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Children's Book Lists: Texas Lone Star Reading List 2016

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Tara Altebrando / J FIC ALTEBRANDO
The Battle of Darcy Lane (also available on ebook)
Twelve-year-old Julia's summer with her friend Taylor is disrupted when new girl Alyssa moves to Darcy Lane and ruins Julia's friendship with Taylor, her crush Peter, and her fun summer plans.

Jennifer Brown / J FIC BROWN
How Lunchbox Jones Saved Me from Robots, Traitors, and Missy the Cruel
When Luke's dad forces him to join the robotics team at Forest Shade MS (famous for never having won anything EVER), Luke has to wonder: could they reverse the trend? Maybe. But only if Luke can figure out how to take charge of his life and keep out of the clutches of Missy the Cruel.

Michael Buckley / J FIC BUCKLEY
Three years ago, the Alpha walked out of the sea and set up camp at Coney Island. Lyric Walker has been hiding a secret for years--but now the secret has surfaced, just as Lyric is assigned to tutor Fathom, the Alphas' flaming-hot prince. There's no way this is going to end well.

Rachel Caine / J FIC CAINE
Ink and Bone
The Great Library controls all knowledge and prosperity in 2025. Jess is a book smuggler by family trade, an illegal and dangerous operation, though he loves books for what they represent. Jess is sent to study with the elite potential future librarians where mystery, intrigue, and deceit are revealed.

Christina Diaz Gonzalez / J FIC GONZALEZ
Moving Target
Twelve-year-old Cassie Arroyo is a student in Rome, but her life changes when a secret organization, the Hastati, shoots her father--and she learns that she is a member of an ancient bloodline that enables her to use the Spear of Destiny.

Lisa Graff / J FIC GRAFF
Lost in the Sun (also available in audiobook)
In 5th grade Trent was involved in a freak sporting accident that resulted in the death of another child. Riddled with guilt Trent must come to terms with what hap-pened. A moving story about forgiveness and redemption.

Phillip Hoose / J 940.53489083 HOOSE
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pederson and the Churchill Club
Germany invades Denmark with no resistance from the government or armed forces. A group of teens feels they must do something to hinder the German invaders. Through sabotage and theft, the group is able to cause disruptions to the German forces in their town.

M. A. Larson / J FIC LARSON
Pennyroyal Academy (also available on audiobook)
A girl from the forest enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons.

Victoria Laurie / J FIC LAURIE
Sixteen-year-old Maddie Flynn sees the death date of everyone she meets or sees in a photograph or on-screen, and her alcoholic mother exploits this by having her do read-ings for money, but when Maddie predicts the death of a young boy, she becomes the center of an FBI investigation.

Emmy Laybourne / J FIC LAYBOURNE
A posh, seven-day celebrity cruise begins as a pre-launch publicity party for Solu, a groundbreaking new artificial sweetener. Passengers are promised they will lose five to 10 percent of their body fat in a matter of days. Over the course of the week, they lose a lot more than fat.

Valynne Maetani / J FIC MAETANI
Ink and Ashes
When Japanese American Claire Takata finds out that her deceased father was once a member of the Yakuza, a Japanese crime syndicate, danger enters her life that could end up killing someone.

Jennifer Nielson / J FIC NIELSON
A Night Divided
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West. Four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.

Susin Nielson / YP FIC NIELSON
We Are All Made of Molecules (also available on audiobook)
Thirteen-year-old brilliant but socially-challenged Stewart and mean-girl Ashley must find common ground when, two years after Stewart's mother died, his father moves in with his new girlfriend--Ashley's mother.

Cherie Priest / J FIC PRIEST
I Am Princess X
May & Libby created Princess X, a comic character, who should have died when Libby drowned. But now May is seeing Princess X everywhere she goes, and she knows Libby must be alive. Together with hacker extraordinaire Patrick, she starts tracking Princess X online, little knowing that someone from the darknet is now tracking HER.

Jason Reynolds / YP FIC REYNOLDS
The Boy in the Black Suit
Matt's mother just died. His father begins spending his days drunk on the corner. He knows that he needs a job to take his mind off of everything, and when he is offered a position at the funeral home, he accepts. He begins to find himself through watching the grief of others.

Con Academy
Two con artists, one school: Will and Andrea figure out right away the place just isn't big enough for both of them. So they make a bargain--the first one to get $50,000 out of super-rich jerk Brandt Rush gets to stay, and the other one has to pack it up. May the best con win.

I Become Shadow
Two con artists, one school: Will and Andrea figure out right away the place just isn't big enough for both of them. So they make a bargain--the first one to get $50,000 out of super-rich jerk Brandt Rush gets to stay, and the other one has to pack it up. May the best con win.

Shanna Swendson / YP FIC SWENDSON
Rebel Mechanics: All Is Fair in Love and Revolution
When Verity Newton set out for New York City in 1888, she never expected to witness a train robbery, see the first ride of a mostly-illegal steam car, or get hired as a governess by one of the most powerful magical families in the British American colonies.

Teresa Toten / YP FIC TOTEN
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B (also available in audiobook)
The two teens meet in a group for those struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Each group member takes on a superhero persona for sessions at the urging of their psychologist. Adam chooses Batman, and is floored when his crush Robyn chooses Robin in order to be his sidekick. Adam has a knack for helping others who struggle with their own issues but is so overwhelmed by his compulsions to realize his gifts. Interesting exploration of the trials and tribulations of OCD as well as everyday teen issues such as love, friendships, school, and divorce.

Kat Yeh / J FIC YEH
The Truth About Twinkie Pie
Twelve-year-old GiGi and her big sister DiDi move to NY from SC for GiGi to attend a fancy private school. GiGi has a new recipe for success and makes friends, but discovers a family secret that turns her life upside-down.

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