The Tayshas High School Reading List, from the Texas Library Association, encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 9-12. Each year, books exploring a variety of topics, reading tastes, & maturity levels are chosen by a committee of school & public librarians from across Texas. The Tayshas Top Ten is selected from the titles receiving a unanimous vote in the initial voting process. The full Tayshas List can be found here.
An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens. By the National Book Award-winning author of Feed.
Growing up a few blocks away from each other in 1920s Seattle, African-American teen Flora and white boy Henry forge a deep bond over their shared love of jazz music, unaware that their taboo relationship is being manipulated by eternal adversaries, Love and Death.
Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his father's home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he is soon joined by five others, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.
An awareness-raising tale about the realities of teen prostitution follows the experiences of a foster child whose host family requires her to earn her keep in dark and dangerous ways. By the award-winning author of Life Is Funny.
Questioning her plus-sized body for the first time when an athletic boy appears to return her affections, Willowdean enters her city's beauty pageant and uses her sassy styles and talents to compete against thinner contestants
Meeting on the ledge of their school's bell tower, misfit Theodore Finch and suicidal Violet Markey find acceptance and healing that are overshadowed by Finch's fears about Violet's growing social world. A first young adult novel by the author of American Blonde.
Losing everything including her family, her hands and her ability to trust after spending 12 years in a cult, a traumatized Minnow struggles to find her voice in juvenile detention in the aftermath of her leader's death.
Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas, in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.