2017 Texas Lone Star Reading List

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A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

It was the worst Monday ever--school pictures were terrible, she bombed her election speech and softball tryouts, and her rocker boyfriend Tristan broke up with her. Ellie just wishes there was a chance for a do-over. Little does she know that she'll get the do-over...and she'll have to keep on repeating that awful Monday until she gets it right.

Also try these:


  • P.S. I Like You by Kasie West
  • The Breakup Bible by Melissa Kantor
  • The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love by Jennifer E. Smith
a Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den by Aimee Carter

Simon Thorn's life is less than typical: he's bullied at school; he lives with his uncle who never explains anything about their family; he can talk to animals; and, he rarely sees his mother. When his mother is kidnapped during a short visit and animals keep giving him advice or attacking him, Simon learns that his family are all Animalgams--people who can shift into an animal. There's a war on, and Simon is now in the middle of a power struggle for survival.

Book 2: Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit

Also try these:

  • Michael Vey series by Richard Paul Evans
  • The Apothecary by Maile Meloy
  • Ferals by Jacob Grey

Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den

Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero by Peter Collier

What turns an ordinary person into a hero? What happens in the blink of an eye on a battlefield (or in any dangerous situation) to bring out true courage? The men and women who have been recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation know the answers to these questions deep in their hearts.

Also try these:

  • The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
  • The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb
  • The Warrior's Heart by Eric Greitens

Longbow Girl by Linda Davies

Merry comes from a long line of longbow men. Her intelligence and fitness give her courage to fulfill a lost legend and save her family's land from the de Courcys who want their land back. It'll take a trip to the past with her best friend to save the present.

Also try these:

  • Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor
  • Treasure of Maria Mamoun by Michelle Chalfoun
  • All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Introducing LONGBOW GIRL by Linda Davies!

Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eager

Carol and her family are forced to spend the summer with a grandfather they don't know when his ailing dementia becomes worse. Carol is forced to acknowledge her roots and in the process discovers more about who she is and what kind of person she wants to become.

Also try these:

  • Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  • The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Hour of the Bees book review

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Jessamy lives in a world between: not a Commoner, not a Patron--kept apart from both by society's disapproval. She lives to compete, but even then, she can only take part in the complex Court of Fives games if she hides her identity: her father would kill her if he knew. But her skill brings her to the notice of both handsome Lord Kalliarkos and his evil-doing uncle Lord Gargaron, and sets in motion of chain of events that separates her parents and nearly destroys her family. The only way she can save them now is by winning the next games...but if she does, Kal may never look at her the same way again.

Book 2 is Poisoned Blade.

Also try these:


  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Demon King by Cinda WIlliams Chima
  • The Reader (Sea of Ink & Gold) by Traci Chee
Kizoa Movie - Video - Slideshow Maker: Book Trailer: Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei

Addie was kidnapped 8 years ago, long before her father was President. When she "escapes" her captors, everyone is overjoyed. But something happened to Addie during those 8 years, and it's about to change the fate of the United States forever.

Also try these:


  • The Cipher by John Ford
  • Danny Watts series by Andy McNabb
  • All Fall Down by Ally Carter
Zero Day book review

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Kamran's brother Darius is accused of being of a terrorist, and Kamran's family is detained by Homeland Security and questioned over and over. Kamran refuses to believe his brother is a traitor--and he thinks he can prove it by helping the authorities decode clues that Darius has been leaving in his video rants against the US. If Kamran's right, there's something big--and bad--about to come down right here in the US. His problem is getting anyone to believe the brother of a terrorist.

Also try these:

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Catch You Later, Traitor by Avi
  • The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Yael is a Nazi death camp survivor in an alternative history where Hitler was successful in conquering Europe. She was experimented on by the Angel of Death and uses her shapeshifting powers to try and win a motorcycle race to assassinate Hitler.

Book 2 is Blood for Blood.

Also try these:


  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwin Hamilton
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Mayday by Karen Harrington

Wayne is a middle schooler that has survived a plane crash and lost his voice in the accident. Fine except he needs his voice in a lot of ways to navigate school, relationships, and family.

Also try these:

  • The Courage Test by James Preller
  • Connect the Stars by Marisa De Los Santos
  • Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard

Mayday book review
MAYDAY, by Karen Harrington

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

When Ariel Benson was three years old, her parents were murdered before her eyes. She was the only witness. Now 17, and using her adopted name of Olivia Reinhart, she returns to the tiny town where the gruesome events took place, determined to find out who did it. Little does she expect that the killer is still there, waiting to spring into action if the wrong person every shows up— specifically, the girl Olivia used to be.

