The Texas Lone Star List The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source.
A relaxing summer under the banyan trees in Miami is turned upside-down by Arturo's cute new neighbor, who helps him in his quest to use the power of poetry, protest and family stories to stop the plans of a land developer who wants to demolish his Abuela's restaurant and surrounding community. Simultaneous eBook.
Moving to Mars with his scientist parents and the other survivors of Earth when the sun inexplicably starts to go supernova, Liam, a boy from the early 23rd century, makes a profound discovery about the nature of time and space. Simultaneous eBook.
Crossing paths at an inn, three 13th-century travelers impart the wryly whimsical tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee and a psychic peasant girl, who, in the company of a loyal greyhound, must escape evil knights, sit alongside a king and save their land from a flatulent dragon.
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together. Simultaneous eBook.
Discovered in Washington D.C.'s National Gallery with no memory of who he is, a young boy begins a high-stakes race to piece together disjointed clues about his origins while using his limited knowledge to prevent one of the greatest art frauds ever committed, in a story complemented by QR codes about depicted masterpieces. Simultaneous eBook. 15,000 first printing.
A high-action tale based on the lesser-known history of the Japanese Americans who fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II follows the experiences of a young Japanese-American soldier who confronts dangerous conditions in his segregated regiment while his family endures life in an internment camp. Simultaneous eBook.
"When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire"
A stand-alone prequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by the best-selling author of the Lunar Chronicles, follows the story of the Queen of Hearts, whose talent for baking and love for a mysterious court joker conflict with her mother's ambitions to make her a queen. Simultaneous eBook.
Targeted by an ambitious grandparent who would exploit her magical talents to reclaim their dynasty's ruling power, Hazel forges an unlikely alliance with servant boy Hob, who has been sent to the city to spy on Hazel's family. Simultaneous eBook.
Cursed with a spell-breaking magic kiss, Princess Anya is forced to flee her stepfamily's plot to take over the kingdom and embarks on a wild adventure involving a talking dog, a boy trapped in the body of a newt and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards. By the best-selling author of the Old Kingdom series. Simultaneous eBook.
Enjoying a quiet life in a tiny Louisiana fishing town, 16-year-old Evangeline is set adrift by Hurricane Katrina and must work through difficult political and cultural challenges to regain her sense of belonging. A first novel.
After a misunderstanding leads him to be suspended from school, Miles Morales feels conflicted about his identity as the new Spider-Man, but when his scholarship is threatened, he uncovers a plot that puts his friends and neighborhood at risk
A debut entry in an alternate-history series depicts three kids who try to solve a modern-world puzzle and complete a treasure hunt laid into the streets and buildings of New York City. By the National Book Award finalist author of Bone Gap. Simultaneous eBook.
""In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed ('gleaned') by professional reapers ('scythes'). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe--a position neither of them wants. The one who becomesa scythe must kill the one who doesn't"
Disabled foundling Maggie embarks on a magical quest to find the father she has never known, meeting pilgrims and thieves along the way before her striking resemblance to the princess Petranilla reveals astonishing family ties and raises more questions about her past.
A girl who is rather petite for her age is cast as a Munchkin in a regional theater production of The Wizard of Oz before she bonds with a director who admires her can-do attitude, an adult with dwarfism who does not let size define her and an artistic neighbor who encourages her resolve to stand out. By the author of Counting by 7s. Simultaneous eBook.
Setting aside her crush on a boy who prefers her best friend, Gracie plays Cyrano de Bergerac to help her friend write clever texts to the boy, whose equally witty replies suggest that he may be getting assistance with his own romantic communiqués. By the author of Unfriended. Simultaneous eBook.
The award-winning author of Flipped presents the story of a young girl who is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp when her behavior escalates out of control, a situation that forces her to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help. Simultaneous eBook.
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls
A wacky collection of fractured fairy tales by the best-selling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy features characters who prove less than virtuous in the face of spooky, hilarious and often icky challenges, from a girl who emerges from the forest as a zombie to a prince whose efforts to find a wife pit him against furry vampires. Simultaneous eBook.