The Texas Lone Star List The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source.
Enduring the worst Monday of her life when she flubs a student council election speech, takes an awful class photo, bombs softball tryouts and finally gets dumped by her musician boyfriend, Ellie is given six chances to relive the day to set things right and determine what she really wants. By the author of the Unremembered trilogy.
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
Transported back to the time of Henry VIII, Welsh longbow girl Merry Owen, assisted by her best friend, James, enters an archery tournament to save her ancestors' land from being seized by greedy aristocrats. A first young adult novel by the author of Hostage.
Spending a summer in New Mexico helping her family move her aging grandfather to an assisted living home, 12-year-old Carol avoids her prickly grandfather before she is captivated by his astonishing magical stories.
A debut entry in a trilogy by the award-winning author of the Crown of Stars series finds a teen girl from a privileged family secretly competing in her city's prestigious athletic competitions. Simultaneous eBook.
Mysteriously returned to her high-profile family eight years after being kidnapped, 16-year-old Addie, whose parents are now the president and first lady, is spied on by her one-time best friend, who evaluates her as a potential threat to national security. A first novel.
When his brother is wrongly labeled a terrorist, 17-year-old Iranian-American Kamran Smith joins a ragtag team of underground intelligence professionals to prove his brother's innocence and prevent a large-scale terrorist attack. By the award-winning author of Samurai Shortstop.
A young man who loses his voice after multiple tragedies realizes that he cannot connect with loved ones or defend himself without communicating and embarks on a quest to rediscover his voice in myriad ways. By the author of Sure Signs of Crazy.
Years after surviving the attack that ended her mother's life and caused her missing father to become the prime suspect, Olivia learns that her father also died on the fateful day, a discovery that compels her to search for the killer before she becomes the next victim. By the best-selling author of Girl, Stolen.
A debut entry in a new series by the author of the Wereworld series finds 12-year-old Max Van Helsing, a latest family member to carry on the traditions of his monster-hunting family, discovering that he has become a victim of an evil Warlock's curse.
A fantasy romance inspired by the classic Tales of the Arabian Nights features teen female genie Zahra, who is forced to disguise her true identity when she's found in a world where magic is forbidden and where her chance for freedom is challenged by her love for her master.
Stranded in the desert during an educational safari gone wrong, zoologist's daughter Sara and her teammates embark on a perilous journey to safety that is interrupted by their astonishing discovery of a silver lion. Simultaneous eBook.
"A twelve-year-old boy is chosen to join a four-person applicant team to work towards membership in the Confederation of United Planets, and stumbles across conspiracies resembling science fiction he's been a fan of his entire life"
Disabled foundling Maggie embarks on a magical quest to find the father she has never known, meeting pilgrims and thieves along the way before her striking resemblance to the princess Petranilla reveals astonishing family ties and raises more questions about her past.
When Nott City is taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown, and her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley flees for her life and joins a group of children trying to take back what is rightfully theirs in this futuristic retelling of Robin Hood
Aspiring to be the fasted sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, a gifted runner finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violence-prone father, in a debut entry of a series about four teammates from very different backgrounds. By the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award-winning author of When I Was the Greatest.
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
Reluctantly spending the summer in Tuscany in order to fulfill her mother's dying wish that she get to know her absent father, Lina is inspired to follow in her mother's footsteps after reading her journal and, in the process, uncovers a long-hidden secret. A first novel.