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Children's Book Lists: 2017 Texas Lone Star Reading List

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David Liss / J SF 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.

Susan Hill Long / J FIC HILL
The Magic Mirror: Concerning a Lonely Princess, a Foundling Girl, a Scheming King and a Pickpocket Squirrel
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.

Kekla Magoon / J FIC MAGOON
Shadows of Sherwood
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.

Jason Reynolds / J FIC 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. How-ever, to stay on the team he has to stay out of trouble.

Kevin Sands / J FIC SANDS
The Blackthorn Key (Also available on aduiobook and ebook)
In 1665 London, fourteen-year-old Christopher Rowe, apprentice to an apothecary, and his best friend, Tom, try to uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Jenna Evans Welch / YP WELCH
Love and Gelato (Also available on ebook)
When Lina's mother is diagnosed with inoperable can-cer, 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.

Jessica Brody / YP BRODY
A Week of Mondays
It was the worst Monday ever--school pictures were terrible, she bombed her election speech and soft-ball 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.

Aimee Carter / J FIC CARTER
Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den
Simon Thorn, twelve, is able to talk with animals, but when his mother is kidnapped by a herd of New York City rats he learns he, his mother, and his uncle are all Animalgams--able to change into an animal at will--and that Simon may be able to save the beleaguered Five Animal Kingdoms.

Peter Collier / J 355.092273 COLLIER
Choosing Courage: Inspiring True Stories of What It Means to Be a Hero
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.

Linda Davies / J FIC DAVIES
Longbow Girl
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.

Lindsay Eagar / J FIC EAGAR
Hour of the Bees (Also available in audiobook)
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.

Kate Elliott / YP ELLIOTT
Court of Fives (Also available in ebook)
When a scheming lord tears her family apart, Jessamy must rely on her friendship with a high-ranking Patron boy and her skill at the athletic competition Fives to save her father's reputation and protect her Commoner mother and mixed-race sisters.

Jan Gangsei / YP GANGSEI
Zero Day
Addie was kidnapped 8 years ago, long before her father was President. When she "escapes" her captors, everyone is overjoyed. But some-thing happened to Addie during those 8 years, and it's about to change the fate of the United States forever.

Alan Gratz / YP GRATZ
Code of Honor (Also available in audiobook)
When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labeled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother's life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.

Ryan Graudin / YP GRAUDIN
Wolf by Wolf
Yael is a Nazi death camp survivor in an alternative history where Hitler was successful in conquering Europe. She was experi-mented on by the Angel of Death and uses her shapeshifting powers to try and win a motorcycle race to assassinate Hitler.

Karen Harrington / YP 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.

April Henry / YP HENRY
The Girl I Used to Be
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.

Curtis Jobling / J FIC JOBLING
Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse
In this gore-spattered, bone-crunching series opener, turning 13 brings a host of new challenges for Max, a full-time monster hunter, part-time middle-school student, and the last scion of his renowned family.

Jessica Khoury / YP KHOURY
The Forbidden Wish
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.

Jessica Khoury / YP 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 com-pany may just die with them.

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