YA Book Lists: Texas Teens

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Paradise by Jill Alexander / YP FIC ALEXANDER

Paisley Tillery dreams a career as a professional drummer will take her out of her small Texas town, but when her country rock band gets a handsome new lead singer from Paradise, Texas, those dreams may change.

The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander / YP FIC ALEXANDE

In a small East Texas town largely ruled by prejudices and bullies, 14-year-old Austin sets out to win a ride in the next parade and, in the process, grows in her understanding of friendship and helps her widowed mother through her mourning.

Through her Eyes by Jennifer Archer / YP FIC ARCHER

Sixteen-year-old Tansy is used to moving every time her mother starts writing a new book, but in the small Texas town where her grandfather grew up, she is lured into the world of a troubled young man whose death sixty years earlier is shrouded in mystery.

Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine / YP FIC CAINE

Morganville is a small college town in the heart of Texas-not a place that exactly screams "hotbed of creatures of the night." But college freshman Claire Danvers is about to discover why, in Morganville, you should never, ever stay out after dark.

Series order: Glass Houses, he Dead Girls' Dance, Midnight Alley, Feast of Fools, Lord of Misrule, Carpe Corpus, Fade Out, Kiss of Death, Ghost Town, Bite Club, Last Breath

Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore / YP FIC CLEMENTM

On their way to spend spring break on a Texas beach, college freshmen Maggie Quinn and D&D Lisa are stranded in a town where some believe a chupacabra is killing animals, and as the girls investigate they get help from diverse and unexpected sources.

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore / YP FIC CLEMENTM

Amy Goodnight has long been the one who makes her family of witches seem somewhat normal to others, but while spending a summer with her sister caring for their aunt's farm, Amy becomes the center of weirdness when she becomes tied to a powerful ghost.

Whip It by Shauna Cross / YP FIC CROSS

When Bliss Cavendar, who is miserable living in a small Texas town with her beauty pageant-obsessed mother, secretly joins a roller derby team under the name "Babe Ruthless," her life gets better, although much more confusing.

Out of His League by Pat Flynn / YP FIC FLYNN

In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

Deep in the Heart of High School by Veronica Goldbach / YP FIC GOLDBACH

Three friends — Olivia Silverstein, Fatima Garcia, and Vanessa Reynolds — help one another through family troubles, romantic crushes, and the perils of freshman year at a San Antonio, Texas, high school.

The Goodbye Season by Marian Hale / YP FIC HALE

In Canton, Texas, 17-year-old Mercy's dreams of a different life than her mother's are postponed by harsh circumstances, including the influenza epidemic of 1918-19, which forces her into doing domestic work for a loving, if troubled, family.

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley / YP FIC HEASLEY

When 16-year-old Corinne Corcoran's father loses his job, she is forced to give up her privileged Manhattan lifestyle and move to Broken Spoke, Texas, where she discovers that life is more than shopping sprees and country clubs.

Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs / YP FIC HOBBS

When North Carolina 14-year-old Dylan Sands joins his 15-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and fugitive kidnapper.

The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long / YP FIC LONG

As the civil rights struggle heats up in Houston, Texas, two families — one white, one black — find common ground. This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights.

Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackey / YP FIC MACKEY

After moving from Chicago to Dallas in the spring of her sophomore year, 15-year-old Ella finds that joining the softball team at her private school not only helps her make friends, it also provides unexpected opportunities to learn and grow.

Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall / YP FIC MCCALL

Throughout her high school years, as her mother battles cancer, Lupita takes on more responsibility for her house and seven younger siblings, while finding refuge in acting and writing poetry.

Taking Off by Jenny Moss / YP FIC MOSS

In 1985 in Clear Lake, Texas, high school senior Annie Porter struggles with her desire to become a poet, but her dream is strengthened when she meets Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to go into space.

What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Perez / YP FIC PEREZ

Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood — and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college — smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves / YP FIC REEVESM

A mentally ill 16-year-old girl reunites with her estranged mother in an East Texas town that is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine.

Illegal by Betina Restrepo / YP FIC RESTREPO

Nora, faces the challenges of being an illegal immigrant in Houston, Texas, when she and her mother cross the border in search of Nora's father.

A Good Long Way by René Saldaña / YP FIC SALDANA

Three Mexican American teenagers in a small town in Texas struggle with difficulties at home and at school as they try to attain the elusive status of adulthood.

The Whole Sky Full of Stars by René Saldaña / YP FIC SALDANA

Barry competes in a non-sanctioned boxing match in hopes of helping his recently-widowed mother, unaware that his best friend and manager, Alby, has his own desperate need for a share of the purse that may put their friendship on the line.

Lifted by Becky Tolliver / YP FIC TOLLIVER

When she moves to a conservative Texas community and is reluctantly enrolled in a private Baptist school, Poppy is excited to make friends with popular girls whose shoplifting habits introduce her to a reckless way of life.

How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler / YP FIC ZIEGLER

Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to "supreme dorkdom."