a gigantic trout whose enormous jaw is covered with so many lures and fish hooks that he jangles when he swims, but who has never been caught.
Cover of the book Walls within walls
By Maureen Sherry ; illustrated by Adam Stower.
When the Smithfork family moves into a lavish Manhattan apartment building, they discover clues to a decades-old mystery hidden behind the walls of their new home.
Cover of the book Balloons over Broadway : the true story of the puppeteer of Macy's Parade
By written and illustrated by Melissa Sweet.
Award-winning artist Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America--the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Cover of the book Bake sale
By Sara Varon.
Cupcake runs a successful bakery with his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.
Cover of the book No sleep for the sheep!
By written by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic.
A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs or peeps to come in.
Cover of the book Perfect square
By Michael Hall.
A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.
Cover of the book The woods
By Paul Hoppe.
"When a boy can't find his favorite stuffed bunny, he heads into the woods to find it" -- Provided by publisher.
Cover of the book The cazuela that the farm maiden stirred
By Samantha R. Vamos ; illustrated by Rafael López.
A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.
Cover of the book Cat secrets
By Jef Czekaj.
Important secrets about how best to live a cat's life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats.

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