Texas Lone Star Reading List

2013

Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Still grieving her beloved grandfather and with no father to count on, Sugar and her mother suddenly find themselves homeless. Life has dealt them a devastating blow, but Sugar Mae Cole is not one easily knocked down.


Almost Home

Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Kendra from Beastly is back and trying to help Emma in this Cinderella story with a modern day twist. Classic tales of The Little Mermaid, Hansel and Gretel, and The Princess and the Pea all play a part as well.


BEWITCHING by Alex Flinn

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is the best mechanic in New Beijing, and, unfortunately, she is also an unloved stepchild and a cyborg. When Crown Prince Kai seeks her skills to fix a beloved android, Cinder unwittingly finds herself drawn into a deadly game of planetary politics.


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Curverball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

How do you go on when your whole life has been about baseball and an elbow injury ends your playing career in an instant? Devastated Peter Friedman is forced to find out.


Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo

Lizzie, an ailing elderly woman, recounts her childhood memories of life in Dresden, Germany during the 1945 allied bombings that destroyed the city. She and her family fled the city, taking with them an orphaned elephant her mother has cared for since its birth.


An elephant in the garden cecile's book trailer

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Every other day, Kali changes from a normal girl to an invincible monster killer. She is forced to reveal her secret and enlist the help of friends when she sees that a classmate is marked for death – and it’s on the wrong day.


"Every Other Day" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Book Trailer created by Aurora Dolham

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Sir Conner, a nobleman in the kingdom of Carthya, scours the country searching for an orphan who will pass as the long-lost prince and carry out his deceptive plan. The four orphans must compete to be chosen as the prince or face certain death.


The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

How The Croaked: The Aweful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Some of the most famous people came to the most gruesome of deaths. Read all about it, if you have "the guts for gore!"


How They Croaked

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

Tom is drifting aimlessly with his washed up, gambler father when his life takes a completely unexpected turn. He is offered a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy, where he will be trained as a WWIII operative.


INSIGNIA by S. J. Kincaid -- Official Trailer

Keeping the Castle: A Tale of Romance, Riches and Real Estate by Patrice Kindl

Althea Crawley lives in a deteriorating castle with her mother, younger brother, and two stepsisters. Strong-willed, beautiful, and cunning, Miss Crawley must find a wealthy man to marry in order to preserve her family’s home.


Legend by Marie Lu

June, a prodigy and government “golden girl”, is on the hunt for Day, a famous criminal and hero of the people. But when she finds him, he is not what she expected.


LEGEND book trailer

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Marlee finds her voice to speak out against racism and segregation when she makes a real friend in Liz, an African-American girl passing for white, in her 1958 Little Rock junior high school.


Book Trailer Lions of Little Rock

Outlaw: A Novel by Stephen Davies

Jake and his sister Kas are kidnapped from Burkina Faso, where their father serves as the British Ambassador, and end up in the hands of the famous outlaw Yakuba.


OUTLAW - Book Trailer

Planet Tad by Tim Carvell

Tad begins the New Year with a blog and a resolution to survive the seventh grade. His blog posts chronicle his struggles with his annoying little sister, science projects, an embarrassing summer job, and many more middle school mishaps.


PLANET TAD by Tim Carvell

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Orphan Carver Young is taken in and trained by a retired detective. Carver’s first assignment is to find his long lost father, and all he has to go on is a letter, a letter with handwriting that matches that of the infamous murderer, Jack the Ripper.


Ripper by Stefan Petrucha book trailer

Shadow and Bone By Leigh Bardugo

While crossing the vast, horrifying Fold, Alina discovers that she has magical powers. Attracting the attention of her country's most powerful leaders, Alina is whisked away, and her whole life changes in an instant.


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Stohmeyer

Overachievers Gigi, Bea and Neerja have been friends forever. They have their sights set on top colleges where their lives will really start. But when the girls realize that grades aren't everything, they each take on a new challenge to push their own personal envelope and learn that they are more than just the sum total of their GPA.


Smart Girls Get What They Want

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

Love him or hate him, one cannot deny the impact Steve Jobs had on the twenty-first century. This is the honest story of the complicated man who truly thought different.


Under the Mesuite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Lupita’s heart belongs both in her native Mexico and in her American home in Eagle Pass. The oldest of eight siblings, she is resilient as she struggles to help raise her siblings in the face of a family illness.


Under the Mesquite Book Trailer

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Auggie, a boy with extreme facial anomalies, takes a big step entering middle school after a life of homeschooling. Will his classmates accept him as just a normal kid?


Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Pike Library

All summaries came from TLA's website for the Texas Lone Star Reading program.