Also try these:

  • The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting
  • They Never Came Back by Caroline Cooney
  • The Body in the Woods by April Henry

The Girl I Used To Be, by April Henry (MPL Book Trailer #280)

Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse by Curtic Jobling

Max Helsing is the last in the line of (Van) Helsings, famed monster hunters. He feels like he's got things down pretty well...but what Max doesn't realize is that a long-dormant curse is about to fall on the 13th descendant of Liesbeth Van Helsing on his/her 13th birthday. It's the 13th Curse--and it just so happens that Max is the 13th descendant. Oh well. How bad could it be? Max is about to find out.

Book 2 is Max Helsing and the Beast of Bone Creek by Curtis Jobling .

Also try these:


  • Alex Van Helsing series by Jason Henderson
  • Alfred Kropp series by Rick Yancey
Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse - book trailer - Curtis Jobling

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

A ring tells a teen boy to seek; he seeks and finds a lamp and, subsequently, a jinni. Together, they plan to avenge his parents' deaths.

Also try these:

  • The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck
  • Defy series by Sarah B. Larson
  • Atlantia by Ally Condie

Jessica Khoury pitches her book THE FORBIDDEN WISH in 30 seconds!

Kalahari by Jessica Khoury

Six teens, stranded in the Kalahari desert, must fight to stay alive, to avoid the poachers who killed Sarah's Bushman friend Theo, and stay clear of the freakish silver lion that seems to be stalking them. But even as they draw closer to a stunning answer to their questions, they're just as far as ever from being rescued. The secrets of the evil Corpus company may just die with them.

Also try these:

  • Origin by Jessica Khoury
  • Dark Energy by Robison Wells
  • Eve & Adam by Michael Grant

KALAHARI, by Jessica Khoury

Randoms by David Liss

Intelligent alien life does exist and they’ve contacted the Earth and invited us to apply to join their Confederation of Planets. Our application? Send three of the world’s best students and one random kid to their home planet to compete.

Book 2 is Rebels.

Also try these:

  • The Improbable Theory of Ana & Zak by Brian Katcher
  • The Lab by Jack Heath

David Liss on 'Randoms'

The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel by Susan Hill Long

Maggie is crippled and lives with a woman who agreed to take her in when she was abandoned. Maggie's content until she comes into possession of a magical mirror, which sends her on a quest to solve the mystery of her identity. Maggie's adventurous journey brings an eclectic group of people--even a squirrel--together as they fight evil in order to make the kingdom a safer place.

Also try these:

  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Girl Who Drank the Moon Kelly Barnhill
  • Monstrous by Marcy Kate Connolly

The Magic Mirror... book review

Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon

When the government kidnaps her parents, Robyn Loxley takes to the streets, assembling a group of misfit teens to steal from the rich and give to the poor, and otherwise bring justice to Nott City. A snappy mashup of the Robin Hood myth.

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Also try these:

  • Tesla's Attic by Neal Shusterman
  • Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
  • Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Castle, or "Ghost" is a 7th grader who runs. He was born knowing how to and always has. A coach for the elite track team, The Defenders, sees that Ghost has raw talent and gets him to join the team. However, to stay on the team he has to stay out of trouble.

Also try these:

  • Runner by Carl Deuker
  • Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  • Booked by Kwame Alexander

National Book Award Finalist Jason Reynolds reads from Ghost

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

Someone is murdering apothecaries in 1660 London, and that gives Christopher Rowe plenty to worry about--he's Master Blackthorn's apprentice, and if someone's planning to kill the Master, they might just want to kill the apprentice as well. When the horrifying happens, Christopher is forced out onto the street, one step ahead of the man with the knife. Now he has to use his wits--and the knowledge of potions and codes he learned from the Master--to outsmart the killers and clear his own name. He's just a kid, so he'd better think fast...and stay at least two steps ahead of the shadowy killers who want him dead too.

Book 2 is Mark of the Plague.

Also try these:


  • Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
The Blackthorn Key book trailer

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

When Lina's mother is diagnosed with inoperable cancer, she wants Lina to live with Howard in Italy at her death. Lina, knowing nothing about her father, finds herself in Italy uncovering the mystery of her mother's past. Lina experiences Florence and all that living in Italy entails— romance, mystery, and a new culture.

Also try these:

  • A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen
  • This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
  • Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch- Book Trailer